On the Mend, Three Kittens Surrendered with Broken Legs
July 28, 2011

By: Sheri

At Nevins we gets many many medical cases each year. As you may be aware the MSPCA gets no government funding, so how do we help these animals needing medical care? We can help through donations to our Angel for Animals fund.  Please read their stories and consider making a donation today.  Every dollar in our Angel for Animals fund truly is a life changing one for an animal needing medical care. 

Angel for Animals Fund

We are currently in kitten season at the MSPCA and while we get kittens almost every day at the shelter what we didn't expect is to get 3 kittens within weeks of each other that all had broken legs that needed mending. Dominic, Quinn, and Martha. Three fabulous foster homes took them in and here are their inspiring stories out of foster.

Dominic is an adorable 3-month-old kitten that came to us when someone spotted him out their 4th story window hanging onto a branch in a tree.  When the finder was able to coax the kitten down he noticed that the kitten had something wrong with his left back leg.  Dominic was brought into us and on intake our vet team determined that the left back leg was indeed broken.  He leg was put into a wrap and he was sent into foster care with a staff member Michelle for some R and R.  In foster Michelle had her hands full trying to keep him calm and getting him to indeed relax. Being a kitten and being confined to cage rest was not an easy task. Dominic is a ball of energy and would do best in a home with a family who is willing to spend tons of time with him and spoil him rotten.

Good news: Dominic went home on 7/29!

From Quinn's foster family:
      

 I would love to tell the story of 'the Mighty Quinn'! He is such a strong kitten in spirit and body.

I came to the shelter on June 10th for Foster Friday. That night, I took home 4 new babies to foster. They were 6-7 weeks old and all were well but Quinn. He was holding up his right arm and in a lot of pain. He was brought to the shelter that way.I had pain meds for him from the shelter staff and took him to the vet the next morning. They confirmed his right arm was broken near his shoulder. (A bad break by all standards.) They mentioned surgery for an option if it did not heal. He was splinted that day with a bandage all around his back and all the way down his leg to cover the paw. He was given pain meds to last one week while he was on total (very small) cage rest for two weeks. This was easier for him with meds, truly.

 I carried Quinn like a baby to keep his brain stimulated, as he could not run around.  He was sch a little sweetie, so cute and tolerant of all my fussing and his obvious boredom. I took him everywhere with me.  He was extremely easy even with his circumstances.  A calm kitten for sure. The next visit to the vet and bandage redo was at the 2-week time frame. His cast was made bigger this time with a little room to grow. He adjusted to it within the day to get around. Thankfully the vet said I could graduate him to a larger cage. He was so good and never complained.  The x-ray this time was hopeful that he would not need surgery. He was healing. Very exciting!

He still lets me carry him around like a baby. He wants to play and run with his brothers. It was sad to not allow him to have that interaction. When I let him eat with them he was always ready to run and have some fun. He was extremely friendly and loving. After the fourth week of cage rest we went back to the vet for another bandage change and x-ray. He was doing great! Again, he was fitted with a larger cast/bandage with room to grow. The best news was that he was OFF cage rest!  I was so happy for him. He adjusted to the awkward new cast on his leg and could get around very well with it. He was not speedy yet but happy to be free by the looks of his playing and warmth towards everyone.
Quinn amazed me with his skills at the litter box and incredible flexibility with his brothers. Two of his brothers had been adopted at Foster

Friday before his cast came off.  He was only playing with his brother Taken by the end of his recovery.
Finally we came to the end of his 6th week. He had his cast removed and was re-xrayed. His arm was all set and healed beautifully! His poor leg looked like a stick next to his now very muscular left arm.  His skin was raw around his chest and some of his leg because of the bandage changes. He still did not skip a beat and went right into his own therapy of gingerly putting down his little leg to try and walk on it.
It has been a week now and Quinn is better everyday. His leg is looking good and his hair is growing back.
I do no know what would have happened to him if the MSPCA hadn't taken on his care.
All the cats and kittens I foster constantly amaze me.  They have such a strong will to be well and live.

-Kathi


From Martha's foster family.

On June 5th, we received a call from the Foster Administrator, asking us if we would be interested in fostering a two-month old kitten that had suffered a broken leg.
We had never fostered a kitten with this type of problem, and we thought it would be great to help one recover.  We did not anticipate, however, the total joy and pleasure that we would get from this experience!

When we got Martha, she was afraid and she trembled whenever either of us picked her up.  Within a few days, and after much socializing, we saw a total transformation in her behavior.  Her innate playfulness, much as you would expect from a kitten, began to come through.   She was very active, considering the limitations placed on her, due to the cast on her right front paw.  She proceeded to swat us, first with her good paw, and then with both!
Two weeks ago, we were pleased to see that her cast was removed.  Her ambulatory nature was now unrestricted, and she appeared to be a normal healthy kitten.  We were instructed to provide cage rest for 2 weeks, and soon after that we allowed her to cavort in a confined area.  I think that, at this point, she was almost as happy as we were to see her run and play.

Ruth Ann and I want to acknowledge the MSPCA fostering staff for their care and guidance to us.  We were previously inexperienced in this type of foster care, and MarthaÕs recovery would not have been as expedient without their mentoring.  We also want to express our appreciation and gratitude to the medical staff for prescribing treatment and providing care for Martha.  
We were very pleased to learn of her adoption, and we were also not surprised at all that it came so quickly!   
Thank you very much!

-Ruth Ann & George

Good news: Martha has since been adopted!

Each medical case that we get in at Nevins farm we are able to help through donations to our Angel for Animals fund. Currently this fund has been greatly depleted over the summer. We are asking our supporters to please consider making a donation to this fund so that we will be able to continue to help cases like Dominic, Quinn, and Martha.