PALM BAY — Purring contently, the 2-year-old silver tabby closed her eyes and arched her back while Dr. Paul Sikoski scratched her neck and ears.

Despite the cat’s easy-going disposition, the veterinarian considers it miraculous she’s alive after enduring a ghoulish ordeal.

On Dec. 9, Palm Bay police and a Brevard County animal control officer discovered the dying cat at an abandoned house. She was barricaded inside a darkened closet — perhaps for weeks, Sikoski estimated –alongside the decomposing remains of five dead felines.

“She was emaciated due to starvation, severely infested with fleas, to the point where she was anemic,” said Sikoski, who treated the struggling cat and gave her an emergency blood transfusion at Palm Bay Animal Clinic.

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