Hi there! My name is Theodore and I am a seven-month-old kitty. I was found as a stray in mid-September 2009 and brought to the OHS by a kind Ottawa resident who noticed I was having some trouble using one of my legs. The person who found me was so intent on trying to help me reunite with my family that they put up poster in my neighbourhood, advertising that I was lost. And guess what? It worked!
Unfortunately, when my owners found me and took me to a vet, they realized were unable to afford the medical bills needed to fix my leg. So they decided to surrender me to the OHS in an effort to help me. While waiting to be assessed for treatment I developed an upper-respiratory infection (URI). It’s kind of like a cat cold, but way more serious — especially for a young cat like me! The OHS staff took great care of me though, giving me medicine and helping me get better as quickly as possible so that my leg could be taken care of.
Once I was well enough to make it to the clinic, the veterinary explained to me that they had decided to do X-rays on my leg while I was under anesthetic to be neutered. They discovered that I had broken my hip and fractured my distal femur. The vet told me that that’s just a fancy way of saying that I had also broken my knee. They decided that the best course of treatment would be to amputate my leg, since even with surgery it would likely not heal properly and I would adapt better to an amputation.
I was pretty scared to lose my leg, but it turns out the OHS staff were right! After my surgery, my leg healed very quickly, and it wasn’t long before I was jumping and playing just like before. I’m currently looking for my new forever home, but hopefully by the time you read this, I will already be curled up on my new owner’s lap!
UPDATE: Good news, I have been adopted and am loving my new forever home!
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