Mr. Biscuits (formerly known as Engy) the kitten has been through quite an ordeal since his days as a stray. Some would say his story is proof that cats have nine lives.
The kitten survived being stuck in a car engine, survived extreme temperatures and suffered burns on nearly a third of his body. But his story has a happy ending.
Being homeless and nowhere else warm and safe to go, the kitten thought it was best to seek shelter underneath the hood of a car from a chilly night in mid-October in Valley Forge. Until the owner of the car hopped in the next morning to drive to work. Biscuits was trapped inside.
And as the engine heated up, the cat sustained severe burns and, the veterinarians who would later care for him said, at one point may have even caught on fire, according to his fundraising page. Fortunately the driver noticed something off about his steering wheel. When he arrived at work, he popped the hood and found the little cat staring at him, a very sooty, scared kitty.
It took animal control officers nearly two hours to safely pull the cat out of the car. After he was out, though, his journey was far from over.
He was rushed to the emergency room at Metropolitan Veterinary Associates by a very kind soul who left her home in her pajamas, with baby in tow, to retrieve Mr. Biscuits from the shelter. At first, his injuries seemed just too severe to fix. But as this sweet orange and white tabby was lying on the table covered in filth, and despite his injuries, the cat started playing with his blanket. It looked like he was kneading dough–hence, “Mr. Biscuits.”
Mr. Biscuits was severely burned over about 25% of his body. We won’t give you too many gory details, but the state he was in was about as bad as it gets. The top part of his left leg and hip was burned black and he had a gaping hole on his back.
Mr. Biscuits finally found his way to The Grannie Project, an animal rescue group devoted to older pets. The director of the shelter, Amanda Cox, said that even though Mr. Biscuits was younger than their usual pets, when she saw him, she couldn’t say no.
“We usually rescue older cats, but sometimes, there’s that little face you just can’t turn away from,” said Cox.
The Grannie Project is slowly nursing Mr. Biscuits back to health. He has a long road ahead of him before he is good as new, though Cox has high hopes.
“He is hanging in there,” she said. “His spirits are high and he is winning the hearts of the nurses and doctors who are caring for him around the clock.”
The shelter set up a fundraising page to help cover his medical costs.
Mr. Biscuits also has his own Facebook page and has become something of a spokescat to raise awareness about animals seeking shelter in cars.
Cox said all it takes to make sure that no animals are hiding in your car on a chilly morning is a knock on the hood or a tap on the horn.
And what will happen to Mr. Biscuits when he gets better?
“He has a committed foster home,” Cox said. “But he will need a forever home when he is ready.”