This is Lucky, a 6-month-old Calico kitten. And like most young kittens, Lucky has some spunk and is a tad mischievous.
Lucky’s mom did the responsible thing and had her kitten spayed to prevent unnecessary litters of kittens. Lucky went through surgery well and everything was going great, until one night after her surgery, Lucky's mom couldn't find her. As she searched throughout the house looking for Lucky, she finally found her hiding under her son's bed; she was lifeless. When she got Lucky out from under the bed, she saw that Lucky had licked her spay incision open, and had a very large gaping wound exposed.
Veterinarians will tell you that pets have a post-surgical complication rate that’s higher than it is for humans. Why, you may ask: pets don’t want to slow down and rest after surgery unless we MAKE them. They also like to lick their wounds, and that can bring on infection. Unfortunately, it only takes a few seconds of chewing for a cat to undo stitches or damage the surgery site of the spay operation. If your cat does remove some of the stitches, please bring them to the vet as soon as possible.
Lucky's mom is a single mom who works hard to keep her pets healthy. She rushed Lucky to the vet to have emergency surgery to close up the incision, but was very worried about the cost. So she applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help with Lucky’s emergency visit. We were happy to help and are happy to report that Lucky has made a full recovery!
Fun Fact: Did you know that only one out of every 3,000 calico cats born is male. Calico cats are predominantly female because their coat coloring is linked to the X chromosome. Specifically, two X chromosomes are needed for a cat to have a tri-color coat. Males usually only have one X chromosome.
About Fur Kids Foundation
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% run by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money with events, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal or signing up to become a volunteer. You can see a list of those who support us on our Supporters page. Check out more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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The Fur Kids Foundation blog is written by board member and Founder Felicia. If you have ideas that you would like to see published in the blog such as concerns about pet-focused topics in the community or a funny story, please contact the Foundation. Enjoy!