4 Rescued Kittens Who Survived Incredible Odds

Whoever first said that cats have nine lives really knew what they were talking about. Four kittens recently survived some wrenching, horrific ordeals that show how resilient they are and underscore the need to protect animals via animal cruelty laws.

1. 8-Week-Old Kitten Placed in Microwave Oven

Two 15-year-old girls, both students at South Portland High School in Maine, have been issued summonses for placing a young kitten in a microwave oven and turning it on. Last week on Twitter, a 10-second video surfaced that showed one girl placing the kitten in the microwave and turning it on. The other girl took the kitten out after an undetermined amount of time.

South Portland police responded after receiving numerous tips. The two girls now face charges of animal cruelty and are to appear in court in November.

The kitten survived and has been placed in an animal shelter, the Animal Refuge League, and given the highly appropriate name of “Miracle.” Lynne McGee of the shelter says that “she’s eating normally and seems to be in fine shape.”

2. Kitten Found Sealed Inside Paint Can

A kitten no more than six months old was found sealed inside a paint can in a dumpster behind a Family Dollar store in Phenix City, Arizona, back in August. Mary Musselwhite had gone to empty some trash when she heard the kitten crying. As she tells WAFB:

“So I looked down and I said, please God, don’t let it be in this bucket. And there it was. I popped the top on the bucket and its little painted face just meowed at me. It had so much paint on it, your heart just couldn’t help but fall. Its little eyes were just covered over with paint. It was just horrific to see that little thing in a paint bucket.”

Family Dollar employees quickly washed off the kitten, who also had fleas and showed other signs of neglect. Authorities are trying to track down where the paint bucket might have originated from, to find the culprit.

Cashier Montana Salmen has adopted the kitten. It’s certainly miraculous that he survived in a sealed can full of paint without oxygen and in the summer heat in Arizona. Salmen has named the kitten Ginger and said that he is on the road to recovery: “He was skittish for about an hour, he was just shaken, and then once he got comfortable and realized I wasn’t going to put him in a paint can, he kind of livened up a little bit.”

3. Kitten Wedged Under Car for 38 Miles

On hearing what he thought was a frog under his car after he returned from his job with the Daytona Beach housing authority on August 27, Robert Avery and his son jacked up the vehicle and found, to their surprise, a kitten, wedged in just above the tire between the suspension and the frame.

Avery lives in Palm Coast and had driven the 38 miles home at 65 mph, altogether unaware that the kitten had crept under his car.

The kitten was covered with oil after what must have been quite a ride. Once the kitten was cleaned up, Avery and his family found themselves “in love” with the stowaway. They’ve adopted him and named him Butch.

4. Kitten Travels 152 Miles in Car Engine

Kittens have been known to climb into car engines when scared, Heather Oliver, manager of Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Conlig tells the Belfast Telegraph. She was referring not to Butch but to another kitten that also survived a long a car journey without being inside the car.

On Monday, Andrew Bell heard a purring sound from his car after driving four hours from Galway back to Belfast. Under the hood of his car, he found a kitten curled up beside the battery, soundly asleep.

Bell had seen the kitten when he was in Galway where his girlfriend lives. Her cat had recently had a litter and the kitten had been seen mixing with those kittens. While his girlfriend makes inquiries with her neighbors about whether the kitten might be theirs, the kitten is staying with a neighbor of Bell’s who also has cats.

The kitten has been dubbed Lucky which would certainly be a fitting name for Miracle, Ginger and Butch, as well.

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Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe4 years ago

My heart goes out to each one of these precious kitties! It's a good thing they have someone to love and care for them since they only have 8 lives left.
I just said a prayer for all of them to have a safe and loved life!!

Angela Roquemore
Angela R4 years ago

Awwww....how cute!

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M4 years ago

I have to keep reminding myself when I read these horror stories: that humanity and the full spectrum of good to evil resides within this continuum. Yes, there is evil-beyond my comprehension, that finds delight in the pain and suffering of others, any living being, and I can anguish over that fact or find joy and gratitude in knowing that there are also others who seek goodness and the alleviation of suffering and will go out of their way to show mercy and compassion. And, a belief in Karma. Big time.

Claudia Cavallo
Claudia Cavallo4 years ago

There are so many cruel persons on this earth, I really don't understand their behaviour, it's not logical to act like this, what have these cats done wrong?

Kathlene Lentz
Kathlene Lentz4 years ago

People do such horrific and cruel things to animals that I can't understand how they live with themselves. Who would EVER think to microwave a kitten? The same kind of mentality that would throw a dog into a wood stove like a man here in my county did. The dog barked and irritated him so he threw it in the wood stove, which was burning at the time. His own father discovered it while the dog was still alive but didn't try to save the dog. Instead he left and then called the police. Stupid man who gave life to a cruel stupid man. The same goes for someone who would seal a kitten inside a paint can. Just plain cruel and stupid. Cruel cruel cruel stoopid people. (Yes, I know how to spell stupid correctly.)

The other two kittens were just plain lucky.

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim4 years ago

Blessed are all those who love and respect animals.

Ben Goggins
Ben Goggins4 years ago

Thank God for the good people who have been the saviors to these kittens.

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky4 years ago

Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted as saying, “Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”