CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — Jane Holt can't understand why someone would shoot her cat Simon with a bow and arrow overnight Friday.
The indoor/outdoor cat comes to the door "like clockwork" every morning, but on Saturday morning she noticed he had a hunting arrow protruding through his head.
"It was right by his ear; half was sticking out one side and half was sticking out the other," she said. "It was like he was running away."
Holt pulled out the arrow and took her cat to Family Pet Hospital, where Sarah Bendorf treated the injured feline.
"He's a lucky guy," she said. "I've never seen a cat with an injury this bad, doing so well. He's lucky it missed everything vital, especially being shot in the head."
Bendorf said the arrow penetrated Simon's ear canal, but it was too early to know if his hearing would be affected.
"I don't think it hurt his eardrum, but if there is damage, he should be able to hear OK with his other ear," she said.
The veterinarian said Simon is the first cat she's treated with such an intentional injury, adding that she's patched up several dogs that had been shot.
Holt said Simon is not aggressive and lives in a home with her three dogs.
"He found us, actually," she said. "He thinks he's a dog, but he's a pretty cool cat.
"It truly makes me angry that someone would do something like this."
Holt, who lives in a neighborhood behind Barksdale Elementary School off Madison Street, reported the incident to police.
"We live in a neighborhood where everybody knows each other, and which cat belongs to who. I can't imagine anybody seeing anything and not reporting it," she said. "We don't know if it might have been kids in the neighborhood or a random act by someone else."
Holt said it was a carbon-fiber hunting arrow that she pulled out of Simon.
"He's doing OK now," she said. "But it's good to make people aware when something like this happens because somebody might mention or hear something that could help find who did this."