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Cat Endures Cross-Country Trip, Stuck Inside Mattress, To Reunite with Family

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A family is reunited with their cat Moosie after the 2-year-old gray tabby survived a two-month journey trapped inside a mattress when its owners moved to their new home in Alaska.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Kymberly and Jesse Chelf thought they lost Moosie when they left El Paso, Texas, in April. Jesse Chelf, who is in the Army, was assigned to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks.

A moving company left with their belongings, but the Chelfs spent three more days in Texas searching for their feline friend.

Turns out, Moosie was already en route to Alaska - inside a futon mattress in the moving truck.

The couple was reunited with the cat when the family's belongings arrived in Fairbanks last week.

Kymberly Chelf says they rushed Moosie to a veterinary hospital, where he spent hours in surgery. She says Moosie is still recovering but is almost ready to return home.