All cats may have nine lives, but Christopher, an orange and white tabby who lives at a Redwood City veterinary clinic, also has a sixth sense. Dubbing him a "guardian angel," "wonder cat" and "miracle kitty," the staff and volunteers at the Nine Lives Foundation's Feline Well-Care Clinic say Christopher can tell when other cats need help. He will sit outside the cages of sick felines until someone lets him in.
Christopher, who is about 3 or 4 years old, was found on the side of a road by a group of bicyclists in March. He arrived at the clinic unable to stand, his pelvis fractured. He recuperated, and one day simply jumped out of his cage while it was being cleaned. Since then, Christopher has lived at the clinic.
On Wednesday morning he snoozed in his favorite cat bed on a desk, ignoring the hustle and bustle around him. As is typical for Christopher, he was napping next to a terminally ill cat.
"He'll often paw at a cage door to be let in so he can clean and comfort a cat in there," said Robert Lowery, a San Ramon resident and volunteer at Nine Lives.
Last month, when he asked to be let into a cage with two feral kittens that were "untouchable, just hissing and growling." Christopher taught the kittens all about being a cat, and within a couple of weeks they were tame.
But Christopher's biggest claim to fame is likely saving the life of a tiny black kitten that came to the clinic July 11 with severe anemia. She needed a blood transfusion immediately, and the centre's vet couldn't draw enough to even determine her blood type.
Christopher kept jumping up on the operating table, rubbing on Thompson and nuzzling the kitten. So the vet grabbed Christopher and used his blood for the transfusion. They didn't know it at the time, but the kitten had an uncommon "B" blood type found in about 20 to 25 percent of the cat population. As it turned out, Christopher also has Type B blood. The kitten was standing up within about four hours of the transfusion.
Though many people have inquired about adopting Christopher, the staff at the centre are definitely keeping him.
"Who knows how many cats he'll save in the years ahead," one of the volunteers said.
Christopher, you are a hero and a star and, most definitely, our:
BRICK OF THE DAY
Thanks to Ellie for sending
this story into MadPriest Towers.