'The Adventures of Harry the Rescue Cat': a true story — with somersaults

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM.

Sometimes people choose a pet and sometimes a pet chooses you.

Martha Cooper has owned several cats, and as she will tell you, they all seem to have their own distinct personalities. But to have a cat that turns somersaults, that’s book-worthy.

"If you're a cat person, you know that you can't teach a cat to do anything — if they do anything it's because they come up with it," she says with a chuckle as she talks of her unusual Harry.

Harry is Cooper's 3-year-old Tuxedo cat that she adopted from her veterinarian three years ago. The vet believes he was 5 or 6 weeks old when he was found under someone's house trapped and tangled up in monofilament wire and unable to get free. Once freed from the wire, the orphan was left at the vet's office.

Cooper, of Santa Rosa Beach , had recently lost her 15-year-old Tuxedo cat, Mike, and when she saw Harry, she fell in love.

Cooper said she didn't choose Harry's name for any particular reason but that he just looked like a Harry. However, she now feels the choosing of his name might have been serendipitous as he has proven to be quite an escape artist, just like Houdini.

"I guess because he was tied up as a kitten, he remembers that and can't stand to be restrained," she said. "He's a character and kind of crazy. He has lots of energy and likes to climb. He's a nut."

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