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Margie the Cat Survived a Mauling in a School Bus

The American Shorthair has been through two amputations and is still recovering, but she's in foster care and looking for a forever home.

Phillip Mlynar  |  Dec 29th 2014


Cats are incredibly inquisitive creatures. They regularly let their curiosity get the better of themselves. I think there’s almost a maxim about it. So off the back of that startlingly original setup, it’s not a total surprise to hear that an eager American Shorthair in Westlake, Ohio, finagled her way into the engine of a school bus last month. Now comes the cruel kicker: The cat in question suffered severe injuries after her automobile adventure. Luckily, though, her tale has a cheerful (if circuitous) ending.

The cat — who was eventually named Margie — was discovered by bus drivers when they noticed a paw and a tail protruding from the back end of a school bus where the engine is situated. Despite assuming the kitty had perished, the drivers discovered she was alive. They duly investigated and found a one-year-old kitty, whimpering and confused. Worse still, her neck was stuck in something that, as a non-driver myself, the Internet tells me is called a serpentine belt.

Eventually, an officer from the Westlake Animal Control center freed Margie, and she was whisked away to a vet’s office. At which point whammy number two occurred: Margie was pregnant with kittens.

Unfortunately, Margie lost the kittens. She was also diagnosed as needing an operation to amputate her tail, along with her front right paw that was also a victim of the evil serpentine belt. Through all this, though, Margie was described as “a major love bug” whose main focus in life is to be petted, according to The Westlake | Bay Village Observer.

Now comes the merry part: Just in time for the Christmas holidays, Margie has secured herself a warm and safe foster home. According to the Westlake Animal Hospital’s Facebook page, Margie’s new guardian is called Megan, and the staff hoped to have her in a forever home this month. To which I’ll send just the one piece of gratis advice: Please, Megan, don’t let Margie attempt to drive the bus again.

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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.