A heartwarming story by Dovas in Bored Panda caught my eye this week because (as you can see), Radamenes is a black cat. He's a black cat that is now caring for other ill patients at an animal shelter in Poland.
Rose Webster on Paw Mane Fin / All rights reservedI was owned by the sweetest black cat named Pika, shown at right (before she passed).
And I've always felt compelled to debunk any myth that black cats are bad luck or evil.
It's a sad couple of statistics that black cats have the lowest adoption rate and the highest euthanasia rate.
Curious to learn more about Radamenes, I contacted Schronisko dla Zwierząt w Bydgoszczy Animal Shelter in Poland. And via the shelter's Facebook page, Jakub Jaworski granted me permission to use photos of Radamenes for this article.
I cannot read or understand Polish too well (despite my grandmother being from Poland), but I managed to piece together the story of Radamenes through other articles and YouTube videos.
Radamenes Found Deathly Ill
Shlomi Fish (shlomif on flickr) / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 GenericA YouTube video published on April 17th, 2015 by The Red Phoenix stated Radamenes was found on the streets of Bydgoszcz, a city in northern Poland.
He was about 8-months old, balding and according to the New York Post, suffering from an inflamed respiratory tract.
TVN Meteo reported that it was Radamenes original owners who dropped him off at the shelter for treatment. Veterinarian Lucyna Kuziel–Zawalich stated:
"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."
But despite the odds, this little black kitten started to purr, treatment was begun and overnight he seemed to improve. Apparently, his previous owners feared he was too ill and so Dr. Lucyna Kuziel–Zawalich kept him. "We joke that he is now one of our full-time nurses," she added.
As for his name (I've seen it spelled both as Radamenes and Rademenes), the staff at Schronisko dla Zwierzat Animal Shelter named him after the cat in a popular Polish children's TV series. The show called Siedem życzeń (Seven Wishes) is about an incarnated man from Egypt who grants seven wishes to a boy who saves him.
Up next is a 1:06 minute video of Rademenes (or Radamenes) who also has his own Facebook page. Note: There are no words spoken in this video, just some lively background music.
Rademenes - Nursing Cat
Published on April 25th, 2015
Radamenes Cares For Dogs and Cats
Schronisko dla Zwierząt w Bydgoszczy Animal Shelter / Used with PermissionSoon staff members noticed that Radamenes started tending to dogs and cats who were undergoing surgery or medical treatment.
Often, they would see him resting atop or near cats in recovery or spooning canine patients. He even hugs and licks them.
Radamenes is another cat who behaves like a person.
Dr. Lucyna Kuziel–Zawalich explained:
"He cuddles and hugs other [animals doing] poorly. He cleans them and sleeps with them and pays particular attention to those suffering from serious diseases. It’s as if having been so close to death’s door himself, he now wants to help others get better."
I was simply amazed at all the photos of Radamenes caring for other cats and dogs. You can enjoy them next. And special thanks to Jakub Jaworski and all the staff at Schroniska dla Zwierząt w Bydgoszczy for sharing these incredible photos of Radamenes.
And mostly, thank you for not giving up on an 8-month old, deathly ill black kitten whose compassion and gratitude proves that cats can sense human intention, illness, and emotions. It just goes to show you that cats can form special bonds with other cats and animals.