Fourth of July cat finds independence despite disability
On Fourth of July, Sharon Meeks' “little boy” celebrated his fourth birthday. When the cat was born, Meeks wasn't sure he would live a month.
Friends told her to put him down, Meeks wrote in her Pet Tales submission letter. But she had faith in the kitten, who would overcome many physical challenges.
The determined kitty came into her life shortly after Meeks adopted a Manx cat she found abandoned at her brother's apartment complex. The cat was named “Miss T.”
“She was so tiny and young and had a smile as big as her face,” Meeks wrote. “No tail, jack rabbit back legs, big, round greenish-brown eyes.”
Meeks let the cat settle in for a few days, then took her to visit the vet, where Meeks was surprised to learn that she'd adopted a young mother-to-be.
A few weeks later, Miss T had three kittens, all with Manx characteristics. The two girls were gray striped and the fastest little curtain climbers in the county, Meeks wrote.
The boy kitten's coat was like a Russian blue.
“My little boy couldn't stand on his back legs,” Meeks wrote. He dragged his hind legs as he tried to walk.
Meeks was afraid Miss T would abandon her needy kitten but not so, she reports. Miss T became his nurse.
“She'd sit for hours licking his back legs and lower back, almost as though she was giving him a massage,” Meeks wrote. Miss T would force her kitten to stand and would lean against him to keep him upright.
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