It is a miracle that darling Tippy is still alive. Animal Control in a rural Virginia county was called by a couple who spotted her desperately crawling with her two front legs near a store dumpster where a feral cat colony and several dumped pet cats lived. Tippy had been hit by a car. She was emaciated, dehydrated, in extreme pain, and near death. Upon being x-rayed, the vet could see that Tippy had been trying to eat parking lot gravel to survive. The rural shelter could not provide the extended and personal care to allow her to recover successfully from her wounds - that's when PAW stepped in. Tippy's right rear leg required amputation and she had to have 8 broken teeth pulled. Her broken pelvis healed on its own.
After 8 weeks of loving care and attention, Tippy is practically a new cat! The vet says that she is an approximately two-year-old spayed female. She is able to eat both wet and dry cat food just fine and has "filled out" to a normal weight. Tippy was obviously someone's pet at one time - She loves people and enjoys being petted and having her ears scratched while laying on the couch and "watching" TV. She has learned to go up and down stairs on her three legs and does just fine getting around although she cannot jump (she is smart enough to walk along walls for support)! Tippy tested negative for FIV and Feline Leukemia and has been fully vaccinated. The vet says that her new owner will need to periodically check her remaining teeth and perhaps have them cleaned yearly, due to the trauma she suffered, but she is otherwise completely healthy.
Because Tippy feels vulnerable, due to her missing leg, she is intimidated by large dogs and small dogs who are active. She would do best as an only pet or in a household with an older kitty friend who will be nice to her.
If you would be interested in meeting this sweet and tenacious kitty, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printed May 22, 2013
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