Mariah is a sweet young girl at about one year old, who came to us as a stray. When she was dropped off at Gifford, we immediately saw that something was very wrong - she was walking with a severe limp and trying to avoid standing on one of her right legs. A local veterinarian was able to see her right away and from there immediately sent Mariah to a veterinary emergency room. We knew that she had an injury, but never suspected the extent of it. Her exam and x-rays showed a dislocated hip. In addition, she had a number of broken ribs and a chipped tooth with bruising of her tongue. Clearly, she had suffered some kind of significant trauma and was in a lot of pain (the hip or rib injuries alone would cause pain - the combination of both must have been severe). She came back to us with pain medication, and was on strict "bed rest", while the veterinarians worked to find the earliest possible surgical time for her.
The next day, Mariah had surgery to fix her hip. Unfortunately, her ribs could not be healed with surgery, and so it was back to rest and pain medication - this time in a foster home. Mariah was taken in by a wonderful foster mom, who is able to take good care of her and help her heal.
A short time after her surgery, Mariah was showing steady progress, but started limping again. Another visit to the vet and more x-rays revealed a small fracture that will need to heal on its own, but is causing Mariah a lot of pain. In order to heal, Mariah needs to rest, which is not easy for an active and playful one year old. It's hard for her foster mom to convince her that she can't run around the entire house chasing everything she sees!
Throughout this whole ordeal, Mariah has wanted nothing but love. She rolls onto her back for belly rubs and loves to snuggle with her foster mom. She also loves showing up on all of her foster mom’s Zoom calls and the callers now know to ask about Mariah as soon as the call starts. Mariah is being a good sport and taking her medication, which helps reduce her pain, and she is now making steady progress again.
As always, when a sick or injured cat is at our door, our answer is "yes". We had to alleviate her pain, help her to heal and give her a chance to live a long and happy life as an adored family member. Mariah still has a lot of healing to do, and she needs your support to fund her surgery and pain medication.