After finding Cookie thoroughly trapped, his family rushed him, tire and all, to the Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center in Middletown, Connecticut. Little did staffers there realize that they were about to become a pit crew of sorts.
"They had called ahead and we knew there was a cat stuck in a tire, but we didn't know how he was stuck — or how big of a tire it was," Jesse Ferguson, the vet's marketing manager, told The Dodo. "It was a surprise when they walked into the lobby with a full-sized car tire. Once I realized he's only stuck his head through the tire on his own, being a silly kitten, then the situation became less frightening. He wasn't hurt at all — just stuck."