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Smart Cat.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

This is the 1st popular Cat story published in America in the early 1800’s. You’ll read why people who are owned by cats love it still.


‘Big Timothy’ was a large male cat of 5-years. He was the McCords finest catcher of mice, rats, and vermin. The cat slept in the corner of a wooden stall in the barn and had his pick of two female cats.

On the sixth snowfall, an unexplained accident occurred and the cat’s hind leg was severely broken. Docter was called and bandaged it well. Because of his value to the farm, Big Timothy was moved into the house and nursed to health by small portions of chicken, pork, and cows’ milk.

After a few weeks, the cat was able to walk with stiff bandages although with a severe limp and drag of his back leg. The McCord’s children loved the injured animal and played with it constantly.

When six weeks had passed, the stiff bandages were made lighter. However, since the cat was becoming rotund – Docter suggested lessening the chicken, pork, and milk portions. After eight weeks, the cat could walk and play without a limp. It was then decided to return Timothy to the barn and his job as chief vermin catcher.

For a number of days, the cat tried to reenter the McCord’s home – but since there was nothing physically wrong with Timothy, it was assumed the cat was confused by his malady. Also, the cat seemed to lose interest in hunting the vermin that now thrived around him.

On his third day in the barn, the alarmed children related to their parents that Timothy was again severely limping and dragging his hind leg. Docter was called but could find no physical evidence of an injury. Sadly, it was determined that the cat’s limited brain capacity had gone back to where it considered itself as injured as before and was no longer useful as a vermin killer.

But since the children enjoyed Timothy’s playing and affection so much, he was allowed back into the house where he lived until his 14th year. Sadly, for the rest of his life, he walked with a severe limp, dragging his “broken” leg behind.