Cats get accused all the time of being cold, detached, only out for themselves. They have “staff.” Well one Polish cat named Radamenes is not working for himself–he’s working for other sick and injured animals in the shelter where he lives, and making them miraculously better.
Radamenes is from Bydgoszcz, Poland, and brought to the shelter for medical help. The eight-month-old kitten’s previous owners only wanted to end his suffering. Battling a critical respiratory infection and mange, his prognosis did not look good, and he wasn’t expected to survive long. He wasn’t even allowed near the other animals for fear he could transmit the infection to them.
Radamenes disagreed, though, and soon proved that he had the will to live. He was a true survivor, and the vets at the shelter soon saw that he seemed to have that effect on others, too.
Veterinarian Lucy Kuziel-Zawalich held him in her arms and knew that Radamenes was a fighter. “He was in a terrible state, and I decided that the best thing for him would be to put him down to end his suffering,” she said.”
But she soon sensed that he hadn’t used all of his nine lives yet, and became determined to help him get better.
Now he’s paying it forward to the other animals in the shelter in need of TLC.
Most cats who get brought into the shelter are prepared to be adopted into local “forever” homes. Not Radamenes, as the staff soon found out. He was too valuable to lose.
They named him Radamenes after a character in a Polish children’s series. He’s a magical Egyptian who grants seven wishes to a boy who saves him from criminals who left him for dead. The name couldn’t be more appropriate for a cat who was on death’s door and now wants nothing more than to save others who were in the position he was once in.
Radamenes is now the official shelter “nurse cat.” He spends much of his time nursing other animals back to full health. He seems drawn to sick and injured animals of all species and shows a natural talent for caring and comforting them. It is truly remarkable to see.
Radamenes is always purring and hugging his “patients” with his paws. The sound of his soft purring and the gentle touch of his paws seems to help animals heal and recuperate. The shelter is so grateful that they found him.
Far from being aloof, cats can be surprisingly loyal animals, and true friends like Radamenes exemplify that quality.
Studies have shown that the power of touch is incredibly healing–even without any medication, the feeling of being close, loved and supported can do wonders in helping people recover. Animals sometimes have amazingly human qualities, and they may benefit from the power of touch as much as we do.
Radamenes loves to kiss, cuddle, and hug his friends until they feel better!
Now, numerous miracle recoveries have been attributed to this feline. Many animals have recovered and survived when they weren’t expected to, all thanks to a cat who wasn’t expected to survive himself.
He gives the animals his own brand of kitty massage, and seems to pay particularly close attention to those recovering from surgeries.
When cats knead at you, nip at you, or hook a claw in your sweater, think twice about why they’re doing it. They may just be learning from Radamenes and thinking you had a hard day and could use some love!
Here’s the video. See for yourself the power of one cat’s love!