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P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens Former stray kitten, Pumpkin , gets ready to pounce on one of her toys. The newly-famous feline's courageous survival story made national news Wednesday.

PLATTSBURGH — Stacey Pulsifer had no idea her kitten’s incredible journey would cause such a feline frenzy.

“It’s just nuts,” she said by phone Wednesday afternoon. “It’s very nice that everyone is so into it. But to me, she is just your average kitten.”

Pint-sized Pumpkin gained national attention after her harrowing story of survival appeared in the Press-Republican on Wednesday.

Aug. 11, the 6-week-old feline endured a 100-mile ride around the North County after getting stuck between the bumper and front end of Pulsifer’s Jeep. Pulsifer was alerted to her small stowaway when she heard the cat crying — with help from friends, she was able to extricate the black kitten.

Then she adopted her.


The Associated Press picked up the story from the Press-Republican, and Pumpkin’s saga started to show up on media websites around the country.

Not long after that, Pulisfer started to receive phone calls and Facebook messages from other media outlets wanting to know more about Pumpkin’s wild ride.

“She is legitimately famous,” the Plattsburgh woman laughed.

Pulsifer was most excited about a call for an interview from WINS 1010 news radio out of New York City.

“I have family in that area, and we listen to it all the time,” she said.

She said the normally cool kitty was a little freaked out by the television cameras when a local station did an interview, but Pumpkin was mostly taking her new fame in stride.

Pulsifer, on the other hand, was a little less calm.

“I’m just overwhelmed right now,” she said.


Pulsifer estimated Pumpkin was stuck behind the bumper for about 22 hours before her rescue.

Since the kitten’s front paw was broken in three places during the ordeal, she can no longer walk on it. The leg will need to be amputated in a few weeks, when she is a bit older.

For now, she sports a bright-pink cast.

So far, Pumpkin has managed to make the best of her disability, Pusifer said.

Recently the frisky feline accomplished a big feat, she noted.

“Pumpkin actually gets a running start, and the next thing you know, she is jumping on the sofa.”

Email Miranda Orso: morso@pressrepublican.com

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