The Story of Chris
By Carol Anne
The Chris story is a very heart rending
one, yet it shows the ability of a cat to
survive in the worst of circumstances,
and to adapt to his condition. He was
hit by a car or truck, don't know for
sure, but when I used to sit with him at
the shelter in the open window, the
noise of trucks going by used to upset
him. He must have dragged himself off
the road and hung around Morgan High
School, in Clinton, for a week before
someone called him in. He was hungry
One of our volunteers
(forgottenfelinesct.org) went and picked
him up and brought him to the
emergency vet. They figured he was
around 1 1/2 to 2 years old. His pelvis
was shattered leaving him with one
pretty much dead leg and one that
works a little. They weren't very
hopeful and said that after a few days
rest, if his bad leg wasn't much better
we should think about putting him down.
He had no control and still doesn't,
over his bladder or bowels, but back
then, he had bad diarrhea. The
volunteers did the best they could to
clean him up but he was continually
soiling himself and he had his
eliminations stuck to his now shaved
tail, legs etc. Some volunteers thought
he should have been put down right
away, but the women in charge, more
used to seeing hard cases, wanted to
give him a chance.
I saw him for the first time about five
days after he came in and he broke my
heart. After my first shift with him, I saw
how much time it was taking to care for
him and the strain that it was putting on
each shift, so I started coming in every
day to help out and give him some love.
After he was treated for worms a
second time, his diarrhea went away
and we all rejoiced at good solid ones.
I would sit with him for an hour or two,
bath and brush him, give him his meds,
put antibiotic cream on his scrapes, and
hold him so he could see out the
window. He had his own dog crate
alone in the conference room at the
shelter and I set up a system of pillows
and doggie training pads so that his
entire bedding didn't have to be
changed every time he peed. I was
always concerned that even with two
shelter shifts, and my visit in between,
that he would be lying on wet bedding.
After a couple weeks of visits I noticed
that he had another visitor in the
mornings and was relieved to think that
he had someone else keeping him
company and changing his pads; that
was Mimi. We corresponded via a
journal where we recorded his condition
and progress. Another month went by
and I finally met Mimi the day she
decided to take him home to care for.
She simply couldn't stand it anymore
that he might be wet over night and
made room for his crate in the windows
of her family room where he can watch,
at ground level, birds and chipmunks
visiting the bird feeder. She lets him
out as much as possible to play with
some of her cats who come to visit.
Chris is now very active and plays in
paper bags, with toy mice etc. and is
developing strong front leg and chest
muscles from pulling himself around.
Mimi is some sort of St. Frances in the
flesh; she has to constantly clean up
after him and give him mini baths to
keep him clean.
Lately we've had a glimmer of hope
when she saw him actually raise himself
up on his better back leg and take a
few steps in 'normal' cat position, but
then his bad leg falls back in front of his
good leg and trips him up. He also
sometimes tries to make his way to a
makeshift litter box lined with
newspapers, so he has some notion of
when he has to go.
We are hoping that his little treks in the
cart (eddieswheels.com) are re-training
him to have better posture and are
allowing him to use his better leg to the
point where it is strong enough so we
can maybe think about amputating the
bad one. The vet won't take the bad
leg unless he is certain he can make
use of the better leg. Several people at
the shelter have three legged cats that
do just fine.
Well, that's about it as of now. All I can
say is both Mimi and I saw his will to
survive and we are trying to give him
that chance with as normal a cat life as
possible. One look into his face and we
both saw it.
I will keep you up to date on his
Love and hugs to all humans and
content, happy, satisfied pesky, playful, teasing hungry and impatient
As a human, parent, guardian, and provider, it is your duty to learn these words.
|A special thanks to Glenda. Please visit: Cat Stuff
This is a story about courage,
determination, and the will to survive.
It is an example of the virtues that
nature gave all her creatures:
self-honesty, inner strength, moral
and spiritual character.
It's about never thinking of, or even
considering, pity, failure, or
surrender - or of abject selfish, self
centered, or self serving attitudes
The story also tells of the
compassion, generosity, and love
offered by Chris' friends.
There is a lot to be learned from the
examples given by Carol, Mimi, and
of course, Chris.
A big thanks to Forgotten Felines CT.
Read his eyes. He's not looking for pity, just a fair chance at life.
Quite the handsome young man.
|This would be a frightening contraption for anyone to climb into, but Chris is brave and
determined -- besides, he's surrounded with loving, caring, helpful hands.
|Here he is, willing to learn how to use his new mobility. It'll take some time, but from
what he has been through this far, with his fortitude, and some help from those that
love him, we have faith that he'll succeed just fine.
We might all learn a lesson from Chris!