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    • 18 Jul, 2019

    Mayhew Vets give Kiko a new lease of life

    Handsome Kiko arrived at Mayhew earlier this year with a badly injured right hind leg. He couldn’t put any weight on it, and was clearly in considerable pain.

    Our Vets suspected that Kiko, a stray, had been suffering for quite some time, as he also showed significant muscle wastage around both hind legs and hips, due to not being able to use his limbs properly.

    We immediately gave Kiko pain relief and booked him into our Clinic to have x-rays and a full examination under general anaesthetic. The x-ray revealed chronic and severe damage to right hip joint due to an old injury, which would have caused Kiko lifelong pain and impeded his movement.

    Kiko cat for adoption

    Although the joint could not be mended due to the age and severity of the injury, our Vets were luckily able to remove it entirely. This procedure leads to the animal forming a ‘false joint’ with no long term impediment to health and movement. Kiko’s surgery was smooth and successful, and he was soon recovering in the warmth and comfort of our Cat Ward.

    Happily, his period of post-operative recovery went entirely to plan, and Kiko was soon back on his feet – albeit rather gingerly. He will always have mild lameness as a result of his injury, but should otherwise be able to build up a normal amount of strength in his hind legs and hips.

    Whilst Kiko has been with us, our Cattery staff have been encouraging him to walk up and down stairs, stand on his hind legs and demonstrate a full freedom of movement in order to rebuild his muscles; and they have also been keen to socialise with him to try and help combat his nerves.

    Because Kiko spent a considerable amount of time before he came to us injured and in pain, he most likely would have retreated from any human attention, and was therefore incredibly shy and skittish with our staff members.

    We decided to send Kiko out on foster care until he was ready to find a new family of his own, so he could get used to living in a home environment and hopefully become less tense and timid. Fortunately, Kiko settled into his foster home easily, and has since come on leaps and bounds – physically and emotionally!

    “The way he plays now, you’d never even notice that he doesn’t have all his bones! ”


    Foster carer

    Molly, Kiko’s foster carer, said “Kiko is a real sweetheart. He has truly thrived during his time with us, and it’s been amazing to see him grow in confidence as well as recover from his ordeal. He is such a character and is often getting up to mischief – but he is also very sweet and gentle, and such an angel. We know that he will make his future family very happy.”

    Kiko is now fully recovered and ready to find his happily ever after. He is very energetic, and will therefore need a home with owners who are happy to play and socialise extensively with him, and who will continue to help him build muscle strength in his hind legs.



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