Feline Friday: Lucky Kitten Survives 100-Mile Trip Inside Bumper

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Apparently, no one told this 6-week kitten that black cats have traditionally been considered unlucky, or that an unauthorized joy ride might use up most of her nine lives.

Stacey Pulsifer of Plattsburgh, N.Y., had been traveling between three towns for events related to a wedding. She estimates it was nearly 100 miles of interstate highway driving in her Jeep before she went through a drive-thu for coffee at a McDonalds.

In spite of the noise associated with ordering, she was able to hear mewing, and wondered where it could be coming from. After arriving home, the cries persisted, and Pulsifer realized there must be a kitten in her car. It was dark, and Pulsifer called in reinforcements after being unable to locate the source of the sound. Several friends came over, still dressed in their wedding finery, to tear apart the vehicle.

CATastrophe Averted

Finally, they discovered the kitten wedged inside the bumper. Calls were made to the police and to an emergency vet for help. They had to cut the bumper apart to remove the tiny black kitten, which proved to be a difficult task in the dark with her blending into the shadows.

Pulsifer estimates the cat had been in the bumper around 22 hours. During the ordeal, the kittens paw got stuck, and her leg is broken in three places. She currently wears a sling until she is old and strong enough to handle a surgery, but will probably end up with an amputation. The injury doesn't seem to be holding back the playful kitten who is grateful for another chance at life, and also grateful for a home.

Fame, Family, and a New Name

Pulsifer decided to name her new kitten Pumpkin, who will share her home with a sister cat named Lucabella. Lucabella isn't sure about all the fuss over the newcomer, and views the kitten's playful antics with a mixture of annoyance and tolerance. "She is adjusting," Pulsifer says of her less-social cat.

Costs for the care of Pumpkin have been around $800 so far, but even Pulsifer's landlords have been intrigued by the kitten's story, refusing rent so she can put the money towards the medical costs. They are just so great," a smiling Pulsifer says of her landlords.

For more information, visit the Press Republican. Photo by Associated Press.

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