Three-legged Buunyan

Lately ARK has had an unprecedented rush of cats. The ARK clinic is like a kitten mansion. For days we’ve not had time for our usual medical duties.

Every year around this time, we have a succession of consultations about accepting kittens. It’s impossible for us to take them all, so we give people advice instead, but there’s been a series of situations in which we were forced to accept the kittens. The cases that trouble us the most are when people say, “When I fed her, she stayed, and then she had kittens. I feel sorry for her, so please help.” If they really want to help those cats, they should make them local/commonly-owned cats and cooperate with others nearby to take care of them, or adopt them as their own and keep them inside. And of course get them spayed. If you can’t take that much responsibility, you shouldn’t feed them. Not getting them spayed and instead just giving them food will only result in unhappiness and unwanted kittens.

Of the many cases we see, there are some where we have no choice but to accept the kittens, and one of these is Buunyan. Buunyan was found tangled in the net in a tennis court. Her life was saved, but her hind leg was broken.

Because she was a growing kitten, we decided not to put on a cast, but to keep her in an enclosed space to reduce her movement and wait for her leg to heal; however, you can see the results in this photo. Ultimately, her leg was amputated. The broken leg became necrotic and had to be removed. Right now she still has stitches, but there’s no swelling or bleeding and her progress has been good.

Actually, at first we considered having Buunyan euthanized.

She was a seriously injured kitten who had tested positive for FIV, and for her broken leg to heal, she needed to rest in an enclosed space. She had to be placed in an environment where she couldn’t move for a month during a period that is normally one of physical and mental development for a cat. It was necessary for the treatment of her leg, but we feared it would interfere with the development of the rest of her body and her mind. We were also worried about whether she had the strength to withstand the treatment. The effects could have stayed with her even after she was fully grown, making her unappealing to adopters and potentially meaning she might have to stay at ARK for her whole life. Even if the treatment of her leg went well right now, her future cannot exactly be called bright, so we had to take the worst-case scenario into account while choosing our path.

When we decided to bet on the “luck” that this feline life carried, treatment began. For Buunyan, it was a matter of life and death. We had a flicker of regret when her leg became necrotic, thinking we had made the wrong decision and put her in a painful situation. But we chose to amputate it and bet on her making a good recovery. In kittens, FIV is transmitted from the mother, but sometimes they test negative later on, so we also took a chance with that.

With Midori, we decided not to amputate the leg. Both she and Buunyan had FIV. Now she’s living as a sponsored cat, but if possible we’d like her to be adopted.

Poor Buunyan lost a hind leg, but she seems to have a special power that other cats don’t have. She has awesome recuperative powers and an adorable, friendly nature. There are lots of other kittens, but everyone is attracted to Buunyan. We believe that with this special power, she can overcome her handicap and find an adopter very soon.

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