Read how one New Jersey man living with Multiple Sclerosis overcame all obstacles to save the life of a homeless cat wading through the snow. He was smitten with this elusive creature and named her in honor of the cat who appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Enjoy this heartwarming story of determination and respect for an animal who would come to know the meaning of love ….
Written by Anthony Ross of New Jersey
I live in a rural community with all sorts of wildlife. In my house I have my two dogs and on the deck I have a bird feeding station. I have multiple sclerosis and last fall, on a walk during physical therapy, I saw a cat off in the distance. She stayed away. Since I had therapy three days a week, I began to bring dry dog food out to the edge of the woods to leave for the cat.
The weather started getting cold but even on the days when therapy was cancelled I found a way to get food to the cat. Eventually I moved her feeding point to just across the street under a car port. All winter, on a daily basis, I navigated ice and snow to get to feed ‘Cat.’ She was leery about coming close to the house. One day after a light snow I noticed paw prints on my front deck so I knew that Cat was feeling more comfortable.
Spring arrived and I sat on the ground and Cat started to get close. Treats did the trick. She would now paw my hand open, sit on my lap and walk between my feet (bad idea). I walk slow enough that she works with me. I got an unused dog crate fitted with screen (for the biting flies) put a pet bed in there and placed it on the gazebo on the front deck. Cat moved right in and on therapy walks she follows me all the way out and back.
Cat went to the vet to be spayed and only after they began did they notice she had already been spayed. I felt badly about this and watched her for days as she healed. One day, the dog got out and ran her off. I put the dog in and went to the woods and stood in a clearing and whistled for her. Sure enough within seconds she was between my feet. I asked her “ready to go home?” She followed me home and has been here ever since. She now has a buddy living across the street but he’s not allowed to even come on the lawn. (And yes, he gets fed, too)
I named her Cat after the cat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In the film, the character Holly explained that Cat could never belong to anyone so a name was pointless. So for that reason and her coloring I gave her that profound name.