Editor’s note: We were as discreet as possible in trying to tell the full story of this cat’s injuries and recovery, but some images might be too graphic for some readers.
For this week’s Monday Miracle, let’s all take a moment to stop and consider what we really know about the indigenous bobcat. Is this usually spotted creature someone who just wants to be left alone to live a quiet and serene life in what’s left of the country’s wooded wilderness? Is the bobcat a key part of controlling the spread of many natural pests, with a knack for feasting on insects and pesky rodents? Or is the bobcat a wild and untamed beast who stalks the streets from the sidelines waiting to pounce on any unwitting kitties?
If you ask a Minnesota cat named Bobbi, the answer is the latter characterization, as she was found in a shocking state after being attacked twice by a bobcat. To get a handle on the extent of her injuries, here’s one of the least-explicit pictures of her after the attacks.
Bobbi was discovered in a snowdrift with wounds that were graphic and deep. She carries the markings and cuts that suggests the bobcat was looking to feast on her face. She’s somewhat ear-less, has problems with a leg, is likely to lose her tail, and is battling a frostbite situation that might see a decrease in the number of her toes. So, not ideal by any means.
Thankfully, reports so far say that Bobbi’s internals are fine — and thanks to the Fur-Ever Home Rescue organization, she’s presently on a long road to recovery.
To that end, you can donate to Bobbi’s medical fund and help with her visits to the University of Minnesota.
Following Bobbi’s story on her Facebook page, you’ll be pleased to know that as her wounds are slowly beginning to heal and be corrected, she appears to be settling into her foster home. She looks like she’s affectionate toward her new human mom, has found a play pal in the form of a stuffed animal, and is showing signs that she’s mastering the art of the cozy cat nap.
As for the offending bobcat? Well, he was also captured and then released to what’s been called “a safer area.” Personally, I think he looks a little misunderstood — and possesses something of a likeness to Snarf from the ’80s cartoon show ThunderCats.
You can keep track of Bobbi’s recovery adventure over at her Facebook page. Donations to her ongoing care fund can be made via her YouCaring appeal.
Read more Monday Miracles on Catster:
- Oliver the Cat Was Shot 25 Times — and He Survived
- Abb Went Blind as a Kitten, But He Has Found Good Company
- Cleo the Cat Wears T-Shirts to Alleviate Her Hyperesthesia
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.