Cat, Formerly In Jar, Is Removed From Jar
If any animal ever seemed to be engineered to prompt social
media posts about her with the caption “Me” underneath, it
surely is “Mira” or “Miracle” (sources vary, and in either
case, that’s not her Christian name, but one that was given to
her after the ordeal this post concerns). For you see, Mira is
feral cat who supposedly roamed the streets of Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania, for a week with a jar of mayonnaise on her head.
“I saw this cat coming to eat and it had a mayo jar and I was
like, ‘Oh, my God!’ and it ran away. The next day, I was
literally able to get the mayo jar and try to get its head
popped out and it ran away again,” is what concerned cat lover
Linda Ruggere told 16 WNEP.
I do not mean to disparage Ruggere’s compassion or mock her
attempt to help a feline condiment fiend, but how do you let a
cat with a jar on its head get away once the jar is in your
hand? Seems like as a human without a jar on your head, you
have a huge advantage over the cat whose entire world has been
supplanted with glass this close to her face. Shoulda
busted out the lid gripper, I guess.
I have more questions and I hope you do, too: How the hell does
a cat survive with her head in a jar for a week? How
does she breathe? How does she eat? How does she drink?
Another news story about this animal answers one of
these questions with an account that is as unsatisfying as most
things in life.
The Standard-Speaker reports that Mira “survived
with the jar on her head by drinking rainwater that accumulated
But how did that work? Unless Mira took to standing on
her head (at that time, a mayonnaise jar) and consciously
collecting rain like some castaway acrobat on a dessert island,
how on earth was she accumulating rainwater? I want a sketch of
the physics here. I’ve been fooled by
cats in jars on the internet before, I don’t want to go
through that again.
After Mira’s supposed week under glass, a rescue group named
Whisker’s World trapped her and brought her to veterinarian Dr.
Inayat Kathio. Dr. Kathio removed the jar, treated Mira’s chin
wounds, hydrated her, and spayed her. The procedure would
normally cost $2,500 but Dr. Kathio did it for free since
Whisker’s World couldn’t afford that.
Mira was released back into the neighborhood where she came
from. She returns to her world knowing she can stick her head
wherever she damn well pleases and rely on humans to pick up
the pieces. In a way, she is now uber-cat.