Kittens Trooper and Patience earned their names. The two healed from a harmful attack with brave perseverance… and the help of vets who knew they’d do so.
When the kittens were only 10 days old, they survived a suspected dog attack, which their littermates did not, that left Trooper in need of a leg amputation. Although risky for such a small kitten, vets with rescue group Foothills Animal Shelter in Colorado proceeded with the amputation soon after the rescue in March, according to LittleThings.
“When Trooper was first brought to the shelter, it was obvious that he needed surgery immediately,” Jessi Burns of Foothills Animal Shelter told LittleThings. “It’s very risky to perform surgery on such young and small animals, but for Trooper, we knew it was life or death so we decided to take the chance.”
Trooper made it out of surgery OK, to everyone’s relief, so the next stage was for the two small cats to recuperate.
“He and his sister, Patience, were so young and required around-the-clock bottle feedings,” Burns told the website.
Foster parents fed them and changed Trooper’s bandages daily.
After two months, both kittens were healed. Rescuers wondered how Trooper would adapt to life as a tripawd but when the bandages came off, they wondered no more. Trooper lived up to his name and took his new stride in stride.
Even better, both tough survivors found forever homes almost immediately. They can give their namesake qualities a bit of a break and enjoy life as rambunctious kittens for a long time.