Did you know there’s a thing called high-rise syndrome? It’s where cats living in tall, multiple-dwelling buildings fall out of windows — often to a tragic end. Well, this week’s Monday Miracle is one such free-falling kitty, although her story might be shaping up to have a heartwarming ending.
The cat’s name is Nutmeg, and she’s adorable.
Speaking to Kenia Castellanos from the Empty Cages Collective rescue in Brooklyn, it’s unknown whether the one-year-old Nutmeg fell or whether she was pushed, as it were.
“According to Animal Care & Control,” she said, “she was brought there after she ‘reportedly fell out of a window,’ so all we know with absolute certainty is that the window had no screen.”
After bringing Nutmeg into the care of Empty Cages Collective, Kenia says the group requested to have her immediately transferred to one of their veterinarian partners for treatment.
“Her X-rays showed a closed fracture in the pelvis,” she continues, “and our board-certified surgeon repaired it by using a metal plate and pins to realign and attach the bones.”
While there’s a mystery surrounding Nutmeg’s literal fall from grace, her recovery seems to be going swimmingly. She’s presently on what’s called “cage rest” for a couple of months, and Kenia says she’s “doing fantastic.”
While going through her rehabilitation period, Nutmeg has been strutting around her cage and and using her personal poo-box without any troubles. Adding that she’s “in great spirits,” Kenia says the only evidence of her accident is a shaved hip area.
Throughout this whole ordeal, Nutmeg’s temperament has been top notch. Kenia describes her as one of the most affectionate and outgoing kitties she’s ever come across, saying that she constantly solicits attention and is a professional purring machine: “Even when she was first examined by the vet, and in spite of the pain she must’ve been experiencing, she allowed handling of her fractured limb while purring all along.”
So what’s next for Nutmeg once her period of cage rest is over? She’ll be put up for adoption — and it sounds like she’ll be a fantastic addition to any household. Kenia says that all Nutmeg really asks for is “someone to love and take good care of her.” Oh, and a full set of window screens.
You can follow Nutmeg’s progress over at the Empty Cages Collective’s Facebook page — and donate to Nutmeg’s medical fund through her YouCaring campaign.
About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.