If you’ve ever lived with a kitten, it hard not to imagine him or her running through the house like his or her tail is on fire, climbing about anything in their way. Kittens have this knack of being almost everywhere until they run out of gas and fall asleep until the next round.
That brings us to the case of Sergio. He’s a kitten that was part of a rescue on the North side of Chicago. When the call went out to rescue his mother and siblings, it turned out Sergio was very easy to catch because he has little use of his back legs. He was taken in by Purrs from the Heart.
“I took him to the vet immediately and it was discovered via radiograph that little Sergio was born without muscle mass and plenty of webbing within the bone area of the back legs,” says Sherry Przybylski of the rescue. “He also has deformed paws, all four. The two front paws are made up of one big toe and the back paws, well are more like little stubs. His tale was never fully formed, either.”
Sergio is about four months old, which in most homes would mean he’s a full steam ahead kitten. Because of his youth and his spunk, Purrs from the Heart is moving a head with surgical plans for the young kitten so he can hopefully live through that stage too.
“What the surgery will consist of is cutting the webbed part on each side and removing parts of it so muscle can form where it should,” adds Przybylski. “Then, he will need to go through therapy. The positive thing is, he was tested and he actually tried to pull his back leg away. So, he does have feeling in both of them! If this surgery does not work, he will be fitted for a wheelchair, but we will remain optimistic until we know otherwise.”
Here’s how you can help. A special fund has been set up to pay for surgery and treatments for Sergio. Purrs from the Heart is looking for donations to help out this special kitten and give him a chance at either being a normal cat or being a more mobile cat if the surgical procedure doesn’t work.
Time is of the essence since he is still a young kitten. Earlier this week it looked like Sergio's fund wouldn't reach its goal...then an anonymous donor gave $800. Once, the goal of $1,000 is reached, Sergio will get the procedure. You can go here to find out more and follow Purrs fro the Heart on Facebook. Also learn about their other special rescue of a blind kitten, which has since been adopted by reading this story.
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