Dr. Elsey’s Share Your Story: Mel & Bobcat
Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (11-03-2021) #0066: Dr. Elsey’s has launched a project called Share Your Story, asking people to recount how their pet helped them through a tough time. Mel Futorian’s film “Mel & Bobcat” in Tracie’s 4th Annual NY Cat Film Festival (now playing nationwide), is a perfect example of how a pet’s love saved their person. Mel talks about recovering from Covid-19 in the early days, March of 2020, and being entirely alone. She got well enough to adopt a tiny, frightened, very sick kitten. But after she pulled him through and earned his trust, she had to have emergency surgery. During a long, difficult recovery the kitten was her salvation. She was very weak and still “sheltering in place” in isolation during the worst of Covid in New York City. She and Bobcat kept each other company and looked after each other to survive — developing their own interspecies language and companionship, which continues to this day.