A mischievous cat escaped from a pet carrier at a Manhattan subway station and delayed about 100 trains when it jumped onto the tracks during the afternoon rush hour Wednesday, authorities and transit sources said.

A passenger alerted an uptown E train motorman about 5:20 p.m. that she had been trying to clean the carrier when the feline leaped onto the roadbed at Canal Street, sources said.

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The MTA shut off the power to the tracks and suspended service on both uptown and downtown C and E trains.

An MTA spokesman said more than a 100 trains were delayed by the escaped cat.

A police officer rescued the cat from the roadbed, sources said.