♥ ♥ ♥ Trooper Update ♥ ♥ ♥ 10/25/2014
We want to let everyone know that our Trooper has been adopted. This is the little kitten that was born with a ribcage deformity. His chest cavity was concave instead of convex. If this was not taken care of, his heart and lungs would have become more affected and he would not survive! Because of your generosity in donating to our “Molly & Hailey” Fund, Trooper had his operation to fix the defect. He spent weeks in a cast, but this boy is a fighter and he made it! A few weeks ago, he made it thru his last hurdle. He made it safely thru his neuter surgery and the vet cleared him for adoption.
During all of this, Trooper had been living with a wonderful foster family. After much discussion, the family decided that they couldn't give him up. Trooper will always have some health issues, and this family is well equipted to know what to look for. We decided this would be the purr-fect forever home for him and he was officially adopted 2 weeks ago.
We want to thank everyone who expressed an interest in adopting Trooper. It says a lot about our supporters when they are willing to adopt a cat with such special needs. And we want to thank all of you who followed his story on Facebook. If you haven't yet done so, .
We are sure we will have many photos to post in the future so that we can all see how Trooper is growing and thriving. And of course, we want to thank those of you who donated to the fund that allowed us to get this kitten the help he deserved. If you would love to adopt one of our cats or kittens, download and application from http://purrfectcatshelter.org/adoptionletter.html and an adoption counselor will get in touch with you.
♥ ♥ ♥ Trooper Update ♥ ♥ ♥ 9/28/2014
Well, another big step for Trooper! He had a visit to his Veterinarian for neuter this past week. The Dr. was extremely pleased with how much he has grown since his last visit. Trooper continues enjoy a great life in his foster home checking out all kinds of new things and playing like a kitten should. It's amazing how far he's progressed and it's all thanks to the care and dedication of his Veterinarian and Foster Home and the love and support from all of you. Our hope in the very near future is that he will be medically released to take the next BIG step of being adopted! Here are some new pictures of Trooper from his Foster Mom that we wanted to share.
♥ ♥ ♥ Trooper Update ♥ ♥ ♥ 8/17/2014
Our little Trooper continues to thrive and enjoy life at his foster home. He had a visit to the Veterinarian at the end of last month and although there was a very slight collapse of the sternum after the splint removal his Veterinarian decided not to re-splint Trooper because he is thriving, growing and his lungs were clear. At this visit he was able to get all his vaccines. All of this is good news for Trooper! Now, as you can see, he has really grown and his markings are really becoming prominent. Don't those eyes just melt your heart too? Such a playful, handsome boy! His foster mom continues to keep a watchful eye for any changes and up next for Trooper when he gets to the 6 month milestone will be his visit to be neutered. We greatly appreciate all the support and well wishes for Trooper. He continues his steady progress thanks to his fabulous foster family, Veterinarian and all his PCS friends.
♥ ♥ ♥ Trooper Update ♥ ♥ ♥ 7/13/2014
We know you've all been waiting for the next update on Trooper. Well here it is!
We are happy to report things are still going well and he continues to be a curious little a kitten and entertain his foster family. He's enjoying the company of the other cats in the home and as you can see here he's a big help when it comes to cleaning the bird cage! He's also been exploring a wonderful screened porch (with foster mom and dad right there of course) practicing his balance and just being so darn cute!! He continues to play, eat well and sleep like a kitten. Currently, he is still under the watchful eye of his foster mom and Veterinarian but it's encouraging to hear that he doesn't need to see the Veterinarian until the end of the month.
We continue to need your support through the “Molly & Hailey” Fund as he continues to be monitored. Thank you!
♥ ♥ ♥ Trooper Update ♥ ♥ ♥ 6/26/2014
Good news for Trooper! He is free from the splint! Trooper visited the Veterinarian on Tues to have the splint off. Things are going well although he did have to have a smaller wrap which was to keep a band aid in place where the suture material was. This was only for a couple of days. Today, 6/26/2014, he went again for a visit and is totally free of the wrap too! His foster mom told us once the splint was off, he quickly stopped walking like a "bulldog" and is now finally able to be a kitten. Just look at the mischief he's already getting into! We greatly appreciate all your support for Trooper and it will still be a while before he is able to move on to be adopted. We'll continue to give you updates as he continues his progress.
♥ ♥ ♥ Trooper Update ♥ ♥ ♥ 6/18/2014
Trooper had another check up yesterday and he is still doing really well. He'll have the splint on at least another week so, as you can see, the cast design for the week is zebra stripes. Why zebra stripes? Well, his foster mom made the choice because Trooper is unique, just like zebra stripes and snowflakes; there are never two the same! He's like no other foster kitten or cat she's ever had! Being of the animal species zebra stripes were most fitting for Trooper. His foster mom also tells us he's more active and playing with toys. He even runs around more and is going down stairs.
This little guy has gained about 1/2 pound in three weeks so, his appetite is good too!
All your good wishes, thoughts and donations to the “Molly & Hailey” Fund have gone a long way to help this kitten make progress every day. Thank you!!
♥ ♥ ♥ Trooper Update ♥ ♥ ♥ 6/9/2014
We want to update everyone on Trooper's progress in the last 10 days or so. He's had a couple of Vet visits and he is doing GREAT!! He had one cast change last week and as you can see he was transformed into "Super Trooper"! He had another check-up today and we are happy to report he is growing and is right on track. Check out his latest cast change - FLAMES!
Trooper is totally living up to his name and progress is coming along quite nicely. He has become much more accustomed to his splint and body cast and his foster Mom tells us he is very active and wants to be right where the action is. He's playful, eating like a "horse" and has figured out how to lay on his side to soak up a sunny spot and be able to get up by himself again.
Thank you everyone for your well wishes for this little guy. We need to keep it going. He's still got a long road ahead of him. Show Trooper your support by sharing his story. You can also support him in his recovery by donating to the “Molly & Hailey” Fund established in honor of two very special PCS cats. All donations to the “Molly & Hailey” Fund go to helping cats cared for by The Purr-fect Cat Shelter that need special medical care. Come on - let's show Trooper lots of love from his friends!
Kitten Trooper Needs Your Help!
A few months ago, The Purr-fect Cat Shelter took in 16 cats rescued by Animal Control, from a house that was deemed uninhabitable and consequently condemned by the Board of Health after the cats were removed. The cats were relatively friendly and social but none of the 16 cats were spayed, neutered or vaccinated. Once under PCS care they were examined by a Veterinarian, tested for feline leukemia and FIV, spayed or neutered and vaccinated then placed in foster care while waiting for space to become available at the shelter. It really wasn’t any surprise to us that 3 of the females were pregnant when rescued. One of the females, Nala, gave birth to 4 adorable kittens. Sadly, one did not make it but her mothering skills to the remaining 3 kittens were phenomenal. She is taking such good care of her babies Doddles , Pixie , and Trooper. All are weaned and shortly will be on their way to finding their new homes. All except one...
Here begins our story of Nala’s baby kitten, Trooper .
Trooper is a typical 8 week old kitten who loves to romp and play with his siblings, interact with his foster family, eat, sleep and do what kittens do best, be cute and lovable! Just recently Trooper’s foster mom, who is well experienced in kitten care, noticed something odd with his chest area that she had never felt before. Knowing something was amiss, Trooper was taken to the Veterinarian to be checked and the results of the examination concluded a congenital malformation of the sternum called Pectus Excavatum, also known as funnel chest”. This deformity causes a horizontal narrowing of the chest and if not treated with surgery Trooper’s heart and lungs will be compromised causing him to struggle to breathe and he would most likely live a short life. He needs our help! Now is the time to go forward with surgery while his rib bones and sternum are pliable enough so that they can be spread out to allow his lungs and heart to fit into his chest cavity as he grows. The surgery recommended to treat his condition is specialized and the recovery is lengthy. A cast with sutures around the sternum will work to pull the sternum away from the lungs and heart. The cast will stay in place for about 6 weeks with follow up visits to the Veterinarian to check on Trooper’s progress. Home care by his foster home will require him to be in a comfortable, stress-free environment with limited exercise, antibiotics and lots of love. All the pieces are together for the surgery to proceed on May 29th and recovery to begin right after.
We tell you Trooper’s story because we know you care about the homeless cats and kittens trying to find loving homes through The Purr-fect Cat Shelter. We need your help and want you to be part of Trooper’s fight for life. With your donation you will be instrumental in giving him a chance at living a normal cats life; growing up with a family to love him, perching in a window to watch nature, playing with his family or feline friend. Everything Nala, would want for her baby that she didn’t have growing up and living in the conditions she came from.
We are accepting donations to help with this surgery for Trooper through our “Molly & Hailey” Fund. This fund is used specifically for specialized surgeries so as not to take away from our general fund which pays for everyday necessities and medical care for the cats and kittens already waiting adoption. Please support Trooper with your donation to the Purr-fect Cat Shelter. All donations are tax deductible and can be sent to:
PCS "Molly & Hailey" Fund, P.O. Box 548, Medway, MA 02053.
We will update Trooper’s progress through our Facebook page and our website as often as possible once the surgery is complete. Thank you!