Friday, April 24, 2020

Ms. Kitty Wins Muldrow Officers’ Hearts

Miss Kitty may have had her run as a character on TV’s “Gunsmoke” in the 1970s, but another Ms. Kitty is stealing the show in Muldrow.

The Muldrow Police Department has been nursing a feral female cat they’ve christened Ms. Kitty back to health after officers found her 13 days ago outside the department near some trash bins.

Ms. Kitty tried to run from police but was too weak, Assistant Police Chief Tim Keith said Thursday. “We finally captured her with a net.” Officers took the obviously injured cat to a veterinarian, who had to remove one of her eyes and treated several abscessed areas on her body.

The MPD is giving daily health updates on Ms. Kitty on its Facebook page, and Thursday’s update says it is a “big day” for her, Keith said, because after taking several rounds of antibiotics, Ms. Kitty was headed back to the veterinarian’s office to check her progress. 

“I’m not a vet,” Keith said, “but it appears to me she’s doing a lot better.” She is actually spending some time sitting in officers’ laps as she becomes more and more comfortable with her new home.

Ms. Kitty tested negative for feline leukemia and feline AIDS, so it is just a matter of time before she is back to her old self, Keith said. “I’m thinking this last antibiotic has done the trick,” he said.

It seems other cats have heard that the officers in the Muldrow Police Department have a soft spot when it comes to abandoned kitties. Keith said a kitten appeared outside the department a few days ago and is also being cared for there. The kitten appears to have just been weaned and is able to eat a little solid food. Keith said one of the officers plans on adopting the tiny gray kitten.

When asked why they decided to share their time with Ms. Kitty on Facebook, Keith said, “Everybody needs something good to latch onto” during this time of social distancing. 

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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