Love and Peace’s life has taken some bizarre twists and turns, but it seems that his roller-coaster ride has finally come to a stop — in the lap of a doting computer engineer.
Four months ago, the 8-year-old tabby suffered a brutal accident that left him with a broken back. The family who adopted him — four years ago, after his original owner was killed in a traffic accident — couldn’t afford the veterinary care needed to save his life, so they surrendered him to the Oregon Humane Society.
When the vets first saw Love and Peace, they weren’t sure he would be able to recover. X-rays revealed he had a fractured vertebra in his lower back, and he was crying from the excruciating pain.
But the spinal fracture, in the last vertebra before his tail, was low enough that the lucky kitty didn’t suffer any neurological damage. If it had been any higher, it might have led to permanent paralysis.
For the first four weeks, Love and Peace was kept on a backboard in a small kennel so that he wouldn’t move and worsen his injury. Then he went to a foster home for six weeks, where he was kept on strict cage rest. His foster family spent hours with him, sometimes even sleeping overnight next to him to keep him company.
Then in mid-December, he came back to the shelter, ready to be adopted. And that’s where Brian Coss came into the picture. He’d read about Love and Peace’s story and fell in love — and the rest is history.
Love and Peace (or LP for short) is now settling into his new home and gradually getting to know Coss’s other cats, Smokey and Gata. I don’t know where Coss learned how to properly introduce new cats, but he’s doing everything right — and as a result, I’m sure LP will be getting along with Smokey and Gata in no time at all.
What does this story prove? First, never say die: Some cats can and do recover from broken backs without surgery; and second, real men love cats.