Lucky Tom is an extremely lucky cat.
The last time that Lucky Tom’s owner, Sid Tracy, saw him was when the orange and white tabby cat ran off after being scared by a loud flood warning speaker. Even though Tracy lost many of his possessions in the flood, all that he cared about was his missing cat.
Last week, neighbors told Tracy that they saw a cat that looked like Lucky Tom wandering in a pasture behind his house. Tracy raced home and called for the cat, whose orange-and-white head popped up in the pasture.
“He came running and put his head on my lap. That got me there,â€ Tracy said. â€œHe laid still for a while as I petted him, and it was almost like you could feel his relief. Iâ€™ll admit I got pretty emotional.â€
Lucky Tom was malnourished and injured. The cat had lost some weight and had a spot of oil on his nose.
From The Kansan:
That spot of oil on Tomâ€™s nose could have been from the 71,400 gallons of crude oil that spilled from the Coffeyville Resources refinery after the Verdigris River topped its banks, flooding about a quarter of the southeast Kansas town June 30.
Tracy took Tom to a veterinarian Wednesday and noticed something new about his cat, an orange and white tabby he has had for about three years.
â€œAs I was taking him, something kind of freaked me out. He canâ€™t meow right, never could really, but when I was driving him to the vetâ€™s, he was making this long gurgle noise that sounded like â€˜helpâ€™ with a silent â€˜hâ€™. That cat has been through some tough stuff.â€
He said he named the cat Lucky Tom because of his ability to defy the odds.
â€œTom was only six weeks old when I found him coming out from under the house. I didnâ€™t want a cat at the time, but I couldnâ€™t see an animal starve, so I fed him,â€ Tracy said. â€œSince then, Iâ€™ve nursed him through serious wounds and illnesses â€” his name says it all.â€