A lovely three-legged cat was living among a colony of stray cats on a housing estate in miserable conditions. This rescuer couple had planned to capture, neuter, and release all of the cats, but they weren’t expecting to find something else in this feral colony: love.
Continue reading to learn how a three-legged cat won a couple’s heart…
A woman in Hawaii was determined to save her community’s wild cats. She was determined to provide the cats with the medical attention they need, but she lacked the financial means to do so. She turned to Facebook and posted a need for assistance in the Catopia Hawaii group.
Inbreeding, mama cats desperately attempting to keep their babies alive, and a baby cat with only three legs and one eye were among the tragic facts she provided about the cats’ living situations. It was clear that these kitties were in pain.
Everything changed when Aimei and Bret Thompsett, a brave couple, learned of the sad news.
Bret, a cat rescuer in Oahu, Hawaii, stated, “I was thinking alright, here we go, pulling at my heartstrings.” Bret and Aimei had no idea that there would be many more shocks in store for them.
“The colony is in a pretty nasty part of town,” Bret stated. “Getting in is quite difficult.” Visitors are not permitted, and the environment is strictly regulated. As a result, there is security at the entrances.”
This would be classified as a top-secret TNR mission.”The only way I could get in was to pretend I was dropping something off as a Lyft or Uber driver.” Meanwhile, my automobile is littered with traps,” Bret chuckled. Despite being a “feral” cat society, Bret discovered that the cats were rather friendly, allowing him to easily catch them.
Bret and Aimei would subsequently discover from a vet that mild temperaments can be hereditary and that this does not necessarily imply that the cats were previously owned and discarded. The mom cat and her four kittens were the first to fall into the traps, allowing Bret to quickly sweep them up.
“Within five minutes of arrival, we had five cats.” “And it was set a trap, catch a cat, set a trap, catch a cat, set a trap, catch a cat, set a trap, catch a cat,” Bret recounted. It took a bit longer to catch one of the cats. She lacked a foot, had an infected eye and was harassed by the other cats.
Bret gave her the nickname Tootsie-No-Footsie, or Tootsie for short, because of her missing foot. Bret’s heartstrings were pulled a little tighter once Tootsie was ultimately saved.
Brett’s top-secret TNR expedition resulted in the capture of eight cats. They’d all be restored and vetted the next day. They’d then be taken to Bret’s house, where they’d recuperate for a day in their crate before being returned to the colony unless they were tame enough for adoption. Tootsie didn’t seem to enjoy her box, so Bret upgraded her to a large soft crate.
Tootsie seemed unconcerned about being touched as the containers were being moved. Bret was surprised to find out that she likes being a pet.
She proceeded to gently head bump Bret and pull his hand in for additional pets! “It turns out that Tootsie-no-Footsie is just incredible. “Not at all feral,” Bret said. It was time to return the cats to their colony, but Tootsie-no-Footsie was determined to stay. She would not be returning to the housing complex, despite the fact that she had not yet settled on her future residence.
It was time for a comprehensive check-up now that it had been decided that Tootsie would not be going back to the colony. Tootsie could need surgery to balance her legs and have her eye removed, according to Bret. Despite the fact that her right eye is hazy and non-functional, the vet certified that the damage was ancient and that the eye did not need to be removed. Tootsie’s missing foot looked to be a birth abnormality or a result of her umbilical cord wrapping around her leg during delivery.
Fortunately, no remedial surgery is required. Tootsie doesn’t seem to mind having one fewer paw, except attempting to scratch her chin with a foot that doesn’t exist.
“Aside from her ghost scrape, she has no idea she’s unusual. She does everything a normal cat does,” Bret said. Tootsie has already had a difficult existence at the age of six months. Bret and Aimei would make sure she got the life she had always deserved for the rest of her life.
Bret and Aimei already owned six cats and had set a limit for themselves of six pets. Tootsie, on the other hand, was one-of-a-kind, eccentric, and full of affection. On her three feet, she flies about the house like a maniac.” “She slips around bends with no concerns, no problems,” Bret added. Tootsie-no-Footie didn’t have to be concerned for the first time in her life; she was finally protected and loved.
“We’re most likely going to retain Tootsie,” Bret remarked at the time of his interview. Tootsie-no-Footsie has actually joined the family, according to Bret’s Instagram! The mama cat and her four kittens that were caught on the same day were sent to a foster home, where they were all adopted.
Rescuers are still working hard to keep the remainder of the colony safe.
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