updated 12/23/2009 4:14:56 PM ET 2009-12-23T21:14:56

Down two legs, and who knows how many lives, a Florida cat missing 11 days somehow arrived home.

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Owner Tracie Steger nearly lost hope after search parties and fliers failed to turn up her beloved Giggle-Blizzard. She winced after hearing a car had hit a kitty, and raced to scare off a vulture with a suspicious whisker in its teeth.

Neither was him.

But on Thanksgiving night, a yelp from the porch was.

A car had smashed his back legs a week ago, but Giggle-Blizzard somehow got back. He knew the area from walking unleashed with Steger's seven other cats and two dogs.

After two operations he's back in Steger's menagerie, sporting Christmas-colored splints.

It cost $3,000, but Steger can't contain her joy.

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