It's been a long, hard journey for this now 7-month-old kitten. For those of you not familiar with her story, here is a quick recap:
On June 4, 2013 little Hope, just 5-6 weeks old at the time, was found in the middle of the road having been hit by a car. She was trying desperately to get out of the road, but the car had shattered her pelvis leaving her unable to walk. Two young women found her army-crawling, trying to drag her broken body out of the street. She was brought to us, awake, painful, and terrified. Our doctors evaluated her and determined that due to her broken pelvis she needed a procedure called a Femoral Head Osteotomy. The procedure involved removing the head of the femur and creating a new hip joint so Hope could walk. While the procedure was very successful, little Hope still had a lot of healing to do. We used veterinary laser therapy to help her heal and relieve her pain. Her pelvis was still crooked, and likely would be for life due to the severity of the trauma, but she was walking on her own the day after the procedure! She stayed with us for several months while we used range of motion exercises and laser therapy to help her heal, regain strength in her hind end, and relieve her pain. She grew stronger with each passing day, and soon she was free to roam the hospital with the rest of our cats.
Now, that you know how the story began, fast forward to mid-October 2013. Hope is now 7 months old and doing remarkably well considering all that she has been through. She has been spayed, vaccinated, and socialized. She developed quite the relationship with Casper, one of our hospital cats. He took care of her like she was his baby and she adored him. Hope was as normal a cat as could be expected given her situation. Her pelvis was still crooked, which could lead to problems down the road. It is very likely that she will develop arthritis in her pelvis, hips, and hind legs. It is also possible that she may need more surgeries in the future.
All of these issues made finding a forever-home for Hope very difficult. We discussed keeping her as a hospital cat, but it was decided that she would be happier in a home of her own. Dr. Dusza introduced Hope to one of our clients who has the patience and ability to cope with her challenges. They took to each other right away! They adopted Hope on October 16, 2013 and took her home to meet her new feline sister. The two cats get along very well! While we miss having Hope around the hospital, she deserves to have a family of her own and we were lucky enough to find just the right people for the job.
|Remember me? Now I'm all grown up with a family of my own!||Every move you make, every step you take, we'll be watching! (Hope and her new feline sister stand watch.)|