On July 25th, LCHS was contacted by a concerned Samaritan who’d found a kitten on the side of the road after it had been hit by a car. The poor kitty was breathing heavy and bleeding from her nose. Her tail had been nearly amputated by the car, and she was clearly in pain. The woman who found her did not have a car, and she contacted several agencies, but none would come to her aid.
Desperate to save the dying kitten, she made a call to LCHS. Our Cat Coordinator, Deidre, raced to pick up the kitten and get her to Oakwood Animal Hospital. Deidre gently wrapped the kitten in a towel, and the kitten lay limp in her arms until they arrived at the vet clinic. There was very little hope that the kitten would make it, but then Ninja Kitty earned her name. Ninja Kitty’s adrenaline and will to live kicked in. She leaped out of Deidre’s arms, scared and seeking her opportunity to run and hide. Luckily, she was quickly caught and brought inside to be evaluated.
Somehow, Ninja Kitty had avoided any major life threatening injuries. Radiographs showed no broken bones. Her tail was hanging on by a single tendon, so the vet staff quickly amputated it to prevent any further injuries or infection. Poor Ninja Kitty was terrified, she had likely never been handled by humans before. She didn’t understand that she had been saved.
As the days passed and Ninja Kitty became more comfortable in her foster home, it was made apparent that her right front leg didn’t have any feeling. Further radiographs showed nerve damage, but the vet staff was hopeful that feeling would return. Unfortunately, after weeks of therapy and care in her foster home, feeling in Ninja Kitty’s front leg did not return. It takes additional effort for Ninja Kitty to drag her front leg around. The leg is slowing her down, and she’s at risk of getting it stuck when she “kittens” around the house: running, playing, and climbing.
Happily, Ninja Kitty is no longer the scared, unsocialized kitten we first saved. After several weeks with her loving foster, she is a talkative, purr ball of a kitten. She begs to be held, revels in kisses and attention, rolls over for belly rubs, meows for treats, and even tries to play with the dogs in the house (ranging in size from 10 lbs to 100lbs). Her foster had to give her a stuffed animal to cuddle when she can’t hold Ninja Kitty, she’s just that cuddly.
With just a little TLC, Ninja Kitty has transformed into a loving, sweet, affectionate, and soon to be healthy kitten. She was more than worthy of being saved, and as lucky as she was to survive the accident, whoever gets to adopt Ninja Kitty will be even luckier to call her their own.
Ninja Kitty went in for surgery this week to amputate her leg, and her vet bills are mounting. With the generosity of our donors, we’re able to save animals like Ninja Kitty that otherwise may not be so lucky. Please consider donating to help this tiny but mighty kitten.