While caring for cats has been proven to reduce stress and benefit health, today’s feel good isn’t about anything science — it’s about how just one cat changed one soldier’s life.
Far from his home in Oregon City, Staff Sergeant Jesse Knotts crossed paths with a stray cat in the Maiwand Distract of Afghanistan while overseas on duty. This little lost feline reminded him of his own cat back home and he felt like he needed to rescue him.
“I’d lost hope in myself. I’d lost faith. Then all of a sudden this cat came over and it was like ‘Hey, you are you.’” Knotts told KPTV.com.
After noticing signs that this stray was clearly not being taken care of well, he brought the curious animal back to his small office space and gave the cat a name — Koshka.
They became fast friends. See, Knotts was on the devastated side of life when two of his human friends were killed in action, according to Buzzfeed.
But Koshka was there for him. While in a state, releasing feelings in the form of tears, the cat hopped up onto his lap and provided comfort and support.
“You lose faith in a lot but sometimes it’s the smallest things that bring you back,” says Knotts, referring to the dark day in his office.
Knotts says that Koshka pulled him out of his darkest times —and that he knew he had to return the favour for his friend.
So, with the help of an interpreter who helped get that cat halfway across Afghanistan and through dangerous Taliban checkpoints — Koshka finally reached Kabul. That’s when they flew the kitten from the Middle East all the way to the US.
Knotts eventually managed to get that cat home with him. Now they are living happily ever after in Oregon City.