It’s possible that a tiny calico kitten who was hurt after becoming wedged in the back of a recliner would never fully recover.
The kitten, who Cats Protection (CP) volunteers have given the name Squishy, suffered serious spinal nerve damage as a result of the tragedy.
Amazingly, the little animal suffered no broken bones, but veterinarians think she might also have a kind of dwarfism.
The kitten’s previous owners chose to give her up to CP’s care after being informed of the probable costs associated with treatment.
She is looking after the kitten at her house in Hemel. Squishy’s foster caregiver, who requests anonymity, said: “She’s an amazing fun and a little warrior. She is not in agony, according to the vet.
“I didn’t want to put her through anything if she wouldn’t be pain-free, so it was vital to me to know that she would still have a quality of life.
“We have to work with her through a lot of physio, but it’s working. She has begun to stand on her hind legs.
She is shaky, but she feels something.
Squishy’s fosterer is giving her puppy training pads and bathing her frequently because she is now unable to use the litter box at all.
Everyone hopes that she will eventually be adopted again, but for the time being, this little woman still has a long way to go in her recuperation.
The exact degree of Squishy’s hind limb injuries won’t be known until she is a bit older, but the CP chapter in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted has established an online fund to accept donations for Squishy’s continued care and any surgeries she might need: https://www.gofundme.com/2cu8wek