April 17, 2008

Got Bats?

He looks harmless, right?

So earlier this week I posted about our cat Bode who we brought to the vet because of a growth on his leg (which turned out to be a funky hair follicle) and left the vet with a scheduled appointment to have several teeth extracted next week. Fun. While at the vet she recommended that he get a rabies booster because it had been a few years since his last shot. My husband and I were certain that we were being taken and questioned why a completely indoor cat would need a rabies booster. The vets response made us laugh: "Well, even though he's an indoor cat there is a chance that bats (rampant carriers of rabies) can get into the home and on the off chance that Bode comes in contact with this bat he could contract the disease." HUH??? At that point in the visit we really just wanted to sign the bill and get home so we reluctantly let the vet give Bode the rabies booster on the off chance that:

A) A bat finds it's way into our home (I've never even seen one in the area let alone our home)
AND
B) When said invisible bat becomes visible, Bode will somehow catch it and contract rabies

I'm pretty sure you can see where this is going...

A) Later that night I saw a shadow fly across the living room ceiling. I then saw it fly upstairs.
B) We locked Bridger (our other cat who did not receive the rabies booster that day) in a room and I instructed my husband to, "let Bode take care of it".

He took care of it alright. Less than a minute after I watched it (yes, a bat) fly upstairs my cute little Bode was prancing, literally prancing, down the stairs with the poor little guy in his mouth. He deposited the "gift" at the head of the dining room table and strutted proudly back to his roost. I have no idea what a bat was doing in our home or how Bode leaped far enough into the air to effortlessly catch it, but he did. And he did it on the exact same day our vet recommended a rabies booster shot, just in case he came in contact with a flying bat...

New rule: My cat rocks. (Oh, and when your vet recommends a rabies booster - get it.)

15 comments:

Gamma! said...

I can just picture this one! Did you get your camera out? Thanks for a good laugh after a long long day! Good night!

Courtney Rose said...

THAT is amazing. I can't even believe it. Wow. Incredible.

Anonymous said...

Like Stan has always said, you too continue to feel the effects iof the "golden horseshoe"...great story! Mom C

Stacie said...

I did not know where that was going - that's amazing! You should call and thank your vet and tell her that she is clairvoyant! :)

Brooke said...

Are you kidding me!!!!! I have never heard of such a story. Bode you are an amazing cat. You serve your name well!

David said...

awesome, go Bode!

Misty said...

That is just hilarious. I never saw the need for a cat, and now I do. Who would have thought? Your cat does rock!

Emy said...

weird-o-rama!!!

That is just crazy!!

Jodi said...

Oh my goooooodnesssssss. Get the shot for sure!

LISA said...

I think the Vet made a special trip to your house,and released one of his bats from his bat collection!The Vet wanted to really let you know.."it could happen!" LOL!

Amanda & Andrew said...

Now, around the time you saw the shadowy figure flying, did you hear a car door slam and then a squeal of tires?

If so, I'd suspect foul play.

What are the odds?

Well, you're into math and statistics!! Tell me, what are they?!
;)

Annie said...

Too weird! I say the vet was in on it.

Great job, Bode! Good thing he took care of it for you... I say an extra can of tuna tonight for dinner as a reward!

Stacie said...

That is just way too cool. I'm not a big cat person other than for rodents, but just one more reason I shall like them even more

Children's Hope International said...

If I hadn't returned from vacation to learn you received the referral for your beautiful baby boy, then I would have thought this was the best post ever.

Congratulations to you (!!) ...and in a lesser degree to Bode.

Jennifer N.

Brad and Fran Hoagland said...

This is incredibly strange. I thought as I was reading it, that maybe you misunderstood the vet saying "bat" for "cat". Then, the story goes on and it is incredible. What a coincidence. What were the odds of that really happening?!?