A Lost Leg Won’t Break Pretzel’s Spirit

I like to highlight special needs cats so that you humans can learn that we do have challenges normal cats don’t face.  But regardless of they are diabetic cats like me or cats with more challenging issues, one thing we have for sure is spirit.

That’s the case with Pretzel, who is also known as the Little Kitty Who CouldPretzel was born blind and with twisted back legs.  She was likely born to a feral cat who was suffering from distemper, and this may be what caused the birth defects.

Pretzel's challenges make a diabetic cat's look easyShe found a human who was willing to take her in and deal with all of these issues.  Pretzel had surgery on her right rear leg and things looked good, but then she got sick.  This sickness seemed to have caused the blood flow in her rear right leg to stop and the poor girl, who had been through so much already, had to give up the leg.

The surgery to remove Pretzel’s right rear leg took place on April 11.  Fortunately for Pretzel, the surgery went well.  Remember how I told you she hasn’t lost any of her spirit?  Well, this is definitely true because there was no recovery period for this girl.  Once the drugs wore off, she hopped up and started acting like she owned the animal hospital!

Pretzel returned home and quickly became the same spunky, spirited girl she was with all four legs.  She even started helping her humans make their bed again.

She’s facing the challenge of getting used to moving around on three legs instead of four.  Pretzel does fall on her face more than her human would like, but that’s nothing after all she’s been through.

This diabetic cat has nothing on Pretzel.  But if she can be a wonderful and loving cat for the right human — just listen to that purr — there’s no reason a special needs cat won’t be a great pet for you!

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2 Replies to “A Lost Leg Won’t Break Pretzel’s Spirit”

  1. Pretzel, you are one cool kitty!

    I knew a tripod when I lived down on Long Beach Island. A neighbor kitty who thought everyone in the neighborhood was his family. TJ had been hit by a car, but the vet was able to save him. Just that his right rear leg had to go, just like Pretzel. He got around fine! ran and jumped. One day I was outside and he came over for a scritch. But that as interrupted by a grasshopper, which he promptly chased and caught with this amazing flying leap!

    TJ would also met me on the way home from my job, specially at night during the summer. I’d be walking along and I’d hear running in the stones. We’d hit a side street and out would pop TJ! Giving me an escort home.

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