Cotton - We want to share some cat stories for you today.
First, Wednesday night was sad. When the dogs left to walk Jan there was a dead cat lying in the road in front of our house. They didn't recognize it but they had a bad feeling. Jan called a neighbor she knew had been feeding a cat and a litter of kittens to ask if it was her's. They met in the road and waited protectively by the cat's body so she wouldn't be hit again until the neighbor's husband got there, picked up the cat and took her home for burial. She was pregnant when she was abandoned when her owners moved away. She left nursing kittens behind as well as the neighbor couple that intended to spay her so she wouldn't have another litter. So she had obviously found a home and family. We don't even know her name and Jan didn't ask any questions. It wasn't the time.
We came across this 2007 video on a team very dedicated to saving the life of a cat that had survived a dog attack and been buried alive. We couldn't find any details because the groups' website is offline but as deep as the cat was buried, something must have collapsed and left the cat an air pocket. The cat is safe after an all-night effort by The Emergency Animal Rescue Service near Birmingham, Alabama. When they finally reached the cat, well, it was ready to get out of there! And we all know not to stand between a cat and his freedom unless you really have to. We feel sorry for the poor guy she used as a ladder but he held on and she was not only rescued safely but adopted.
Just goes to show that even though there are a lot of cruel humans in the world, there are also a lot of kind ones.
If the video doesn't play, click here.
And finally, a Swedish couple picking mushrooms in the forest saw the head of a live kitten sticking out above ground. When they dug it out, they found two more. The kittens are safe now, and you can read their story here. Okay, no you can't. We forgot to include the link and now we can't find the one we searched over an hour for earlier today so we wouldn't give you a link to a "strange" site. So we're just going to copy and paste from an email received today. We don't like to do this but .... grrrrrr....
Mushroom pickers find kittens buried alive
A couple out picking mushrooms in the woods in western Sweden made a macabre find on Thursday evening after spotting the head of a live kitten peering out from the ground behind a tree stump.
The pair immediately began digging and quickly found three distressed and exhausted kittens buried in a woodland area near Hindås, 34 kilometres east of Gothenburg.
Shocked by the find, the couple contacted Tina Karlsson, who runs a local shelter for abandoned cats. Karlsson said one of the four week old kittens - two females and one male - had somehow managed to clamber out of the shallow grave and get its head above ground.
"If I got hold of whoever did this I don't know what I'd do," she said.
Karlsson said she would now nurse the kittens back to health before attempting to find a new home for them after they reach the age of twelve weeks.
"My heart bleeds for these little creatures who don't get a chance because of idiots without a heart or a brain," she said.