Earlier this year, a little 6-month-old ginger tabby kitty called Cayden was hit by a car while she was roaming in New York City. After being transported to the local animal care and control, it was decided that her injuries were so bad she should be put down.
Luckily, the good folks at the Empty Cages Collective shelter in Brooklyn intervened at the last minute and sorted out a plan for Cayden to receive emergency care at a speciality 24-hour clinic.
After examination at the Blue Pearl facility, vets discovered that Cayden was suffering from a collapsed lung and a broken leg. When dealing with the first issue, Natalia from the Empty Cages Collective says the kitty “needed to have air removed with a syringe from her chest cavity.”
Cayden was also required to stay in an oxygen tank for a few nights, plus she needed around-the-clock care to ensure that she was breathing correctly. For a moment, things looked very bleak for this cat.
Once vets attempted to treat Cayden’s broken leg, they also discovered that her front paw was injured. With both of Cayden’s left legs (front and back) diagnosed as broken, she wasn’t even able to stand up on her own.
At the time of writing, Cayden has come through her operations and is now busy focusing on her recovery.
“She has a plate in her front limb and a few pins and screws in the back one,” says Natalia. “She is on strict cage rest for two weeks and then a longer foster home rest for eight weeks.”
“After this time she will be rechecked and ready for adoption,” she says.
Natalia adds that Cayden’s prognosis is good. “She will definitely be able to walk again! Actually, she already is — the problem will be trying to stop her from running and jumping within her eight weeks recovery time.”
Moving beyond her traumatic start to her life, Cayden seems to be a cat who is all about giving off loving vibes. She begins purring immediately when she’s petted. “She has one of those lovely soft, slow purrs that make you just want to take a nap with her.”
While Cayden is recovering, her online fundraiser campaign continues; it’s at $3,500 with a total goal of $5,000, which will go toward covering her medical expenses.
Better yet, once Cayden’s eight weeks of foster recovery are completed, she’ll be making her way to a brand new home.
“A woman named Sue from out of state, who adopted two special-needs cats from us in the past, has been in contact with us from day one,” reveals Natalia. “We are arranging for the final adoption after we get the second post-surgery checkup.”
In the meantime, check out this bonus video footage of Cayden’s recovery.
Head over to Cayden’s YouCaring page to donate to her medical and recovery fund.