Patti is a very sweet, wonderful 3 month old kitten girl. She was born with a congenital spinal defect that causes her to be incontinent. I hate writing those words because I know they pretty much guarantee you will stop reading and move on with your day. But Patti deserves love and affection like any other kitten, and she hopes you won’t click away or pass over her story of courage.
Patti was found on the side of the road in Cedar Park, alone, with no mom cat or siblings, at only 4wks of age. She was underweight and obviously had been abandoned for some time. The person that found her brought her to TLAC where she was going to be euthanised unless APA could save her. APA’s bottle baby program stepped in and saved her life.
It was immediately discovered that something was wrong with Patti – she was dragging her right leg. Throughout the next weeks Patti would sometimes drag her legs, or do a cute little “bunny hop” to move around, but her rear end was definitely weak/damaged. X-rays were done and we found that she has a congenital defect that causes hind-end weakness and an inability to hold her stool or urine.
Despite her condition Patti is a happy, healthy kitten. She plays, loves the company of people, is sweet, friendly, gentle and affectionate. She has an upbeat disposition and doesn’t let her handicap get her down. She loves children and other cats. She has a great personality, is well-behaved, brave, takes all of this all in stride, and still plays like a happy, confident kitten! Patti is not in the least bit shy. She entertains herself by hopping around like a bunny with her toys, but prefers to play with other cats or people.
Patti’s foster can’t keep her any longer, so we need a long-term foster that can care for her until we find her forever home. The medical team is working to firm up her stool some (its a little soft) so she can wear diapers to minimize mess. Currently her foster uses puppy pee pads and wet wipes to keep her clean as well as regular bathing (she loves to play in the tub :), and makes sure she is in a confined area (a large dog crate works best) when they aren’t home.
Patti is the perfect example of the kind of animal most people say “no way, I can’t handle that”, but that APA says “yes we can save her life!” Please help us continue saving special-needs animals like Patti by stepping forward to foster or adopt her today.