A cat called “Booger” is “in very good spirits” Wednesday after he was shot with a crossbow arrow and underwent surgery to remove the bolt, according to the Lansing humane society providing treatment.

The orange-and-white tabby, which previously was nicknamed “Kitty” by rescuers but named “Booger” by his owner, was found around 10 a.m. Monday under a deck outside a home on Carlisle Highway in Kalamo Township, southwest of Lansing.

He had been shot with a crossbow arrow with a target tip, causing extensive lung damage.

“It has been a very long 24 hours, but we are thrilled to announce that kitty’s status has been upgraded from guarded to excellent,” officials with the Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) said Wednesday in a post on the group’s Facebook page. “As of this morning, he is purring, eating, and seems to be in very good spirits, which is a huge improvement from the condition he has been in since Monday. We have been in contact with his owner and learned that his name is Booger.”

The cat is expected to remain for treatment at the surgical center through the end of the week, when he will be transferred in-house for further observation at the humane society, CAHS president and CEO Julia Wilson said. He then will be returned to his owner.

“We’re working with the owner right now, and our intention is to return the cat to his owner and to have him live strictly indoors,” Wilson said. “He wasn’t an outdoor cat (before the shooting) but sometimes he’d want to go out.”

The cat’s owner is an elderly woman with other pets in the home, all with veterinary records indicating they are well-cared for, Wilson said. Humane society officials are confident the owner was not involved in the shooting.

“Our communication with her has been extreme concern and tears,” Wilson said. “There was no concern as far as I know regarding (her involvement).”

Wilson said “Booger” — and other pet cats — are safer kept indoors.

“But at the same time, we do understand that there are many cherished cats that live outside,” she said. “We don’t want this to become an indoor, outdoor issue. It’s about (the fact that) somebody did something horrible to this cat.”

The humane society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

“While we would like to believe that the shooting of this kitty was not intentional, we are unfortunately all too familiar with the fact that acts of cruelty against animals are common,” humane society officials said in a Facebook post Tuesday. “With this in mind, CAHS is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that will lead to an arrest in this case.”

Tipsters are asked to contact the Eaton County Sheriff Department at (517) 543-3512. The reward is “payable upon arrest and conviction,” humane society officials said.

On Tuesday, the cat was in “serious, but stable condition” while being treated for pain. Officials remained guarded through the first 24 hours after surgery before announcing his positive prognosis Wednesday.

Medical care for the cat will be covered by the humane society’s special care and cruelty fund, Wilson said.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, officials said Tuesday.

“This is still an open and active investigation,” said Theresa Odell, spokeswoman for Sheriff Tom Reich. “We’re talking to all the neighbors and the property owners that adjoin where they did find the cat. We don’t have any new leads or anything but that’s what’s going on.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Eaton County Animal Control at (517) 543-5755 or CAHS at (517) 626-6060. To donate to a “special care/cruelty fund, go here.

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