ST. JACOBS, IL (KTVI) -- Muffin, a feline from St. Jacobs, is being called a "miracle cat."
Her owners thought she'd headed to the Great Beyond recently when Muffin was found lifeless and cold with no heart rate or signs of breathing.
Then they buried her.
"Then I took tape and wrapped it around the outside of the box to prevent critters from trying to dig her remains after we buried her," said mom, Sarah McCallum.
The McCallums had lost a longtime family cat last year, and Sarah thought she was doing the right thing burying Muffin before the kids came home from school.
But her son, Bradley, wanted to plant a flower at the cat's grave site when he got home.
"When I was burying a hole for it, it like, I heard a meow," said Sarah. "As soon as I put the shovel in the ground, then I could hear, and then I couldn't move the dirt fast enough."
So despite being buried for three and a half hours, it wasn't the end for Muffin. Instead, they found that a seizure Muffin suffered led Sarah to believe she'd died.
"This is the only cat that likes to snuggle with me," said Bradley.
The vet has checked the cat and declared her happy and healthy. She just has to take 30 days of medicine for encephalitis.
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