Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Cat with jar on head rescued after 20 days

A cat is lucky to be alive after struggling for 20 days before being saved from the brink of death by a Greensburg, Pennsylvania woman. Janine Quinn said she noticed the cat a couple weeks ago but was unable to get to it before it ran off. She said she'd see it every now and then with the jar still stuck on its head but she was unable to save it until recently. "I never wanted to give up on her even though it got really, really bad and I just walked around and cried the whole entire time thinking that she was gone," Quinn said.

Quinn searched for the feral cat for 20 days thinking it had died before corralling the severely malnourished cat on Friday. "The jar was so tight around her neck I couldn't even get my fingers up there around her but it fit her head completely," Quinn said. "When I got the jar off it smelled like infection. It smelled like death. I thought she was dying. She's an amazingly lucky cat."

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Veterinarian Dr. Becky Morrow said she immediately treated jar cat for an eye injury, malnourishment and nerve damage. She said she was happily startled at how the little cat was able to make it through the ordeal. "She must have been getting water inside the jar somehow. You can't survive without water. There was moisture on her head so she somehow she had managed to do that," Morrow said. The vet said the cat responded to treatment quickly and she was able to release it back to Quinn.

Quinn said the cat will not be allowed outdoors and she's hoping for a bright future. "I'm just so happy to have her back right now. … I'm going to keep her until she gets a little better here make sure her health is OK make sure she's back to her normal self and then I'm going to try to get her adopted out," she said. Many people who helped in the search said they are grateful Guinn didn't give up hope, especially her son. "She's sweet and kind-heartened; I have one of the best mothers in the world," Quinn's son, Jon Kraucz, said.

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