TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WAAY)- The bond one Shoals woman battling cancer has with her cat is far greater than she ever imagined after it showed up at the right place at just the right time.
29 year old Haley Nichols recently made the difficult decision to give up Baby Cat and her two kittens because she couldn't pay the pet fees at her apartment complex in Tuscumbia.
The group Pets Are Worth Saving, P.A.W.S., took the cats, spayed them then relocated them 15 miles away on a farm in Spring Valley.
"I thought she'd be happier because she always wanted outside here, and I knew she was going to be in a barn and stay with her babies," said Haley. "I thought it was perfect and that she'd be happier, and I wanted to do what's right for my pets."
A few weeks later, Haley found out that she had stage three cervical cancer and had to have immediate surgery. When she returned home, Haley fell asleep on the couch and woke up to a surprise the next day.
"I woke up and there was a cat at my window. I looked and I was like that can not be Baby Cat. It can't be," she said. "I reached and opened the door and she ran in and meowed and I thought that it can't be her, but she has a very distinctive meow."
For the last four weeks the cat had been traveling several miles crossing roads and highways just to return to Haley's side where she hasn't left since.
"I really feel like she knew I had cancer and she wanted to be here with me, because her timing was impeccable. I was in Birmingham for four days and the day after I got home, she was in that window the very next morning. I just couldn't believe it," said Haley.
Haley said that she's so thankful for her miracle kitty and believes God sent her back to help her through the coming weeks of radiation.
"My cat knew I wasn't ok and she came back home. I think she's here watching over me," said Haley. "I just feel blessed to have her back, and I know that she's going to make my healing process better because she's like a friend."