Apparently, this is a thing that can happen.

Claire Berlinski is an "American novelist, freelance journalist, travel writer and biographer" currently living in Paris, France. That sounds very romantic, in an Ernest Hemingway-Gertrude Stein kind of way, doesn't it? 

A couple days ago, she got trapped in her bedroom when her pet cats (one of which can be seen here  on her website's biography page) somehow or other "knocked the handle off [her] bedroom door," leaving her unable to escape for several hours. That's decidedly less romantic, in a your crazy aunt to whom things are always happening kind of way.

Luckily, Ms. Berlinski had the Internet, so she was able to document the whole frustrating ordeal in 140-characters-or-less chunks. The results were brilliant:

Apparently, the door was considerably more well-made then the handle. Probably outsourced to some Italians.

Insanity has yet to set in. This, however, is only the beginning.

Is this the first sign of some fraying nerves?

Yes, definitely some fraying nerves.

But just when things seem their darkest, there is a glimmer of the coming dawn...

Take note of that excitement. It won't last.

Apparently, locksmiths are really expensive in Paris. Maybe people being imprisoned by their pets is a somewhat common occurrence over there.

Pierre de Fermat was a French mathematician. This witticism checks out, mes amis.

Then, just as suddenly as the nightmare started, it drew to an end:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of pernicious pets, it was the age of lackadaisical locksmiths, it was the epoch of frustrating boredom, it was the epoch of sudden Internet stardom.

(by Dennis DiClaudio)

Sources: Claire Berlinski | h/t The Daily Dot