They say that a cat has 9 lives. Well that is just as well for this family’s feline, because one of them was definitely used up recently when the cat saved a sleeping 3 year old boy by taking a bullet for him.
The stray bullet pierced the window, went through the couch and then hit Opie, the Sipe family’s cat. The little boy was sleeping beside him.
“It took me a second to realize what just happened,” Angelica Sipe said to WPMT. “The first thing I did was check on my son and he was sound asleep. Then I saw my cat on the floor and that’s when I realized my cat was shot.”
The cat’s injuries could have been quite severe, with the bullet entering Opie’s head, out his neck, back into his shoulder and out under his armpit rib. He was very lucky to be alive.
And so of course was the little boy. “It could have been my son,” Sipe said.
However, amazingly Opie only suffered damage to some of his muscles. He was taken to an emergency vets where the bills to treat Opie came to $1,000.
To help pay for this, Sipe created a GoFundMe page. Within just a week it had raised more than $2,000.
“I am thankful for my cat and am in any way possible going to make sure he comes back home where he belongs,” Sipa wrote on the GoFundMe page. “He is my hero.”