Booger the cat definitely has nine lives.
The orange and white male cat was found Monday under someone’s deck in Kalamo Township, Michigan, southwest of Lansing, with an arrow stuck in his chest, The Detroit News reports. In a statement provided to the newspaper, county sheriff’s officials said the cat had been shot with a crossbow arrow that had a target tip.
Booger is recovering following surgery Tuesday, and the Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
“We’re not out of the woods, but he’s awake,” Julia Wilson, president and CEO of CAHS, told The Detroit News. “We’re optimistic. He made it through the night, and he looks pretty good, all things considered.”
Wilson said Booger’s medical care will be covered by the humane society’s special care and cruelty fund. She added that the arrow caused extensive damage to the cat’s lungs.
“We’re not sure what the long-term effects will be,” Wilson told the paper.
Today, CAHS upgraded Booger’s status from “guarded” to “excellent.”
“As of this morning, he is purring, eating, and seems to be in very good spirits,” CAHS wrote on its Facebook page.
Sheriff’s officials reportedly said that they do know whom the cat’s belongs to; however, the owner — who said she last saw Booger on Saturday — is unable to afford veterinary care for her pet.
Tipsters are asked to contact the Eaton County Sheriff Department at (517) 543-3512 with information on this case.