Incredible Feline Survival Stories

The other day I saw a Facebook post from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay about a cat that literally came back from the grave. My first thought was to share the story but then it occurred to me that I follow other cats on Facebook that have equally impressive stories of great trauma and survival, so I though I would share some of their stories as well.

The first story is about a cat named Bart. He was hit by a car and found by a neighbor, “stiff and in a pool of blood.” The neighbor brought Bart to his owner who buried him. Somehow Bart managed to dig himself out of the grave and was found by a neighbor five days later. That neighbor knew that Bart was dead and buried and brought him to his owner. The owner could not afford the cost to treat him and asked the Human Society for help.

Bart continues to improve and his prognosis looks good. The Humane Society has investigated Bart’s home environment and the circumstances surrounding the accident and burial and decided not to return Bart to his home. You can learn more about Bart and his progress here.


Then there is Mr. Biscuits. He was a young cat in Philadelphia that was cold and decided to keep warm in the engine of a car where he got stuck. The driver of the car was not aware of his presence and drove to work. Fortunately, he noticed a problem with his power steering and opened his hood when he got to work to see what was wrong. That is when he made the shocking discovery.

Animal control officers worked for nearly two hours before freeing the kitten, who was severely burned over 25% of his body. He may have even been on fire at one point. He was rushed to Metropolitan Veterinary Associates who thought his injuries were too severe to treat but after seeing him lying on the table and “making biscuits” they decided to try.

Mr. Biscuits was taken in by The Grannie Project, a rescue organization that normally helps older cats but made an exception for Mr. Biscuits. Thanks to their help, he continues to improve.



Joe the cat

Another amazing survival story is Joe The Cat. Joe was found on the side of the road near Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. He was shot in the head 17 times with a pellet gun. A good Samaritan, thinking he was hit by a car, picked him up and brought him to the Humane Society.

Surviving 17 shots to the head, presumably at close range, is a miracle in itself, but what is really amazing is how the people of Sarnia came together in support of Joe. Two men were charged in the shooting and now the people are rallying around Joe’s cause in a fight to establish tougher penalties for animal abusers. Even though I have no influence in Ontario, I support their cause.


Last, but not least, there is Frosty the Frozen Kitten. She was found in  barn on Dec 30th, 2013.  The temperature had been below zero for many days and colder weather was on the way. She was so frozen that one of her limbs would not move and her eyes were frozen open. It was a miracle that she survived the first night and was near death for several days.

Slowly she started to get better. Her blindness caused by the extreme cold has healed but she still has trouble regulating he body temperature and will sometimes wear clothing or sleep on a heated cat bed.

You can read the entire story of Frosty’s rescue and rehabilitation here.

I think all of these cats are amazing but the true heroes are the ones who worked hard in the background to help save these cats and give them hope for a better future.  The same can be said for everyone who helps an animal in need. What do you think of these amazing kitties? Do you know of another survival story that you would like to share?

Don’t forget that you can follow Bad Cat Chris along with the above kitties on Facebook by following these links.  Bart – Via The Humane Society of Tampa Bay,  Mr. Biscuits,  Joe the Cat  and  Frosty the Frozen Kitten

Update: After posting this I realized I missed writing about Bobbie the Survivor. A bobcat attacked her and left her for dead. When someone discovered her and called for help, the bobcat came back and attacked again. You can read more of her story here. I also missed Crouton – Fire Survivor and Cat Extraordinaire. He was inside a house that was completely destroyed by fire. Read his story here.


27 thoughts on “Incredible Feline Survival Stories

  1. fozziemum

    Years of animal rescue work has left me with memories I will never forget..the things humans do to living creatures unspeakable….but those that help..are truly the most precious souls..because it takes something from you each and every time you see another case….and you worry if they will have anything left in the end..and they do..i can’t open the images as memories come flooding back..but bless them all and I hope one day..humans become humane and animals do not have to suffer because of us…

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Bless you too Bev for all you have done. I have come to realize that being humane is normal human behavior, hence the name, but we are not living in a normal world anymore and stress, above all else, changes peoples behavior to, shall we say, “less than humane.”

      1. fozziemum

        I agree..the Char;es the new Normal beggars belief to me…I did my little bit but bit by bit it adds up..i have seen the very worse of human behaviour and truly some of the most’s to a world where a happy medium can be struck 🙂

  2. Summer

    Thank you SO much for sharing these stories! I shared about Bart recently, and keep up with what is going on with him. I will make sure that I’m following the other kitties’ pages too (I know I am already following Frosty!).

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I think the fact that these cats found loving homes, loving foster homes, or a potential loving home, is part of the reason these stories are worth reading.

  3. Linnea

    Don’t forget about Russell. He, his 3 fur siblings, and his human were in a house fire a little over a year ago. One of the cats did not make it, another cat survived, the dog was taken to Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care and passed away there. Russell was able to run out of the house and was found alive a few days later. He has been in the same animal hospital and has had a few surgeries and all his burns treated. He is still there and I am sure he hopes to go home to his human mom real soon. Check him out!

    I follow most of the above kitties and Russell. =^^=

  4. The Swiss Cats

    Mum loves and hates that kind of stories at the same time : she loves them because it shows than there are still caring and loving humans who can save, help, and love forever those kitties ; she hates those stories because the story itself and the pictures are just unbearable, unspeakable, and impossible to understand for her. It’s inhuman to behave like this with living creatures. Purrs

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Yes, I agree. It is difficult to imagine what they went through without feeling bad, but I try to focus on the good that came after. I just hope these cats don’t carry emotional scars as well as their physical ones.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I actually follow Mr. Biscuits Facebook page but I rarely see a post from him because Facebook chooses who gets to see what post. I also follow too many others which may be part of the reason. Thanks for the info. I will check out his page.

  5. crystal

    hi.. i am from the philippines.. i love your posts about how good people helped the poor cats to be rescued.. its so heart melting.. i always love cats.. thank you to the people who have hearts for the animals especially when animals needed help..

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Thank you Crystal for the comment. There are so many good people in this world even though we mostly hear about the bad people. By the way, my ex wife and mother of my son is from The Philippines.


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