Amazing Cats and True Cat Stories
Most cat owners are convinced that cats, especially their cats, are truly amazing. Cats are endearing, mysterious, loveable and kooky; their owners often wonder what goes on in those fuzzy little heads. Read on for true stories about remarkable cats who adopted bunnies, played the piano, chased a bear and predicted death.
Cats Will Adopt Baby Animals
Apparently, it is not unusual for cats to adopt baby animals of another species. See video below of cats who adopted baby rabbits,
Video of Cat Who Adopted Baby Bunnies
The Cat Who Adopted Bunnies
This is a true story about a lovely gray and white female cat, Missy, who gave birth to two sickly kittens. Sadly, within a very short time, both newborns died. It was heartbreaking to hear Missy crying and calling for her babies as she searched the house for her kittens. Missy was an indoor/outdoor cat who liked to hunt in a nearby field. Like many female cats, she liked to bring us her catch, and it wasn’t unusual for her offerings to include mice, birds or chipmunks, sometimes still alive and kicking!
Mama Cat Kidnaps Baby Bunnies
One afternoon, she came through her basement cat door carefully carrying a very tiny baby bunny by the scruff of its neck. I happened to see her and took it away unharmed, putting it in a box lined with a soft cloth until I could figure out what to do with it. Meanwhile, she went outdoors again and in a few minutes was back with another baby bunny. She brought back four of the babies before deciding that was enough. Then she climbed into the box next to them and started grooming them and purring, turning on her side trying to entice them to nurse. Unfortunately, she no longer had milk to feed them.
Bunnies Returned to Birth Mother
We could see that these babies would not survive the adoption, so we set out to see if we could find the nest and return the bunnies to their birth mother. Eventually, we found the nest and set the four adoptees back with their siblings. We kept Missy indoors for the rest of the day and night. The next day when we checked the nest, the babies were gone. We believe the mother rabbit moved them to a safer place. Our poor frustrated mama cat never tried adopting baby bunnies again.
Cats Adapt to Many Lifestyles
Amazing Cat Facts
- A cat can make over 100 vocal sounds (dogs can make 10)
- A cat sleeps 14 hours a day
- Americans spend more annually on cat food than on baby food.
- In 1987 cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America.
- Cats are the only animal that walks on their claws, not the pads of their feet.
- A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
- A group of youngsters (kittens) is called a kindle; those old-timers (adult cats) form a clowder.
- The average cat food meal is the equivalent to about five mice.
- People who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to cat saliva or to cat dander. If the resident cat is bathed regularly the allergic people tolerate it better.
- Besides smelling with their nose, cats can smell with an additional organ called the Jacobson's organ, located in the upper surface of the mouth.
- Like birds, cats have a homing ability that uses its biological clock, the angle of the sun, and the Earth's magnetic field. A cat taken far from its home can return to it. But if a cat's owners move far from it's home, the cat can't find them.
- A cat can jump even seven times as high as it is tall.
- It has been scientifically proven that owning cats is good for our health and can decrease the occurrence of high blood pressure and other illnesses. Stroking a cat can help to relieve stress, and the feel of a purring cat on your lap conveys a strong sense of security and comfort.
My Personal Story: The Cat Who Came for Thanksgiving
Our house and garage seemed to attract strange cats. They would find the cat door in our basement, enter and hide there, terrorizing our own cats. One November, a shy tiger cat became a regular, sneaking up the basement stairs to help himself to the cat food on our basement stair landing, but scooting away if we tried to lure him closer. One night we saw him in the basement covered in oil that he must have gotten into in our neighbor’s repair shop.
Bathing a Stray Cat Is No Fun!
Knowing that the oil or whatever he had gotten into would not come off by itself, we cornered the cat in our basement and wrapped him in old t-shirts while we gave him a bath—no easy task, let me tell you! Because he was soaking wet and sickly looking, we locked him in our bathroom with food, water, and a litter box for a few hours until he dried off. Try as we might, we could not get him to trust us, and ended up letting him go back down into our basement where he found his way back out into the cold November night again.
A Surprise Thanksgiving Visitor
But the most interesting part of this story was yet to come. A few days later, our family gathered in our dining room for Thanksgiving dinner. It was our first family dinner together since our son and his family moved to our town, and our grandson was telling us how much he missed his cat that had been gone for more than a month in spite of all their efforts to find him.
A Boy and His Cat Are Reunited
As Stevie spoke, our stray tiger cat walked up from our basement and stood there staring at him. Stevie spied him and said, “That’s my cat!” and, sure enough, Tiger walked in to greet his young owner. We’ll never know if he negotiated the small river that flowed between us, or if he followed the road over bridges to get to our house. But somehow this remarkable cat knew that we were a safe haven and that it would only be a matter of time until his master came to claim him.
Some Cats are Fearless!
More Amazing Cat Stories
Cat owners everywhere have strange and interesting stories of their own amazing cats. In my internet searches, I have found stories of cats who survived life threatening treks to find their owners.There's a cat who chased a bear out of his territory and a cat who comforted the dying in a nursing home.
Brave House Cat Trees Black Bear in New Jersey
In June of 2006, Jack, a 15 lb. declawed cat, protected his territory from a black bear by chasing it up a tree when the bear wandered into his yard in Milford, New Jersey. After about 15 minutes, the bear came down and tried to escape only to be chased once again by a hissing and spitting mad Jack who treed the bear once again. Finally, the owner took pity on the poor bear and called her watchcat indoors so the bear could be on its way.
- "In a cat's eyes, all things belong to cats." – English Proverb
- "Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God."
- "Beware of people who dislike cats."
– Irish Proverb
- "Dogs come when they are called: cats take a message and get back to you later" – Mary Bly
- "Dogs have owners, cats have staff." – Unknown
- "Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." – Anonymous
- "If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr." – Martin Buxbaum
Nursing Home Cat Predicts Impending Deaths
Oscar is a rescue cat who was adopted by the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Oscar lives on the third floor, an advanced stage dementia unit that allows pet therapy. Like other conscientious staff, he makes rounds of the patients each day, sniffing each one and sometimes choosing to curl up with certain ones. The patients he stayed with would often die within a few hours. Oscar would offer comfort and attention to the dying patient and family members who were in attendance. Once the patient died and he was no longer needed, he would leave the room. Although nursing home staff say that Oscar is not friendly to most people, his mission in life seems to be to give comfort to the dying.
David M. Dosa, MD, MPH, a geriatrician who cares for patients at the nursing home has written an article for the New England Journal of Medicine about Oscar's abilities to predict and comfort the dying. (Dosa, David (2007). "A day in the life of Oscar the cat". New England Journal of Medicine 357 (4): 328–329.)
As of January 2010, Oscar had accurately predicted approximately 50 patients' deaths. He has become famous through Dr. David Dosa's bestselling book, . Making the Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
A Tortoiseshell Cat
Holly, the Cat, Travels 190 Miles Home
There are many stories of cats who have managed to travel long distances to return to their homes. Recently, a little tortoise shell cat named Holly was lost in Datona Beach, Florida. She managed to navigate almost 200 miles and showed up two months later near her home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Although the cat was half-starved, weak, and had very sore paws from walking on concrete, an implanted microchip confirmed that it was indeed the missing Holly.
Video of Nora the Piano Playing Cat
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All Cats Are Amazing in Their Own Way
If you are a cat owner, you probably have some amazing cat stories of your own because all cats are amazing in their own way. Whether they perform remarkable feats of bravery or show off with silly tricks, each cat is a unique individual. I'd love to hear about your amazing cat in the comments below!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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