Trudie was dubbed a “miracle” cat by the RSPCA. The 4-year-old tortoiseshell cat, named after St. Gertrude of Nivelles, unofficial patron saint of cats, managed to survive for 16 days on her own after being hit by a bus on March 14.
After the accident, witnesses tried to help her, but she ran away. Afterward, an RSPCA assistant, Amy Hearne, and volunteer Katie Duncan from Hertfordshire went to great lengths to find the injured cat, reports the RSPCA website.
“They put up posters, issued social media appeals, contacted local vets and charities, dropped off leaflets at homes and businesses in the area, and worked with Cat Welfare Luton to try to find her,” they state.
Fortunately, a local business owner eventually spotted Trudie and contacted the RSPCA.
A Week of Emergency Veterinary Care
After capture, rescuers rushed Trudie to the vet, where she required extensive life-saving surgery. Due to the injuries, she lost an eye but made a miraculous recovery.
“Her facial injuries had left her unable to eat, so she was weak and exhausted and must have been in so much pain,” said Hearne. “She spent a week at the vets where she had life-saving surgery to remove her eye and wire her jaw back together. I can’t believe she’d survived as long as she had; she’s a little fighter.”
After surviving the ordeal, the staff fed her by tube and gave her round-the-clock care.
“Trudie is a miracle, so we gave her a very special name; Trudie, after St Gertrude, the Patron Saint of Cats. We’ve spent months helping Trudie to recover and build up her strength, and we’ve all fallen in love with her.”
Trudie the Miracle Cat/Cuddlebug
After months of care, Trudie’s personality began to shine. Now fully recovered, she loved her meals and is chatty with caregivers.
“She’s cheeky, affectionate, and playful; she’s such a character and will bring so much joy to the right family,” said Hearn. Continuing, she said Trudie is “still a youngster and absolutely loves to play but is also a real cuddlebug and will curl up on your lap within seconds of you sitting down.”
Trudie Finds a Forever Home
Now, Trudie has found the perfect family.
“Heartwarming mews alert!” wrote the RSPCA on Facebook.
“We’re supurr happy to announce that Trudie, who meowgically survived catastrophic injuries after being hit by a bus, has recovered and finally found her purrfect home!”
Today, this Miracle Cat lives in the lap of luxury with a couple from South Mimms who have a big garden and sunny rooms for her to explore.
“Trudie has really landed on her paws and loves to spend time in the sunny conservatory; she has her own chair, two armchairs, and a settee to choose from so she moves around to snooze in different spots,” they write.
Dennis Hooper adopted Trudie with his partner Shirley Carter and says they were looking for a cat to lavish with love. Hooper learned about Trudie from his daughter who wanted the save the cat but already had a cat of her own to care for.
“We’re big animal-lovers, particularly cats, and I knew I’d choose an animal who had been through the worst time, so I could show them a lovely life,” he said.
Already, he says the cat is loving all the TLC the family is providing her.
“She is smashing; she absolutely loves fuss and is a really sweetie,” he said.
It seems this is one cat that is truly blessed from above.