Belated Caturday felid: Leon gets a brother

November 10, 2019 • 8:30 am

Greg posted a Caturday felid yesterday (his own cat Peyton), and now we have news from Wloclawek, Poland, where Elzbieta and Andrzej the Second, owners of Leon, have adopted a stray and abused kitten. Malgorzata tells the story:

Yesterday Andrzej II went to a village nearby where, in the local library, he had a meeting with a youth orchestra. In front of the library there was a cardboard box with a kitten, obviously malnourished and ill. Andrzej II grabbed the kitten, returned to Wloclawek and, with Elzbieta, ran to the vet. The kitten was about 3 months old and wounded. Some sadist had kicked him and there was some internal damage to the stomach which was visible outside in the form of hernia. It was too late to operate (after 8 p.m. and the vet didn’t have any nurse to help), but he said that the kitten should manage to wait. It will be operated on tomorrow [JAC: today]. E&A already adopted him and gave him a name “Mietek” – it’s a diminutive from a human name (for men).

I asked for some clarification of the name. Malgorzata replied:

It’s a name for a Polish male – “Mieczysław”. The meaning is rather terrifying because it means “The one that praises a sword”. They gave him this name because it was a musicians’ meeting and the name of one of their favourite jazz musician is Mietek.

Leon was taken with the kitten from the beginning but the kitten was not initially very trusting. Now they are touching noses and the kitten doesn’t seem to be in pain.

Elzbieta with Mietek in the vet’s waiting room:

I’ll report later today on the success of the operation. Let’s hope that Mietek, if he is okay, becomes a hiking cat like Leon!

I’ll never fathom how a human being can be so cruel as to kick a kitten.

16 thoughts on “Belated Caturday felid: Leon gets a brother

  1. “I’ll never fathom how a human being can be so cruel as to kick a kitten”

    One of the saddest experiences of my life happened when I was 17. I became good friends with a French-Canadian boy as we worked the summer at a construction sight in Quebec. Walking, we came upon a young cat and my friend picked him up and flung him 50 feet into a rock pile where he probably died. I asked him why he did such a cruel thing and he said he was once badly scratched by a cat and hated all cats. His excuse was unconvincing. I could never understand his behavior. The lesson for me…when you get to know someone, there may be uncomfortable surprises.

  2. Thank you so much to Elzbieta and Andrzej for taking in that kitten; I hope the surgery goes well as he’s had a really rough start in life and deserves to have a wonderful rest of it. I’ve rescued many cats, mostly older ones, and they grow to be very appreciative and loving. Let’s hope Leon will soon get used to his new companion and they will be best buddies.

    1. There’s something about Mietek’s look in the photo where he’s on Elzbieta’s shoulder that lets one know that he finally feels safe and loved.

      1. And he may not want to go hiking. Had one rescue who said she was entirely content to be an inside cat only. (But she had a litter very young, and hard life, and was thrilled to be off the streets forever.)

  3. I’m scarred now of kittens being operated on since the last tragedy in England. Hopefully, Mietek’s injuries will be straight forward and easy to mend. Keep us informed.

    1. There was a story in The Independent ,a bastard caught on CCTV taking a dog into someones garden where there was a cat ,bastard set the dog on the cat and killed it .
      His face was visible on the CCTV so there is a good chance he might get caught.

    2. There was a story in The Independent ,a bastard caught on CCTV taking a dog into someones garden where there was a cat ,bastard set the dog on the cat and killed it .
      His face was visible on the CCTV so there is a good chance he might get caught.

      1. An appropriate punishment would be some kind of reciprocal arrangement.

        Say a lion or tiger and a locked cage.

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