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The 12 Cats of Christmas: Tanzanite the Comeback Kitten

Recapping notable cats of 2014, we meet a strong-willed feline who survived at attack at 2 days old.

Phillip Mlynar  |  Dec 22nd 2014


The year is coming to a close, so what better time to take a minute to look back on the most adorable, heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking cats of the year? That’s exactly what we’ll be doing with the 12 Cats of Christmas. Today we check in with a certain adorable little survivor.

3. Tanzanite

Tanzanite the kitten was only two days old when her life was nearly brought to a cruel and abrupt ending. She was discovered by members of the New Jersey animal control in a state that lead them to believe she had been mauled by a larger animal. The list of her ailments included a spinal trauma, which unfortunately resulted in a state of nerve damage and an inability to use her back legs.

The situation looked bleak when she was subsequently taken in by the warm hearts at the Tabby’s Place safe haven. As Volunteer Coordinator Karina Jewitt told us when we first presented Tanzy’s tale, “This tiny little two-day-old lay helpless, and she just looked like a tiny cotton ball.

Still, Tanzy’s fighting spirit gradually began to emerge and now we’re delighted to report that she seems to have pulled off an almost magical recovery. Following her story via Facebook updates, the cat she’s become today seems a lifetime away from the barely living state she was discovered in.

Despite the fact that one of her first experiences in this world was to be preyed upon by another creature, Tanzy’s become a trusting and loving young kitty. In particular, she’s formed an odd couple bond with Deisel, an 80-pound Anatolian Shepherd who also resides at the sanctuary.

“Tanzy has decided Deisel is her BFF,” reveals a timeline update from earlier this month. “She loves him! And as you can see, Deisel has no problem letting Tanzy snuggle, crawl all over him, chew on his tail, or anything else she wants to do to him.”

As for Tanzy’s festive plans this year? Why, she’ll be spending the holidays relaxing in her brand new seasonal-themed cat bed. Let’s call this one a true Christmas miracle.

Enjoy the rest of the 12 Cats of Christmas on Catster:

About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.