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We literally just brought this cutie home from the shelter a few hours ago and we’re waiting for her to get settled in. She’s a front leg tripod and just got her amputation done yesterday, and we can’t wait to show her the luxury amenities of #TeamTripod. 🙂

It’s always a wonderful thing when a foster cat finds their forever home. It’s an especially wonderful thing when they get snapped up nearly as soon as they’re eligible for adoption! It’s an extra super special amazing thing when both trikitties in foster at BARCS end up having the same adoption day! Let me tell you a bit about this pair of awesome tripods.

This is Frieza. Frieza was rescued from a severely neglectful situation that resulted in part of his tail and his rear leg getting amputated due to necrosis. Following his amputation, he was having such a hard time in the shelter. He wouldn’t get up and move around, and ended up peeing and pooping all over himself. The foster coordinator sent him my way for a stay in my brand new post-surgical suite (a cat playpen).

This photo was taken five minutes after we got him in the house. I was thrilled to see him improve this significantly so quickly. This sweet kitty had a rough life, but thankfully he didn’t have a rough recovery. We did end up having three fosters in the house at once at the time, as Link was a week away from going to his forever home and Peeper (our one eyed foster) was two weeks away from hers. Scooping the poop of five cats total was one hell of a workout, let me tell ya.

Frieza quickly proved himself to be a super friendly and playful cat. It took some time to build up his strength again but before long he was zooming around all over the place. He was very well socialized with humans, but not so much with other kitties. Team Socialization did a great job of that, although they did find themselves getting worn out by this energetic little boy.

Frieza ended up having six interested parties within a week after he was eligible for adoption. I was so happy to see that so many other people saw just how wonderful he is. He found the perfect match with members from my Three Legged Cats Facebook group, and they even drove for six hours here and six hours back for him! He has settled in so very quickly and getting updates from the adopters fills me with so many smiles, even if I miss him terribly. I will be writing up a full post about this wonderful boy soon, once things calm down from this whirlwind turnaround time (due to circumstances related to his rescue, we were assuming that he would be staying with us for 4+ months).

And this cutie is Fozzie! I was originally going to foster him, but the shelter was trying to save his leg at the time and needed to keep him there for the time being. Then Frieza came in and we were super filled on fosters, so Fozzie was fostered by another excellent person at BARCS. 🙂 Fozzie had a super hard time medically during the initial treatment. When I saw him come into the shelter, he just had some markings on his rear leg. The next time I saw him to meet him for potentially fostering him, it had swollen up and skin was sloughing off. Poor little guy.

Things were rough for him during the post-amputation recovery too. There were a few times where I sat staring at Facebook Messenger, waiting for a message from his foster home that he was back from the pet ER / fever broke / etc. It took awhile for him to get to even footing during the recovery, and he also had some phantom limb pain to deal with.

Thankfully, things continued to get better for this expressive little boy and he ended up getting adopted by one of the people who contacted me about Frieza! Another of the potential Frieza adopters is currently waiting for the next trikitty to come through our doors. 🙂

Three cheers for the new #TeamTripod members. 🙂

Link’s adopter is being so sweet at sending me updates on how he’s doing. 😀 It was so, so hard seeing him off. I’m not gonna lie, I was crying in the lobby as the adopter finished up the paperwork, and spent about an hour in the foster coordinator’s office bawling my eyes out after they went home. It’s hard, especially when you end up with a foster that stays with you for a longer time (he was one day shy of two months with us). Having the adoptive parent stay in touch definitely has helped a lot! Here’s what he had to say about Link!

“So the little fella practically napped the whole way home, brought him in to get accustomed to his new digs (my finished basement), and he proceeded to carefully walk all around sniffing and looking at everything, and I mean EVERYTHING!….he jumped up on the couch, then the love seat, for a better view I suppose J  Checked out his litter box, food, water, then went back into the carrier to relax.  I left him alone for a little while, returned, and he was still chilling in his carrier, so I began rubbing his cheeks, which triggered his motorboat purring J  After a few minutes, I stopped, he got up, left the carrier and walked over to me, rubbed against me, then returned to his carrier…he’s so adorable!!!”

“He is adjusting amazingly!  Seems very settled with his new environment, displays tons of affection, is getting around fine, not eating too much dry but devouring the wet, and np with the little box.  He’s settled into a chair which I put the blue blanket on, so looks to be his new bed for now, and when I got up this morning he was all happy to see me, that was until I fed him, when he forgot all about me, and then introduced him to the tree and window sill, which he is no obsessed over!!!  He’s amazing, thank you so much for fostering him Tiffany, as it clearly made all the difference in him adjusting without any problem at all!!!”

“Hey Tiffany, just wanted to give you an update after the first week, it’s official, he’s Stanley J

He’s the sweetest little guy ever!!!  Adjusting amazingly to his new home and roommate, ha!  Eating like a horse now, so I’ll need to keep an eye on this, and I integrated him into the upstairs only 2 days after I brought him home, and other than being overwhelmed by the surroundings, he’s once again adapted incredibly…had to look out every window, and literally look at every thing in the room, on the walls, you name it, he’s quite attentive in curious.  Speaking of which, is very interested at things up high, and his missing leg doesn’t seem to prevent him from leaping up on countertops, tables, etc. with grace and ease…I gotta teach him though these are not places he should be.

He’s got purrs seemingly go on forever, meows when he’s hungry and when he’s lost track of me in the house, which is adorable! and every now and again he’ll get a little feisty and wanna take a swat at me, just to keep me in line, yet never in true anger.  Oh and that tail, holy mackerel, it ever stops!!!  He’s a great cuddler, but when he’s had his fill, he moves on.  Litter box has been no problem, and he’s been pretty mellow in the scratching department.  I’ve kept him on the same food, which he seems to be absolutely fine with.”

I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better match for Stanley, and I’m really happy to introduce another person to the joys of three-legged cats. 😀

Just a quick update that we found an amazing adopter for Link and he’s going home today!!! This little boy has come such a long way in the past month and a half (plus gaining three pounds to get up to a healthy weight!), and I’m so proud of him. This is the first foster that I’ve adopted out and it’s definitely a bittersweet feeling, but it also means that I get to help another person experience how awesome tripawd cats are, and I get the capacity to help other amputee kitties that come into BARCS.

Also, not going to lie, I am a little bit looking forward to scooping a bit less poop. We’re full up on fosters right now and the amount of poop I have to shuffle around is pretty ridiculous, lol.

Once RR Jake finished his treatment plan and got past a really nasty URI, we adopted him and told the foster coordinator that it was going to be a few weeks to get him settled into the daily routine. I had every intention of sticking with that plan since it seemed prudent. In the meantime, I was going through volunteer orientation at the shelter. When I introduced myself, I mentioned the passing of Tripod and helping out three legged cats when I could.

Part of the volunteer orientation involves a tour of the shelter. Since I already got the shelter tour when I went through foster orientation, I only went through the first part of the cat room. That’s when someone said hey, here’s a three legger for you! I would have totally missed little Roosevelt (Link) if someone hadn’t have spoken up right then.

He was already known among shelter staff as a sweet and friendly boy. His amputation (and neutering, poor boy) was only three days before that. He came into the shelter with bad injuries from a BB gun. 🙁 Since I knew how important it was to try and get him out of shelter as soon as possible, to minimize secondary infections, I stopped by the foster coordinator’s office to see whether he could head to our foster room.

About an hour later I’m loading up this sweet kitty into a carrier and off we went. Since I hadn’t exactly been planning on bringing a foster kitty home that day, so Roosevelt (foster home name Link, yes I’m a Zelda nerd), did a rapid turnover of the downstairs bathroom. We were using the upstairs bathroom for RR Jake’s recovery / acclimation / quarantine room, but that was our house’s primary bathroom so it didn’t make sense to tie that one up.

The downstairs bathroom sits at the end of a long hallway, and both rooms leading off of it are separated by doors. That makes it the perfect little area for our medical fosters recovering from surgery. Link quickly got his bearings and the first thing he did was decide to launch himself over the side of the tub. Sigh, kitty.

He was particularly appreciative of getting out of his cone and getting a onesie on. I wanted to watch him and see whether he tries to nibble at his sutures. He had some extra ones on his other front leg, so I needed to keep a close eye on those. He was recovering quite quickly and not even on pain medication whenever we took him home.

It quickly became obvious that he loves cuddles. His purrs are loud and he couldn’t get enough of curling up into laps and quietly napping with the closest human. What a sweet cuddle bug.

He didn’t even mind getting any of the medication that we needed to give him. He’s probably the easiest cat, three legged or otherwise, that I’ve ever handled in my life. The vets at the shelter agreed.

He recently got medically cleared for adoption and his originally planned forever home fell through. He is very laid back to the point where I even recommend him to new cat parents. He does great with other kitties and has a personality that is so sweet and loving. He does like some play time, especially with other cats. His jumping range is that of a typical cat, and by that I mean he is more than capable of getting up on my counters when I’m doing things in the kitchen. 😛

If you’re interested in adopting trikitty Link, you can find out more information about him and the process to get started on his profile at BARCS.

 

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