This year AAS and APA saw an unbelievable number of kittens with panleuk, which is much like the canine parvovirus. Before Rudy was even old enough to walk, he was moved with his family into APA’s panleuk ward for treatment after showing signs of the virus. Sadly despite medical efforts, his siblings did not survive. However, Rudy did!
Rudy became the ward’s beloved brat. All the volunteers could not help but fall in love with Rudy and his mother, Ruby. As he grew and learned to walk, the APA vets noticed that he was not using his back leg as it was swollen. After an exam, it was concluded that it was broken and his ankle joint was infected. The action plan was a foster home, antibiotics, and a leg splint.
This did not go over well at first for the little squirt who time and time again gnawed and shook the splints off. He went through blue ones, white ones and even pink ones. The splint is now an accessory he accepts. He climbs on cat trees and furniture with no problem (or guilt). His cutest quirk is when he is scratched under his chin, he thumps his splinted leg like a happy dog.
You can always help save the next Rudy by donating today!