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.
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.