I have just adopted another kitty. Her name is Annie. (more on her name later) We have an animal menagerie - a revolving door of rehab critters and the residents: 2 horses, 3 dogs and two cats; Sophie the Queen – a Himalayan Ragdoll and Pica the Kid – found as an emaciated kitten hiding in the bushes at a 7-ll store. Three weeks ago, I had taken Pica to get her dates cancelled (aka spaying). The Vet is a good friend and we work together with rescue and release for small mammals and birds. We were in the back clinic and I saw a cat with an elaborate piece of wirework on her leg. It was a terrible story… Annie had been attacked by two pit bulls. Her leg was broken in three places and she was mauled badly. I guess the dogs were really out of control as police officers were called to the scene. Both dogs were so aggressive, that one was killed immediately. Annie was alive, barely, so the County took her to the closest vet – mine – to be humanely euthanized. The staff carefully cradled her as they examined her wounds and she responded by purring and snuggling deeper in their hands. Dr Monica decided that she would do everything possible to save her – she was just too precious to euthanize without trying.
The elaborate metal sculpture was pins holding her leg together. All of her internal and external puncture wounds and rips had healed – that was a miracle in itself. And the pins had done the job in keeping her leg together. Annie was almost ready for a new home – but one where she could be monitored closely. Monica knew I couldn’t resist. And…well --- what is one more cat? After all – just another litter box to scoop. My granddaughter, Abby, was with me and she had already fallen in love—it was mutual. We chose the name “Annie” due to the endless rounds of anesthesia she had had to endure for surgeries.
Last week, the main pin was removed and I could bring Annie home to meet the rest of the family. She and Pica are about the same age and became immediate playmates. Sophie doesn’t like her much yet, and my mini schnauzer, Ginny, hates all 3 of them. But they all co-exist and tolerate each other. The rest of Annie’s pins will come out in 2 weeks. She will always have a limp but she is alive and a happy kitty!