A Shattered Paw, Didn’t Mean Shattered Dreams For This Strong FelineCindy Levine
Catalina was rescued by DREAM from the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter on November 28, 2016. She has been at the shelter for about a week and was suffering from a severely crushed paw. The shelter veterinarian recommended that Catalina’s paw be amputated in order to save money, but this would have made a normal life almost impossible for her.
Once rescued, DREAM took Catalina directly to their preferred vet for x-rays and an evaluation. The vet determined that her paw was indeed salvageable, but it would require several pins and possibly a plate in her tiny paw. This would also mean that it would take some time for Catalina to be able to resume full, normal movements. Despite these setbacks, DREAM decided to give Catalina the best possible chance and moved forward with her paw surgery.
After the surgery, Catalina lived with her foster mom from January-July of 2017 while she recovered. Unfortunately, Catalina was believed to have suffered nerve damage from her injuries and walked with a limp for several months. She faced many other challenges since her surgery, including an infection in her paw and several subsequent visits to the vet in order to prevent further damage to her affected paw.
In July, Catalina was adopted into her forever home. Her new family has given her the life of luxury she deserves and some cat siblings to keep her company. Her new home is full of cat amenities such as a full-blown cat house, large beds and lots of toys.
She is thriving in her new home and although she still cannot walk normally, her family has noticed small improvements in her mobility and gets better every day.