RESCUERS PLUCK AN ORPHANED KITTEN WAS PLUCKED FROM THE STREETS ONLY TO FIND HE SUFFERS FROM A SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEM.
After his rescue the orphaned kitten found himself at the Community Cat Club, South Jersey, waiting for a foster home. First, though, came his intake exam with the vet where they discovered a serious congenital problem!
He had been born with a pectus excavatum, which is a malformation of the sternum and rib cage. This meant he had a serious problem breathing. The founder of Community Cat Club, took the tiny boy in so he could be closely monitored and the best course of treatment found.
Despite his difficulties, Leroy refused to let his condition slow him down. He was still a kitten and he was determined to act like one.
“You wouldn’t even know something was wrong with him,” said Sara.
After a consultation with a specialist, it was decided the best course of action was urgently needed surgery.
“Many times this condition is not life threatening and does not always need surgery, but Leroy’s condition was so severe. It was affecting his breathing and his heart was being pinned to one side of his chest,” Sara said.
At just five weeks of age, only weighing one pound, Leroy went in for what would hopefully be life-saving surgery. Somehow, despite the odds stacked against him he pulled through and immediately started purring!
Leroy needed to wear a chest plate after the operation, and Sara turned colorful socks into tube vests that the tiny feline absolutely rocked!
Gradually he began to heal, and his ribs slowly grew into the shape that they needed to be.
As he healed another kitten, named Poppy, arrived who was also a singleton. She was soon introduced to Leroy.
The tiny duo hit it off right off the bat and ceased their lives as orphans. Poppy seemed to know Leroy needed care and showered him with lots of snuggles and cuddles.
“They were obsessed with each other. He never let anything get him down. He always loved to play with Poppy and just had fun and cuddled.”
“Leroy ended up having to go under anesthesia again to repair his chest and continue wearing the chest plate. He was totally unbothered by everything.”
Totally unphased by what was going on Leroy continued to blossom with Poppy by his side, cheering him on.
“After two surgeries and 12 weeks with a chest plate on, Leroy finally got it off and looked like a whole new grown man,” Sara said.
“His vet said he may not ever be 100% normal but his chest looks great. He’s a fighter and just all-around amazing.”
Shortly after the good news, Leroy and Poppy moved into their forever home as siblings.
“I woke up (the next) morning with Leroy curled up in a ball on my pillow, and my sister woke up to Poppy sleeping right next to her. I had to pinch myself to make sure this was all real,” their new family said.
Side by side the dynamic duo continued to thrive, spending their days watching Bird TV while soaking up the rays.
They always keep a close eye on their humans, insisting on helping in the office during the day, and keeping them company through the night.
“That’s what fostering is about. Getting them through that vulnerable time so they can go on and live amazing lives and make another family incredibly happy,” Sara shared.
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