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Jack the cat moved to Manhattan for further treatment

Jack the cat's new vets give him a check-up as he arrives in his new hospital room in Manhattan Photo courtesy of BluePearl Veterinary Partners
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Jack the cat is moving on to the West Side of Manhattan from Queens as he continues to regain his strength for his return voyage to his owner in California.

The cat, who was lost at John F. Kennedy International Airport for two months, was moved Thursday from the BluePearl Veterinary animal hospital in Forest Hills to its new state-of-the-arts facility at 410 West 55 St. where he will continue his recuperation.

“Jack’s still critical, but he’s stable so transferring him is the right decision at this point,” Jack’s vet, Benjamin Davidson, said in a statement. “The Manhattan hospital has an expansive intensive care unit where Jack will continue to be monitored around-the-clock by BluePearl’s broad complement of specialists, including cardiologists, critical care specialists, internists and dermatologists.”

On Aug. 25, Karen Pascoe was flying to California to move from Manhattan to her new home and planning to take Jack and his feline brother Barry with her on the flight. The two pets were put in kennels and were about to be placed in the plane when somehow Jack broke out and disappeared.

American Airlines officials began searching for Jack, but their efforts stalled two days later when the airport was shut down in preparation for Hurricane Irene.

The crews at the airport got a boost from cat-friendly supporters who were moved by Pascoe’s story. A Facebook fan page “Jack The Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK,” was immediately created and thousands of pet lovers pledged their support for the owner.

Two weeks ago members of the fan page, which had more than 22,600 fans, combed JFK and asked airport employees to be on the lookout for Jack.

On Oct 25, Jack dropped down from the ceiling right near American staff members who were in the customs room.

The cat was immediately taken to the airport’s vet center, where workers scanned his identification tag and confirmed that he was the missing feline.

Since then doctors have been treating him for malnourishment and other ailments and he is being fed through a tube, according to Pascoe.

“Because Jack was so ill from malnourishment, the timing of his fall was fortunate,” Dr. Christian Erikssona vet at the Forest Hills hospital, said in a statement. “He probably wouldn’t have survived much longer without intensive care.”

The airline has said it will fly the cat to California once it is given a clean bill of health.

Fans all over the world have been pulling for the feline and showing their supprort online and in person, according to the vet hospital.

““With nearly 23,000 people who like Jack and almost 18,000 talking about him on Facebook, Jack has become quite the celebrity,” BluePearl spokeswoman Joanne Lynch said. “It’s heartwarming how many people are rooting for him to get better.”

Reach reporter Ivan Pereira by e-mail at ipereira@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4546.

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Tamar from Manhattan says:
I have been following Jack's story all along and as a Manhattanite and cat lover I'm rooting for this baby to recover and be reunited with his mommy and sibling!

I'm such a cat person that I have a blog called I HAVE CAT about being single in the city with cats! http://www.ihavecat.com

I'd love to meet Jack and his Mom Karen. Maybe now that he is in Manhattan i'll get a chance to!
Nov. 4, 2011, 10:41 am
Eileen from Melville says:
Jack did not fall from the ceiling near American Airlines employees. He fell on a U.S. Customs and Border Officer, who then notified American Airlines. Searchers were not allowed to search for Jack in restricted areas of Terminal 8. American Airlines did little to actively search Terminal 8 and refused to heed advise to search the ceiling. American Airlines did not find Jack.
Nov. 4, 2011, 10:58 am
linda from New jersey says:
I am so thankful that jack is getting better and soon to be home with his family. He is just an amazing cat, with more than 9 lives...love that cat, and I pray each day he regains his strength..
love you jack....
Nov. 4, 2011, 10:59 am
Debbie from Indiana says:
When I heard that Jack the Cat was found I was so excited. He deserves all the TLC that he can get. I am a cat lover of 7 inside cats, one of whom is diabetic, and I really felt for him. 7 cats are a lot of work but they are worth it. I pray he makes a full recovery and is united with his family in California. Such good news!!!!
Nov. 4, 2011, 12:49 pm
Prissi from Nashville says:
I have been following Jack and his recovery. I have prayed for this kitty and I hope he will continue to progress and get well so he can go to California and be with his owner and sibling. I have fallen in love with this cat for some reason. Good thoughts and wishes to Jack.
Nov. 4, 2011, 4:25 pm
——cats10 from Houston TX says:
Jackie Boy... get better soon!!! I have been following that little guy's story from the start. Best wishes and heartfelt thoughts to that little guy and his family!
Nov. 4, 2011, 4:32 pm
c from jfk terminal 9 says:
i was looking for that darn cat for weeks surrounded by idiots. sure hope he makes it. double seal your cage and make sure your cat or dog can't get out. then pray for the best when you check an animal on a flight
Nov. 4, 2011, 6:14 pm
Iceskater from Beautiful Maine says:
Put five dollars in an envelope and send it in Jacks name to your local shelter
Nov. 4, 2011, 7:01 pm
QuarryKat from From Cal says:
Jack, you're going to be okay and be a California Cat very soon, you'll enjoy the warm sun with brother Barry ( although the weather is a bit chilly in SF, right now)....think of all the stories you'll be able to tell Barry...good luck...
Nov. 4, 2011, 7:51 pm
Molly's mom from Sydney,Australia says:
Even in Sydney we were praying for Jack.As were many people all over the world.I will NEVER fly A.A and hope others will follow my lead .
Nov. 6, 2011, 10:58 pm
ManhattanCats from Manhattan says:
We are so glad to hear that Jack is receiving great treatment from NYCVS. http://manhattancats.com
Nov. 7, 2011, 9:55 am

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