If you are into miracle surviving stories, you are going to love this one because it has to be one of the best. Not every day you read about a two-legged kitten that spent almost 9 weeks fighting for his life in the woods and slowly starving to death, recovering the way Cassidy has done.
He was born into a feral colony and found in the forests of British Columbia. A property owner spotted him and his brother and contacted the Tiny Kittens rescue center, and then he spent two days trying to capture them until he finally managed using an improvised box trap.
It is believed Cassidy lost his back legs shortly after birth and he was unable to find food and water on his own. Somehow he dragged around but he was slowly starving to death. His brother Topper helped him find food and he kept him warm. The bond was probably so strong that Topper stayed on his side until they were both rescued.
It was beginning of September when they were both brought to the Tiny Kittens rescue center. They were both covered in fleas and underweight, but Topper just slightly while Cassidy was critically emaciated (he weighed less than 500 grams). Besides that, he had a terrible septic E. coli infection in both stumps. Most veterinary clinics would have euthanized him, but Shelly Roche from the rescue center thought if he had gone that far, he was meant to survive:
“We don’t know how he possibly managed to survive for 9 weeks without back legs, but his little body wouldn’t have lasted more than a day or two longer. Both of his stumps were badly infected, and he was nearly starved to death. The prognosis was grim initially, but he’s a little fighter and is slowly showing all of us just how badly he wants to live!“
At the beginning he needed a lot of meds and fluids, he had to be syringe-fed every few hours and Roche even learned to manually express his bladder because he was unable to pee on his own. Now he successfully uses a litter box especially designed for him.
They set up a live stream on Cassidy on their website and got a huge impact. People donated supplies, funds and he even got three wheelchairs: one was donated by a fan, another one was a 3D-printed wheelchair developed by two students and another one was made by Handicapped Pets Canada, which grows as his body becomes larger. However they are still aiming to get him implants or prosthetics and they have tried everything even thought prosthetic experts have practically given up. In this matter his future is still uncertain.
Nevertheless, Cassidy has defied all odds against him. Two weeks after he was rescued he started playing with his brother, although it had to be a controlled and supervised play. Topper always seemed happy to be able to spend time with Cassidy; he acted like a protective older brother.
A month after they were both rescued, Topper found his forever home and left Tiny Kittens. Cassidy still waits for a committed person willing to give him the care he needs. But he has to get stronger first. We hope he will find a very loving home.
According to Shelley Roche, “with each passing day, our Cassidy is showing the world just how remarkable he is, and that even the most broken “throwaway” feral kitten still deserves a chance to know happiness and love”.