Rainbow kitten is what we called him, among other nicknames, like Robocat, Supercat etc. His real name is Chance, named after the charity that rescued him (SCARS – Second Chance Animal Rescue Society).
His two front legs were smashed and he was in extreme pain.
Chance was rescued when he was so tiny he could fit right into your palm. Found by a SCARS volunteer, near a cat colony she monitors, on the side of the road. Chance was probably hit by a car and left there to die. His two front legs were smashed and he was in extreme pain.
Actually catching him was not an easy task either. Chance was a wild feral kitten, who had never been in contact with people before. After a huge effort, he was caught and taken to the vet, where he had to be sedated in order for him to be examined properly.
His left leg healed quite fast (within three weeks) – his right leg though was not easy to save.
Condition and recovery
Our vet was not optimistic about the condition of his legs. He was taken to surgery immediately, and had to endure a long and painful recovery. His left leg healed quite fast, and within three weeks, Chance’s bandages were removed. His right leg though was not easy to save.
Confined in a crate for months, Chance endured everything with amazing patience. He was only taken out for a few minutes per day, and while his crate was being cleaned, he could relax in front of the window and sunbathe.
Twice per week, Chance visited the vet, had his bandages changed, and then returned to his crate, where he waited and waited and waited, until the next visit to the vet, and then the next and the next etc.
Photographing in his colorful “outfits” his became a weekly fun thing to do,
Photographing in his colorful “outfits” his became a weekly fun thing to do, and choosing the next pattern for his bandages was one of the tasks of the day, for us and for our vet. For a couple of months he was our model, and we enjoying posting new updates on him, arguing about which color suits him better and which should be the next to choose.
Rainbow cat no more
After more than 12 changes, 10 different colors and 2 months locked in a crate, Chance was finally freed two days ago. His tiny, fragile leg could not be saved, Chance was amputated and we were all relieved.
this baby had to spend his childhood in a crate, with limited to none fun
You see, this baby had to spend his childhood in a crate, with limited to none fun. Our optimism could not save a leg that could not be saved, and as cute and funny his outfits were, they started becoming annoying after a while – keeping a kitten in a crate for so long is not fun at all. The only good thing about it was that crate “training” helped Chance become a loving, tender kitten, who can stay in your arms forever, purring in bliss.
I know that his family couldn’t care less about how many legs he has
Chance is now a teenager. And since yesterday, he can play and run free, without being forced to go back to his “cell”. He will be a happy three legged cat, like so many others. Besides, he has already been adopted, and I know that his family couldn’t care less about how many legs he has – in fact I am quite sure that they would have adopted him even if he was two legged or even paralyzed.