Cat who returned from the grave recovers from successful surgery

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By Karen Harrison Binette

Bart, the famed cat who climbed out of his grave and returned home, seen here after surgery to remove a damaged eye.


We’ve all heard of Bart the Miracle Cat from Florida by now – his story has been all over the news, with many headlines teasing a story of a Zombie Cat. The seemingly dead cat clawed his way out of a shallow grave and returned home after 5 days.

Bart’s petdad Ellis Hutson was devastated when he found his 2 year cat old lying motionless in the road after being hit by a car, and he thought his beloved pet was dead. Too upset to bury the cat himself, he enlisted a neighbor, who buried Bart in a shallow grave by the side of the road.

Five days later, Bart showed up in another neighbor’s yard. He was weak, dehydrated, filthy and injured, but very much alive.  His astounded owner brought him to the Animal Health Center at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to be treated for a broken jaw, open wounds, and damaged eye.

Bart had surgery on Tuesday to remove the bad eye and wire his broken jaw.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay wrote at Facebook on Tuesday to say Bart had come through his surgery ok: “Bart The Miracle Cat has successful surgery! He was a brave boy and is now resting comfortably. He is spending the night with our good friends at Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service so he can be monitored. He will return to us in the morning and need a week or so to recover before going back home!”

The Humane Society reported Wednesday that Bart was given a blood transfusion to help him regain his strength and deal with anemia, writing: “Bart was feeling a little low today. He was anemic and though it wasn’t a critical case of anemia, we decided that a blood transfusion would help him feel better. Luckily one of our wonderful adoptable cats, Draco, was a perfect match and gave blood for the transfusion.”

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s Save-A-Pet Medical Fund will help pay for Bart’s surgeries, which were expected to cost more than $1,000.

While some animal lovers have been less than kind in their opinion and remarks about Bart’s petdad, the Humane Society has voiced their support for him. Executive director Sherry Silk said Ellis Hutson “cares about this cat,” and is a “well meaning guy.”

Other animal lovers have been more positive about Bart’s second chance at life and have expressed their thanks to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and it veterinary staff for providing Bart with the care he needs to recover from his terrible ordeal.

See our post from January 27: Miracle Cat, Back From The Grave! for more.




Surgery Technician Ashley Gandees monitored anesthesia when Bart had surgery to remove his damaged eye and wire his broken jaw.


HSTB Veterinarian Dr. Justin Boorstein performs the intricate, 2-hour surgery to repair Bart's jaw and remove his eye.
HSTB Veterinarian Dr. Justin Boorstein performs the intricate, 2-hour surgery to repair Bart’s jaw and remove his eye.


Bart receiving a blood transfusion Wednesday.


Dr. Justin Boorstein checks on Bart as he receives the transfusion.

.All photos in this post via Humane Society of Tampa Bay

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