From Lindas point of view

Whinnybank Cat Sanctuary was asked to help at a farm with sick cats and also to get the healthy female neutered, a process which took a few weeks. After a few months had passed we thought we would do a check on how the cats were doing only to find a lovely tortie cat with a very badly damage leg and damaged eye.

As we thought that we had treated all the cats at the farm we asked where she came from – we were told that she had been dumped a month ago. We could not believe that they hadn’t contacted us to let us know, instead they just left her in a lot of pain. We could not get near her at first but then she just gave in as she was so very weak and we rushed her to our vets. The vet gave her a pain killer straight away and kept her in overnight. The next day she was tested for feline aids and leukaemia  – when the tests came back clear the decision was made to remove the front leg first as it was totally crushed from the joint at the top of the leg to the foot with all kinds of dirt and debris in the leg itself. KT also had a chest infection, which made the operation very dangerous and because she was so weak the removal of her damaged eye was left for another time. After the operation on her leg she was cared for by one of our fosterers who had lots of TLC to give.

Because KT was a feral farm cat she hid under the bed for three weeks.

The time for the operation to remove her eye arrived but as she was still suffering with a chest infection the operation had to be put on hold it was too dangerous to operate. Eventually she got over the chest infection and operation day arrived again – only to find out that she had gone into season, resulting in the operation being put on hold for another three weeks! She was prescribed painkillers and, obviously because she was not in so much pain, she started to become a bit more placid. To the fosterer’s delight, she stared to come out from under the bed! At last the day arrived when KT finally had her damaged eye removed, which was followed by more recovery time with the fosterer. The fosterer spent so much time with her that when it came time to home her she decided to keep her as she thought that a move would be just too stressful for KT and that KT had already been through far too much in her relatively short life so far. KT had, by this time, not only bonded with her fosterer but also with the man of the house.

KT has became the most loving cat you could get but she is, quite understandably, very wary of trusting anyone other than her carers. She also has a playmate – the other cat of the house daisy.

KT’s story from her point of view

Hi, I’m KT and I’m happy to say that I’ve got a lovely home after a really terrible time. I was living on a farm with some very painful injuries – a crushed front leg and an eye so badly damaged that it needed to be removed. However, the people who ran the farm had decided not to take me to
a vets so I was suffering a lot of pain and was also feeling very frightened. One day some people from Whinnybank Cat Sanctuary came to rescue
me, although at the time I wasn’t sure what they were up to and, quite understandably was very scared and confused. I tried to run away from them but in the end I was so tired and weak that I just gave in and let them take me away. They took me to see another lady called ‘the vet’ who gave me an injection to take the pain away and put me in a cosy bed. The other people went away and I slept at the vets that night. Next day they did some tests on me which, I’m rather pleased to say, I passed with flying colours – I don’t have feline aids or leukaemia. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next but it turned out that my front leg, which was crushed flat from the top joint right down to my paw and had lots of dirt and debris in it, all of a sudden went away. It was rather strange at first only having three legs but I got used to it really quickly and now I love charging around the garden!

Apparently I had a chest infection, which made the operation very dangerous so they couldn’t take my eye out at that time which was a shame because it was causing me a lot of distress. I then went to live with a lady called a ‘fosterer’ who said she was going to give me lots of TLC. Well, being a feral farm cat, it was a very strange experience going to live in a house so I thought I’d better hide under the bed for the next three weeks so that I could make sure I was in a safe place. The vet still wanted to remove my eye but I still had a chest infection so the operation was delayed.
Eventually the day came when my chest was feeling much better and it was time to remove my eye but unfortunately I had gone into season so the
operation was delayed for another three weeks. I was given something to take the pain away by the vet and, probably because I wasn’t in so much pain I decided to venture out from under the bed and made friends with the lady looking after me.
At last I was well enough to have my damaged eye removed – and the best of it was that I went back to the fosterers house for some more TLC. I worked hard to make friends with the fosterer and the man of the house too – and even started to get on with Daisy, the other cat who lives there. I was supposed to be put on the Cat Chat website for rehoming but being such a lovely cat, and having been through so much pain and stress I wasn’t looking forward to the prospect of having to hide under a bed again in a strange house.

Imagine what a lovely surprise it was to learn that the fosterer and her husband had decided to keep me because they didn’t want to put me though any more stress! I am so grateful that instead of being a frightened feral cat I am now the most loving cat you could meet. I save all my love for my new owners though – I’m not about to trust anyone else in a hurry. I didn’t get on too well with Daisy at first but now we keep each other company and sometimes I even chase her tail before climbing the dwarf apple tree in the garden – losing a leg and an eye doesn’t mean I can’t still have some fun!!