“Every rescue is a story”. It is difficult and frustrating to try to reconstruct the history of even a young cat like this 6 month old Bengal. What happened during those 6 months? Here is what I know of his story.
Captain was found way up a redwood tree by a cat lover who fed a large number of cat colonies. The “colony” near Captain’s tree consisted of one old cat this woman fed everyday. The world is full of unsung heroes and heroines that help kitties. Captain was way up above the extension ladder that was brought to try to get him down. Clever boy, he turned around putting his rear downward and clawed himself down step by step to the ladder. This woman had found two other Bengals in this location- one several months ago and one three weeks earlier. The foster mom of the earliest found Bengal is in love with him and is keeping him. I have the second Bengal, a lovely girl, Cleo, who might be Captain’s sister, and she will be posted later. And then there is this appealing young boy kitten. He is everything Bengal in beauty and activity. What was he doing up a redwood tree, crying?
Literally a half hour after he was brought to me I was at the Emergency Vet Hospital with him. His right front foot did not look right, was it broken?. These two kitties came from another rescue who did not want to be adopting out Bengals (they are difficult). I think perhaps they didn’t notice his foot problem since he was in a cage. Captain is very active and his right foot does not usually seem to bother him but in certain positions the injury there is obvious. The x-ray at the hospital did not show a clear situation. I was told by the Emergency Vet it was not a new injury and did not seem to be painful for him.
I was referred to the Bone Surgeon Specialist and two days later, after careful observation and extensive palpitations of both front feet, (to compare them) that vet said she also thought his right foot was not painful for him. She thought he had broken it a while ago right at the top of the long thin metacarpals where they joined his wrist at his paw. It had healed but not exactly perfectly inline. His tendons on one side of his foot had been stretched and on the other side, contracted. She felt there was nothing to be done. He was super active with it and not in pain. It is never advisable, she said, to perform surgery on growing young bones. So there was nothing to do. Maybe when he is fully grown he could be examined again. I am told surgeries on tendon connections (to even up opposing sides of a foot) are fairly common and quite successful.
Captain eats wet and dry and raw food and is litterbox perfect.
His foster mom is Harriet in Santa Cruz.
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