My grandson and his wife just adopted the sweetest kitten. He’s an ordinary grey kitten. There’s nothing really special about him, until you get to know his sweet purr-sonality and until you know the rest of his story.
Rip, named for the strong character in the series, Yellowstone, was apparently horribly abused. When he was found, presumably seconds after he was possibly dumped at a pumpkin patch, he was missing his two front paws and bleeding profusely. They figured he was about four-weeks old then. A kind-hearted woman took him in, worked for weeks with veterinarians to save his life and try to give him a chance at a normal life. They succeeded and Rip is a healthy, happy, precious kitten living in a loving home, with a loving great-grandmother (me) living across the street. As you can see in the pictures, he does now live without his two front paws. And he manages life meowvelously.
Animals are incredibly resilient, it seems, and can overcome a many different kinds of issues and challenges. Those kind souls who rescue cats are so very aware of this truth. We’ve all known and/or read about cats that survive and thrive although blind or deaf or missing limbs or a tail they once depended on for balance and communication. Some of them can still hunt and all of them are still capable of loving and being loved. I can tell you that Rip sure seems to be a trusting, playful, brave little soul who is loved to the moon and back.
Do you have a story of an equally wonderful other-abled cat?