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Morgan lands on his (3) feet!
20 September 2017
Back in April a member of the public brought a sorry little thin white young male cat into Willows as he was found limping with a damaged foot and a graze on the head. Unfortunately he was not microchipped.
On examination, it was clear his injury had been there for some time - parts of the wound were rancid and rotten and the infection was severe. It is thought that he was likely to have been involved in a road traffic accident, given the graze on his head and the fact his lovely white fur was grey with road dirt. It was instantly clear that the foot was excruciatingly painful for him and unfortunately not going to be able to be saved, as the damage was far too advanced.
Mahy Rodriguez-Blanco and Simone Anesi, Veterinary Surgeons, gave him some strong pain relief, started antibiotics immediately and placed him on a drip to help stabilise him medically before he went to theatre with both veterinary surgeons and Eve Cannon, Surgical Veterinary Nurse for the amputation. Morgan spent another week at the hospital on strong pain relief and he made a fantastic recovery. During his stay it became apparent that he was also deaf, which could have contributed to the accident, as he wouldn’t have heard the car approaching. Deafness in white cats is very common, and is a congenital feature that they are often born with.
As no owners came forward for this special boy and because of his double disability, we wanted a special kind of home to ensure his safety, whilst having a happy fulfilled life. When Night nurse Laura Akers came on shift a few days after his surgery, she fell in love with him and they got on well during her night shifts when she was involved in taking care of him and helping his rehabilitation, along with other members of the nursing and veterinary care assistant team. Teaching him how to walk on 3 legs was a breeze and he did most of his rehabilitation himself, without complaining once, he took it all in his odd new stride.
Laura has been a veterinary nurse for 17 years so it is only natural she has lots of pets that she has rescued from various places of work around the country. She has a small dog, 4 rabbits and 4 other cats who have all taken to Morgan as if he has always been there. Because of his deafness and having 3 legs, it was advised that Morgan stay close to home, and for the exception of a handful of times when he has climbed very skilfully over the fence to visit the neighbours, he hasn’t left the back garden once. He has no interest in going out of the front of the house towards the road, and Laura has taught him that in the event the door is left open, he is not to leave via that route! He stands and looks out but soon runs back inside, it is as if he knows it is out of bounds for him. The back garden is very large and includes 2 wendy houses with beds and hidey holes, a tent and many tunnels for the cats and rabbits to share, that you can see Morgan enjoying in the photos. He is very nosy, and has to be involved in whatever is going on! Morgan has also quickly learnt to respond to certain hand signals to summon him in from wherever he is in the garden, or to let him know it is dinner time!
We think it’s safe to say Morgan landed on his (3) feet with his new home and Laura is very grateful to have him as part of her family.
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