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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

a real christmas miracle

bat & bandit: we're going to let mommy tell this story, because it's really her story anyway.

mommy: on christmas eve, i was in corpus christi visiting my parents with bat & bandit. that afternoon i drove my mother to my grandparents' house for a visit. on the way home, around 5:00 pm, we were coming back home, driving down a major road (two lanes each way with a turn lane in between) when i saw a cat in a lane going the opposite way. it looked as though it had been hit by a car, and i thought i saw it move. even though my mom was telling me it was dead and to just keep driving, i whipped the car around and pulled up just before where the cat was. my mom kept telling me that the cat was dead and not to get out of the car. i told her again that i thought i had seen it move. while we were having this argument, the cat lifted its head. i jumped out of the car, grabbed a blanket from the back and ran to the cat. there wasn't much blood, but her ear was bloody, as was her nose, and one eye was cloudy with almost no pupil visible. i gathered her up gently in the blanket and took her to my mom to hold. we drove to our house just a few minutes away, where i ran in to get my dad to come out and look at the cat while mom stayed int he car holding her. dad looked at the kitty and said that the damage to her eye indicated brain damage. i refused to believe that and decided to find an emergency vet. i went inside and called information to get a number, then called the clinic for directions. the clinic was about twenty minutes away, and the whole time the poor kitty was having labored breathing and my mom was afraid she was going to die in the car. we turned the cat over to the people at the clinic and signed good samaritan paperwork. this in itself was a blessing because i had expected to be charged just for them to look at the cat. after the vet techs got the kitty situated and in an oxygen tank, we discussed what would happen next. i was told that they would do what they could for the cat and then, if it survived, they would try to find it a home, but if they couldn't, it might have to be euthanized. i immediately gave them my contact information and told them i wanted to adopt her if she made it through all right. at the time, we weren't sure she wasn't paralyzed or suffering from internal injuries. well, we left the clinic with a promise from the vet tech on duty to call before she left at 11 pm with a status report. no call came that night, and by 7 am on christmas morning i couldn't stand it anymore so i called and was told that she had been kept in the oxygen tank all night and her breathing had stabilized and that the vet would be examing her later in the day. around 5 christmas evening, i finally spoke with the vet, a delightfully helpful woman named briana harbaugh, who told me they were all surprised to discover that the little girl (she had to put me on hold to go check on the kitty's gender because they'd been too busy before to even check!)was perfectly fine, with just a few bumps and bruises and a relatively minor issue with her right eye caused by the head trauma. not even any broken ribs! i discussed my desire to adopt the kitty, and the vet and i agreed that i would pay for them to keep her another night and for three medicines she would need. the next day i bought a new purple collar and another cat carrier, told the boys they would be getting a little sister and went off to pick up Holly, which was the name i'd decided on for our christmas miracle kitty. the vet tech packed her up for me and showed me how to administer the three medicines and sent me away without charging me a single cent, instead thanking me for rescuing and adopting her. today the boys and i and their new little sister drove back to houston. we're keeping holly in a separate kennel until her eye issue is cleared up and i can take her in to our regular vet for a full well-kitty checkup and vaccinations and schedule an appointment to get her spayed. so far, the boys have sniffed around her kennel and her, and bat has hissed at her a few times, but i think it will all be fine. our holly is a beautiful little (only six pounds!) brown tabby cat. here are a few pictures of her in her temporary kennel. she's intermittently spending time in and out of the litter box, but she's acting less afraid everytime i give her more medicine. the vet said she hadn't eaten or drank anything or used the litter box during the 48 hours she was there. i was very pleased to note that last night, her first night with us, she ate, drank and used the litter box!


Blogger Skeeeeezix the Cat said...

MY EYES ARE LEEKING! That's such a wunderful Krissmiss story!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12/27/2006 8:46 PM  
Blogger Jake and Bathsheba said...

Skeezix sent us your way. What a heartwarming Christmas miracle! Holly is very lucky that your Mommy found her. Now you can be one big happy family.


12/27/2006 9:51 PM  
Blogger Lux said...

What a beautiful story with a happy ending - welcome, Holly (miracle Christmas kitty)!

12/27/2006 10:54 PM  
Blogger Kimo & Sabi said...

What a wonderful Christmas story! We look forward to getting to know Holly. Purrs and prayers for a speedy recovery!

12/28/2006 12:01 AM  
Blogger tiggerprr said...

Came over from Skeezix's place! What a lucky kitty she is to not be hurt as bad as it could have been and to have found you for a mommy! Truly a miracle!

12/28/2006 12:44 AM  
Blogger DaisyMae Maus said...

Skeezix sent me over! How wonderful that Holly was rescued by you. It truly is a Christmas miracle ... You must have amazing karma. Good luck to Bat, Bandit, Holly, and momma, too.
DaisyMae Maus

12/28/2006 12:46 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

That is a very wonderful story! Holly is a very lucky kitty to have found you.

12/28/2006 2:38 AM  
Blogger jeterharris said...

mi grate frend skeezix told me to reed da storee uv da chrissmuss miracle.
holly iz a luckee girl to have u az a familee.
u are a wonderful human!
i know dat u will have a verree happee noo yeer!
luv--yer frend--jh

12/28/2006 4:06 AM  
Blogger Millie said...

Woo Hoo! I'm SO happy you stopped to help little Holly and then decided to adopt her. Stories like this just make my day!

I was hit by a car and left for dead in the middle of a busy street, so I know how Holly feels.

I'm gonna visit often to see how she's doing!

12/28/2006 4:41 AM  
Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Aw, yoo made momz eyez leek again. What a nice person yoo are to not drive past dat poor kitty in da road. And da merjincee place dint charge yoo anything! This is trooly a Krissmouse mirikal. We can't wait to get to knoe Holly. All us kitties say thank yoo fur being a good bean.

12/28/2006 5:58 AM  
Blogger Ayla said...

Wow! That really is a Christmas miracle. Grats on a new sister!

12/28/2006 6:03 AM  
Anonymous Lucy, Bitey and Stevie said...

Good for you. Not many people would have stopped the car and it's great to know that Holly made it thorough OK! Congratulations on your new addition!

12/28/2006 6:12 AM  
Blogger Mia and Ghost said...

Yay for the Bat, Bandit & Holly's Mommy... we are glad you were in right place at right time to save the little girl.

12/28/2006 6:15 AM  
Blogger Mu shue Pooh King Cat said...

OHHHHH WHAT A BOOOTFUL SOTRY .. skeexit told us to read the story now we all leaking wiff joy. congartions on your new addtion she is a troore merical weclome holly.

Mu shue , Lilly Lu and Iris

12/28/2006 6:22 AM  
Blogger Cyclone Cats said...

That is so GRATE!!! We came from Skeezix' too. It is indeed a Catmas Mirikel! Thank you for all you are doing to help kitties in need!!! We can't wate to reed about Holly's adventures!!


12/28/2006 6:25 AM  
Blogger Emma's Kat said...

Wow, what a great story! Thank goodness you stopped! I'd hate to think what would've happened to little Holly if you hadn't! She is definately one little miracle kitty! Bat & Bandit, you have a cute new sister!

12/28/2006 7:05 AM  
Blogger Rosie & Cheeto said...

Wow, yer lady is the best lady evur!!! She's such a grate cemaritan!!

12/28/2006 7:38 AM  
Blogger The Meowers from Missouri said...

oh, mrs. bat & bandit's mom--thank you for being there when it counted, and for doing what was right!!!! g*d bless you!! we loves beans like you--could you please clone yourself and distribute liberally? what a nice world THAT would be!

concatulations, b & b--your little sisfur will need lots of love and help, and you are just the ones to do it! show her the 'portant things, and play wif and groom her lots to show her you're glad she's there. we think she'll be lotsa fun!!

12/28/2006 8:13 AM  
Blogger Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

yur mom is a furry wonnerful purrson an we wanna give her lotsa purrs fur savin' cute little Holly. yur story made our Lady's eyes leak all offur. we added yur linky so we kin come back an say hi lots.

12/28/2006 8:17 AM  
Blogger The Meowers from Missouri said...

and for pity sakes, WHERE are our MANNERS???


12/28/2006 8:19 AM  
Blogger Hot(M)BC said...

Awwwww :) That's wonnerful! Your Mommy is so speshul! And lucky lil Holly! Welcome Holly!
Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Pepi and Gree

12/28/2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

skeezix suggested we come to welcome here we are!

suzanne says: headbutts, purrs and a sweet bath to you, holly. may you have many years of love, comfort and coziness with your new mama and brothers!

i hope your mama will purr you your baby story (aka gotcha story) when you're tired and sleepy so that you can dream of the pleasures of your new life!

--with love from suzanne the elder

12/28/2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger The Meezers said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a wonderful wonderful miracle. and you has a wonderful mommy too Bat, Bandit and Holly!

12/28/2006 9:01 AM  
Blogger Victor Tabbycat said...

All I can say is, WOW. WOW WOW WOW. Holly is so lucky! The firstest cat to own Mom was hit by a truck, with blood coming from his mouth and shock setting in (5 pm on a Friday, of course). Everyone was surprised to learn his only injuries were a fang knocked out and cut lip. He spent a week recovering at a kennel, then another slow week at home before he was his ol' self again. Holly's must have been a similar, glancing blow. How wonderful for the vet to wave all charges.

One Q: are you certain she wasn't someones pet?

12/28/2006 9:01 AM  
Blogger George, Tipper, Max & Misty said...

What a heartwarming story. Holly is one lucky girl to have a cat lover find her and save her life. Any how very generous of the veterinarians to help out.

Please let us all know how everyone is adjusting.

The Crew

12/28/2006 9:55 AM  
Blogger Cecilia & The 2Bs said...

Yay! What a lucky kitty to have found you. We hope she is settling in well. More pictures! She looks so cute.

12/28/2006 9:58 AM  
Blogger BoogersCat said...

WOW what a great story! And what a great new mommy you have:)

12/28/2006 1:02 PM  
Blogger Radcliff, Allie, Luna & Ozzie said...

Sometimes things just work out.

A nice counterpoint to all the gloom that's been bouncing around the catosphere recently.

Have a nice life, Holly. It looks like you've found your way to a good home.

Good luck


12/28/2006 1:30 PM  
Blogger Eponine's Cowboy said...

Without a doubt, such a great story. Sounds like you've been picked!!

12/28/2006 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holly, you are a wonderful little grandcatt, I zm so pleased to be your grammie.
When your new mommie picked you up from the road I didn't think you would make it. As I held you on my lap on the way to the vet, I thought you had stopped breathing. You are truely a christmas miracle. We will love you just ike we do bat and brat

12/29/2006 11:36 AM  

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