Meow’za is a short-haired black house cat with green eyes, born in 2003.
She came to us after she’d been hit by a car. She was only maybe four to five weeks old, and an owner was never found–she was probably a stray. The lady who rescued her took her to a veterinary hospital that was considerably over-priced, and quite obviously more concerned with their profit than the care of the creatures brought to them. They’d wanted this good Samaritan to fork over more than three thousand dollars to perform surgery on the kitten, whose hip was broken in three places. A set of the most horrible x-rays we’d ever seen, a poorly bandaged leg (the bandage extended to twice the length of the kitten’s leg!) and a single night’s stay had our friend’s bill already over eight hundred dollars–all for rescuing a stray!
We once had a cat who had to be “re-plumbed” (a male with very serious urinary tract problems, who needed surgery to basically become female in that one area–or else be put down) that only cost us nine hundred dollars–total, that’s surgery plus medicine and further checkups!
We were completely scandalized, and insisted our friend let us deal with the kitten from then on. Our veterinarian re-bandaged the kitten’s leg properly, gave us pain medication for her, and restrained herself from saying things inappropriate for polite company over the atrocious excuses for x-rays. She said surgery was not necessary; the kitten’s bones would heal just fine on their own, (and fourteen years later the cat has no problems). After two more visits, our veterinarian bill (with our serious multiple-cat discount!) was a total of about $57.
At one point early on, as her leg had Meow’za pretty much incapacitated–we even had to hold her upright in the litter box!–we got creative, and put together a little wheeled cart-type thing of duct tape, dowels and casters for her to use to get around. It even had a little “seat belt” so she wouldn’t pop out of it. Not exactly the most artistic of creations, but she seemed to like it. She could zip around in it pretty quickly!
She’s doing just fine now. As a matter of fact, she’s doing better than some of our other cats, who have never had a serious injury (that we know of). Once her hip had healed, we kept finding her balancing on the top edge of doors!