Grandpa Finds Missing Kitten Sleeping In Kleenex Box

By Travis Greenwood

Chanel, a tiny, three-week old kitten with beady eyes and an adorable face, was on the table in the middle of the living room — until she wasn't.

Missing kitten found sleeping in tissue box
"I caan haz tishyou box?"
credit: @Britneydortiz / Twitter

The cat's abrupt, Houdini-like vanishing act came as a total surprise to her human foster mom, Britany, who wrote on Twitter that:

"I literally went to heat up her bottle and next thing I know she's gone."

What followed was an hour of frantic searching, both high and low. Pillow cushions were turned over, and couches flipped. Tears were shed, panicked texts sent.

Missing kitten found sleeping in tissue box
"What's in the box?" -- Detective David Mills
credit: @Britneydortiz / Twitter

And still Chanel was nowhere to be found. It's a terrible feeling, but one most pet owners can identify with if their furry BFF is a would-be escape artist.

Enter Britany's grandfather. Needing a tissue, the man reached for a Kleenex — resting in a box on the table — and was shocked by what he found: Chanel, contentedly dozing away!

Missing kitten found sleeping in tissue box
"All this fuss for little old me?"
credit: @Britneydortiz / Twitter

The anxiety-inducing episode with a happy ending was recapped earlier in the week by Britany on Twitter, where it went massively viral (660,000+ retweets can't be wrong, can they?) before spilling over to the social web.

Other cat owners found the whole thing eminently relatable. "It's a box! Always check boxes first!," advised one commenter.

"Number one rule of cat ownership. 😺", noted another.

While some were quick to suggest that the photos were staged, Britany put the haters in a deep freeze with follow-up video of Chanel clambering back into her new favorite spot less than an hour later.

"She definitely did it by herself. I definitely was crying thinking we lost her. Mom definitely yelled at her bc the tissue box was full lolo"

The moral here: Even at a young age, cats are hardwired to box!

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