In the winter of 2016, an Ohio resident received a heartbreaking call that would change her life forever.
A beautiful white cat was enduring a harsh winter, begging door-to-door for food.
Read on to find out how this Ohio woman refused to let this cat suffer.
Unusual Phone Call
One cold winter day in Ohio, Barbara Ferguson received a call from a friend who lived across town.
The friend told her that a white cat lived near her house and was going from her porch to her neighbor’s house begging for food and shelter.
The woman had a box for the cat and the neighbors fed it.
Her husband was allergic to cats and could not take her in.
When Barbara heard the news from a friend, she hung up the phone and immediately took action.
She prepared a carrier and ran around town to protect her.
Unfortunately, catching the cat was more difficult than she had expected.
At first she was not successful, but with the help of her son (David), she finally caught the cat and brought it home.
Barbara learns that the cat is in very bad shape and needs immediate medical attention.
The Road to Recovery
She arranges a visit to the vet to make sure this sweet boy gets the treatment he deserves.
The vet concludes that Murphy is about two years old.
At first, Barbara did not realize that the cat she was protecting was a boy. She mistook it for a girl and named it Molly.
The vet took one look at the cat and said, ‘I’ve never heard of a male cat named Molly.
Without thinking, she renamed the cat Murphy!
‘I don’t know why I named him Murphy. It was the first name that popped into my head!” Barbara told National Kitty.
Murphy’s toothless smile
Unfortunately, life outdoors was not kind to poor Murphy.
According to veterinarians, Murphy’s teeth had rotted away due to chronic malnutrition. All but two of Murphy’s teeth had to be pulled.
Now Murphy has a little pink tongue peeking out of his mouth and a toothless smile!
We get a lot of questions about Murphy’s mouth. They wonder why he has no teeth. I think it’s his beautiful smile that makes him unique!” Barbara told National Littleton. Barbara told National Kitty.
Two weeks after his protection, Murphy slipped through the door and escaped from Barbara’s home.
Barbara was devastated.
She feared that Murphy had gone back to the other side of town, where he had lived as a homeless cat for a long time.
She fears that Murphy may have gone back to the other side of town, where he has lived as a homeless cat for so long.
Barbara and her son looked around for Murphy. It was difficult.
Murphy’s white fur was blending in with the snow! It would be impossible to find him.
Barbara and her son looked everywhere, even in their own neighborhood and the neighborhood where they had sheltered Murphy.
But still they could not find him.
Just when Barbara was about to lose hope, the unthinkable happened. ……
Murphy’s Miraculous Return
Barbara came up with another way to get Murphy back.
She opened the garage door and left the house door wide open.
Moments later, Barbara’s son entered the living room holding Murphy!
Murphy sneaks home and takes a nap in Barbara’s bed.
After all, he knows where the house is!
Murphy is now 6 years old. He lives with his sister Maggie and brother Max.
He also has a new dog friend named Marley.
Murphy is a gentle, sweet boy who loves to sleep on Barbara’s lap. He is very dignified and walks with his fluffy white tail held high.
Murphy is a very picky eater, as he was a starving cat when he was found!
He only likes beef flavored food and will not eat chicken or fish flavored food.
He is now very sophisticated!
The Mystery of Murphy
When Barbara found Murphy, he was neutered and used to being around humans.
This meant that Murphy had been owned by someone at one time. Barbara often wonders how this beautiful boy became homeless.
Murphy’s past will always remain a mystery. But the important thing is that Murphy is now in loving arms.
We are so happy that Murphy and Barbara have found each other!