1948: “Shot” Cat Returns; Nine Lives Intact

Shows Only Scars of Battle With Late Parrot.

Middletown, Conn., Aug. 12. (AP)–The cat came back, minus bullet holes and with all of its nine lives intact. And Charles Nixon, who already has paid a fine for supposedly killing the feline, says he won’t shoot at it again.

The cat, called Ruffles, killed Nixon’s 36-year-old parrot, Texas, last week. To avenge his pet, Nixon shot at the cat and saw it drop as if dead.

Nixon was brought into court, paid a $5 find and asserted it was “well worth it.”

Last night, however, Ruffles returned home. Numerous scars on his body told of his fracas with the late Texas. But there was nary a bullet hole.

“He must have been playing possum,” commented the examining veterinarian.

From The North Adams Transcript (North Adams, Massachusetts), Thursday, August 12, 1948.

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