Rebirth of a kitten  

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M
479 posts
8/22/2005 6:41 am

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Rebirth of a kitten

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a foster kitten that died while in our care. She died because of our carelessness in passing her along to an inexperienced and irresponsible person to take care of while we were out of town for a few days.

Once you get fostering in your system, it's hard to get it out. We now have another foster kitten. And after what she's already been through, I think she's going to be just fine. She might even outlive us.

She's about three, maybe four weeks old. About this time last week, her mom had her and her siblings under someone's house when she decided, by whatever reasoning momma cats use, to move them. This one got her leg stuck when momma cat tried to move her. The owners of the house heard screaming and went to investigate. They removed whatever obstacle was in the way and got the kitten free. However, by that time, the kitten's leg was seriously damaged. The homeowners passed her along to a friend of ours who is even more seriously into fostering cats than we are.

The first vet wanted to put the kitten to sleep. The second one agreed to do an amputation. Our friend went with the second vet. Smart move.

The kitten is now with us. She has a stump and some stitches where her right rear leg used to be.

She came to us named Shay, but we didn't care for that. We've renamed her Bethany, after Bethany Hamilton, the teenaged professional surfer who lost her arm to a shark attack two years ago--and still surfs professionally. And wins.

Bethany the kitten looks like a winner, too. She's as spunky as any kitten we've ever had. She doesn't take any crap from the older cats. Our youngest cat loves her like a sister. She's not quite as quick to walk as the other cats, but that's not all because of her leg. She's still very much a kitten. She gets up and down a small set of steps just fine.

She's teaching my son something about disabilities. I'm not sure what lessons he's learning yet, but I can tell he's learning something positive.

This is turning into a life-affirming experience for all of us.

Oh, and we won't be going out of town anytime soon. And if we do, Bethany's going with us.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
8/22/2005 4:21 pm

That person really is into cats.
And must have some spare change as well.
I can't resist calling her Stumpy, thoughOr like that old joke, "Lucky"

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

8/22/2005 6:00 pm

Oh, you don't know the half of it, jayR. Our friend has what used to be a guest house on her property, just a small house with one large room and a bathroom, that's nicer than some apartments I've lived in. She's taken all the furnishings out and turned it into a cattery. When we went to pick up Bethany, she showed it to me (the rest of the family was already familiar with it). She must have had 15 cats in there. All very happy cats, needless to say. And that doesn't count the ones that were in the main house. She had five there that I saw, not including Bethany, who was getting special attention in a back room.

She has donors who help her with expenses. It's sort of an informal network. We pitched in a small amount to help pay for the amputation. It wasn't as much as I would have expected.

All our cats get additional nicknames, and Stumpy has been bandied about more than once.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
8/23/2005 9:58 am

All she needs now is a friend called "Ren".

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

8/23/2005 1:20 pm

Ren and Stumpy! I love it! I'll definitely remember that for the next kitten.

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