Wednesday, April 9, 2008

THE LIFE OF THE MARCHING CAT

I can still vividly recall about a year ago as I was at my mechanic’s place when a black kitten fell down from the roof and obtained a very bad injury. He was trembling and shaking vigorously. Both of us rushed him to the nearest vet. According to the vet, he broke his spine and damaged part of his brain from the impact of the fall. The kitten was given a 10 percent chance of survival. The most he would be alive was estimated to be just few weeks as he was unable to feed or fend for himself.

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Feeling rather disappointed, we bought him back to the garage where we handfed him every few hours with milk and some soft food. Weeks and months went by as we watched him struggling daily to keep himself alive. He was such a fighter. He managed to pull through his predestined death call and grew into quite a manly cat. My mechanic decided then to adopt this kitten together with his 5 dogs, two of them being real vicious. To my surprise, none of the dogs mauled the helpless black kitten to death. In fact, they protected him more closely than ever.

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I was busy for some time with my job and did not have the time to visit my mechanic’s place for a few months. It was only a few days ago that I went there to tune my engine that I get to see that black cat again. As usual, he will be sleeping near the territory of the two fierce dogs. I called him and he managed to walk clumsily towards my voice. Gosh! He could still remember me after all these months. Maybe I was one of his two life savers that he would not forget for the rest of his life. I hardly could recognize him as he had put on quite a lot and grown stronger than the last time I saw him.

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He used to stumble down with every two steps he made few months back. At least now his legs were able to support the weight of his body but the way he walks can be very funny. He walked as if he belonged to the marching troops. Well, that is not much of importance to me. The most important thing is that he was able to stay on in this world, proving to us that as long as there is still love, care and compassion, staying alive would be worth the fight.

Panther, I salute you for your will power! Here is the miracle video of a surviving “marching” cat who I had named Panther.

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8 comments:

Luna said...

Oups you have already wednesday and I write on Cot .
Oh, at first I was sad about that video but I´m glad you all helped the kitty.
Yes you are right that staying alive is the fight worth. I hope Panther also think so. We don´t know how cats feel.
Sorry that I´m so late today/yesterday

MoMo said...

Where there is love, there is will and that often is the most important of all in the fight to live.

Yes, we don't know how cats feel but Panther looks happy enough and I am glad that the dogs are kind to him.

His gait is certainly distinctive. As long as it poses no problem to his day to day life, all is well.

Good luck to Panther and his family.

ML said...

What a wonderful story. He is a fighter. And thanks to you, he was given that chance to fight.
ML

Adan*Michico said...

Oah Panther~!!!!
What a heartwarming story and a little bit sad!!!!

I also send my purrs and prayer to Panther wish Panther will be ok!!

Irishcoda said...

That's an awesome story about Panther and I think you've got a great heart! :)

Daisy said...

I am so happy that Panther was given a chance at survival, and now he seems so happy. He has a strong and brave heart.

The Cat Realm said...

What a great story! We love to hear these stories with the happy endings.... He walks really very well!!! We always say: cats can live on love!!! That is what we hope will happen to my sister-in-law Miral - that she will be able to live many more years with all the love she gets....
Karl

Mickey said...

WOW!! It would appear you knew more than the Vet!! I am so happy the two of you did not give up on Panther :)
Purrs Mickey

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