Guest Post: Prancie by Ellen Pilch of

Several people have asked if our ginger cat, Prancie is a Scottish Fold.


The quick answer is no, but the explanation takes a while. Prancie showed up on a rare below zero January night back in 2005. I kept hearing a cat meowing by the front hall and looked all over to see if one of ours was trapped in a closet or drawer. I finally decided to open the front door and there she was ready to dart into the house.

We would never let a cat freeze, but I couldn’t just let her come inside until she was tested for FELV/FIV. I called my neighbor who was my partner in crime at rescuing cats and she came right over. We opened a can of cat food and she followed us right into the barn and ate the whole meal. I felt awful making her stay in the barn, but it was warmer enough in there with the hay. I would have crated her in our basement for the night, but at that point in time my husband wasn’t as into cats as he is now and felt we had too many already.

That night I prayed she would survive and she did. The next day I got a better look at her and saw that the tips of her ears were all black so I immediately took her to the vet. Sadly, the tips were frost-bitten and one actually fell right off on the exam table. After that, my husband took pity upon her and let her move in (her FELV/FIV was negative).

We named her Prancie because of how she pranced around for her meals. She gets along great with all the other cats in the house and is very playful. She is also very smart at getting her way. If she wants us to get up in the morning, she will knock items off the bureau. She also has a little bell on the nightstand that she rings. And she  loves to be read to.


She is always very careful to keep her claws in when playing with us or walking on us. I can’t imagine why anyone would have dropped her off , especially on such a frigid night. My husband and I are both thankful that she chose our door to meow for help.


I am an advocate for indoor cats, but for those of you that do allow your cats outdoors, be sure to keep them in when it is really cold. I would recommend having your kitty wear a hat, but as any cat owner knows, that isn’t going to happen.

Thanks Ellen

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30 thoughts on “Guest Post: Prancie by Ellen Pilch of

  1. franhunne4u says:

    Isn’t it astonishing how they seem to know just where to look for help? Our first one did it, too – in April, on Easter Sunday. She was heavy with kittens – four weeks later there were six cats. She looked for a nice place to have them and where she would be taken care of – and we did.

  2. Yvonne says:

    Poor cat, losing part of an ear to frost bite. Lucky cat, choosing you. Lucky you, scoring such a nice cat.

    I do like “The Fat cat sat on the mat”.

    • pilch92 says:

      Yes,it was a win -win situation. I wish she had come before her l ittle ears froze though. That is a cute book 🙂

  3. fozziemum says:

    What a sweetie and yes they know where to go..we have some special halo I am sure! a lovely happy ending 🙂 and yes I have a soft spot for ginger girls 🙂 hugs Fozziemum

  4. Cat says:

    Cats do seem to know who will rescue them. I loved reading your story. sadly I just lost both my 16yr old cats this past year. I watched them being born in the hall cupboard and they were very special. The tom was called Oscar and he looked just like your Oliver

  5. angelswhisper2011 says:

    Prancie knew were she was welcome…they all know 🙂 Thank you for sharing this heartfelt story with us. She’s special. *to Granny* Thank cat I stay in when it’s cold. Extra Pawkisses 🙂 <3

  6. Danielle Saint-Pierre Robinson says:

    Lovely story, thank you for sharing. I have rescued, (over the last few years), my 3 boys in the wintertime as well,( around -25 C.) I am always on the look out for homeless cats, especially in the dead of winter. I leave food out and there is a little cat house with blankets. It’s incredible that cats can survive out there, cold and hungry. It’s heartbreaking. I am always hoping to find a little mom- cat- to- be, but I seem to attract males lately.
    My felines are now very happy to stay inside in the winter, but it is such a looong winter and they get bored. They are already bored with their Christmas toys…. On milder days, they will go out for 5 minutes…. My 2 girls will not go out until May.

  7. Marty the Manx says:

    Prancie’s story is a wonderful one of the right kitty finding the perfect home! Sadly we have had some very sad stories of frostbite and cats this year here and it is always important to remind everyone how fragile anipals ears are.

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