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Amazing Cat Crawls from the Grave Five Days Later

The Cat That Fought Death and Won

Posted February 02, 2015 in A Vet's Life

5So you think you’re having a bad day? Think again. It started off like any other day for Bart, a one year-old cat from Tampa, Florida. Then, as reported by the Portland Press, he was struck by a car, presumed dead by his guardians, and buried alive. But Bart made use of every one of his nine lives. Five days after being buried alive, on January 21, a neighbor found him. Despite head trauma, a damaged eye, and a broken jaw, Bart somehow managed to dig himself out of his grave and walk to his neighbor’s yard.

It sounds like a tale by Edgar Allen Poe, but this is no fairy tale. Fortunately for Bart, his story will probably have a happy ending. Despite his facial injuries, Bart did not suffer any internal injuries. He underwent surgery at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay January 28th to wire his jaw and remove his damaged eye and he is expected to make a complete recovery.

Although extreme, Bart’s story is a cautionary tale of why cats should be kept indoors. Experts agree indoor-only cats outlive their outdoor counterparts. Besides cars, outdoor cats are threatened by coyotes, dogs, becoming lost, deadly viruses such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), feline leukemia virus (FeLV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), and, on rare occasions, rabies. In addition they are at risk of getting poisoned, or getting an abscess from a catfight. Help your cat live out all nine lives. Keep your cat indoors and protected from these deadly hazards. Click here  to learn more about the benefits of an indoor cat.

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Ruth has more than 15 years of experience in the veterinary industry as a companion animal veterinarian in private practice. Along with being a writer and media personality, she is also a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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