Hero Tortie Named Cat of the Year

Hero Cat Tink Saved The Lives of Her Humans

When we felines come in to the life of a human, we do a lot of good things. We provide you with a loving companion. When you pet us, not only do you make us happy, but you release endorphins to make you feel happy. And our purrs help you humans fight infections, heal bones, lower blood pressure, and heal soft tissue.

We felines benefit, too. It is always good to have a human who cares for us and makes sure that we are happy and healthy. And being inside with a human to care for us helps extend our lives.

This symbiotic relationship went way beyond the normal for some humans who lived with a tortie in the United Kingdom, however. You see, these humans were sound asleep when a fire broke out in their home. They had no idea that the home was going to burn down and that they would die in the flames.

Hero Cat Tink Saved The Lives of Her Humans
Hero Cat Tink Saved The Lives of Her Humans

But then Tink, who never hops on the bed, landed with a big thud on the bed. That woke up her human, who promptly got the other humans out of the home. Sadly, Tink panicked in the commotion, and hid in a cabinet. She was overcome with fumes before firefighters found her.

Fortunately, these firefighters were equipped with special breathing apparatus designed for animals. After receiving oxygen for about an hour, Tink recovered.

And now, Tink has received the cat of the year award from Cats Protection in the United Kingdom.  Said one of her humans, “Tink is a truly special cat, we love her to bits. She’s our hero and an essential part of our family and we’re so proud of her for what she did.”

Tink is a hero and her humans owe their lives to her. I am very happy that Tink’s heroics did not result in her leaving us. And I am glad there are heroic cats like her helping their humans!

An Eight Cat Family has 180 Toes

This Group of Polydactyl Cats Have 180 Toes

One of the things that the human finds most interesting about me is that I am a polydactyl cat. That means I have extra toes. Most cats have four full toes on their front paws and a dew claw. Then on their rear paws, they have four toes. That is what my sisfurs Jacey and Marley have, and before that, my brofur Pepe was the same way.

Because I am a polydactyl cat, I have an extra toe on my front paws and I also have a dew claw on my hind legs. I had to have the dew claws on my front paws removed because they kept getting ingrown and I would not let the human trim them.

Recently, a clowder of cats came in to the Cats Protection branch in Birmingham, United Kingdom.  And many of the felines in the clowder were polydactyl cats like me. But my furiends, they had far more toes than I do!

This Group of Polydactyl Cats Has 180 Toes
This Group of Polydactyl Cats Has 180 Toes

There were six kittens in this group. Of these six kittens, four of them were polydactyl cats. Most of them had six toes on each paw, but some of them even had seven toes. All told, this group had 180 toes among them. That is very close to the record for most toes among a group of polydactyl cats, which is 182!

This Polydactyl Cat Has Seven Toes
This Polydactyl Cat Has Seven Toes

Like me, these polydactyl cats have toes that stick out and which are very distinctive. “They’re definitely more pronounced and they stick out. They’re like boxing gloves,” said a human who adopted two of these cats.

Polydactylism in cats is a benign mutation. We polydactyl cats rarely need to be treated for our condition. I am an exception, but that is because my dew claw kept getting ingrown and even that was not too difficult for me to handle.

This trait is one that makes many humans seek us out. We are known as ship’s cats, because the extra toe helps us balance. Another name for polydactyl cats is Hemingway cats. That is because a ship’s captain gave famed author Ernest Hemingway a polydactyl cat and many of them live on the grounds of his estate.

I am glad I am the only polydactyl cat in the home and so is the human. Can you imagine how much trouble Jacey would get into if she had extra toes?

A Very Kind Human Makes Me Happy

My human is around today, so that means he can let me outside.  Jacey and I still insist that since it says no unattended dogs are allowed on the balcony, and not cats, we should be able to go outside any time we want.  But then he reminded me that since I’m a diabetic cat, he controls the needles and ear sticks and if I make him angry, they might hurt a little more than normal

Well, that argument won.  I do not like the ear sticks or insulin shots I need as a diabetic cat to begin with, and if he makes them hurt more, I will like them even less.  I still love my human and think he is kind to me, Jacey, and our foster guest.

There is anotheBagheera the Diabetic Cat loves Cats Protectionr human who is kind to my fellow felines.  My human tells me he lives a very long way away from me.  I remember getting on a long plane ride when we moved here.  My human told me that to get to the place where this human lives, we would have to do that plane ride, and then get on another plane where the ride is twice as long!  He is in a place called Harrogate in the United Kingdom.  And I wrote about how he was helping the local Cats Protection branch raise money.

Recently, he and his wife came across a cat who was in bad shape.  She was underweight, had cysts on both eyes, and looked very unhealthy.  They took my fellow feline to the veterinarian, and ran up a bill of 175 pounds which they paid out of their own pocket.  They asked for help to raise funds to cover the costs of treating this poor cat.

The human who was responsible for the cat stepped forward, and she was taken to another human wearing a white coat for treatment.  And this wonderful human couple wanted to give the money they raised to help with the bills for the cat.

But they have been unable to get in touch with the human who is resBagheera the Diabetic Cat loves Spots and Stripes Bengal Cat Rescueponsible for the cat, so they have decided they will donate the money to Cats Protection Harrogate.

That’s very kind, but this is what makes them very special.

They want to donate some of the money to a charity that I choose.  How kind is that?  So since my human already gives to the San Diego Humane Society, I want to give to a rescue group that helps my fellow bengals.  I have asked this kind human to donate the money to Spots and Stripes Bengal Cat Rescue.

I love sharing stories like these.  As a diabetic cat and a special needs cat, I love seeing humans take care of my fellow felines with special needs.