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.
"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.
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!
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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