Mermaid’s Rescue: Coney Island Cat Saved After Storm

Life With Cats is reader-supported. We may earn a small commission through products purchased using links on this page.
Mermaid at the vet.

Mermaid’s elderly guardian was evacuated on Wednesday night from the Coney Island building where the two lived, leaving Mermaid cold and alone in her home. Mermaid and her guardian had been without power or heat for over a week, since Hurricane Sandy. The woman was moved to a long term care facility and was not in a position to take or go back for the stranded cat.

Someone contacted Queens based For Animals, Inc. looking for help for the cat. For Animals put out a call for a foster caregiver in Brooklyn on their Facebook page on Thursday. The group rescued Mermaid and took responsibility for her care.

Hiding in a cabinet

For Animals wrote about the rescue and Mermaid’s health check at the vet:

When Mermaid’s rescuer went in to save her she was found hiding in an empty cabinet, completely terrified. She was covered in a towel to keep her calm, placed in a carrier, and brought to the vet.

Weighing just 4.4 lbs, she was treated for:
– pyometra (an infected uterus)
– an ear polyp that was plucked and sent for biopsy
– ear mites
– shave down due to severely matted fur
– nail trim due to overgrown claws

A full blood panel revealed her WBC were through the roof which could be related to the pyometra or ear polyp. However, the rest of her blood work was normal and she is FIV/FeLV negative. Mermaid only has 2 teeth left and they need to be removed but there are a ton of roots so it’s going to be a big dental. We are holding off on this procedure until her overall health improves.


For Animals Inc. started a ChipIn for those who want to contribute for Mermaid’s care. We have included the ChipIn widget below.

This very short video shows Mermaid hiding in the cabinet at her home as her rescue approaches her.


Mermaid at the vet.


If the above widget does not take you directly to PayPal, you can go to Mermaid’s Chipin page and donate HERE.



1 thought on “Mermaid’s Rescue: Coney Island Cat Saved After Storm”

Leave a Comment