A few winters ago a terrible thing happened.
Ginger was crushed in a car engine.
Trying to find shelter from the freezing cold Ginger had crawled under the hood of a car, and had snuggled up in the warm afterglow of the engine. He’d slept through the night and never heard the driver enter in the morning. The key clicked, the engine turned and Ginger was caught in the mechanical maw of the engine.
Luckily good people heard his cries, released and sheltered him, and looked for help. Within hours he was at our clinic. We prayed and hoped that his spine would be intact.
Excruciating moments passed while he was being examined and before we could learn more about his condition.
When the time came we were told the bitter truth – his spine was broken.
The last vertebrae of Ginger’s spine had fractured while simultaneously becoming lodged one on top of the other, compressing the spinal nerve. The vets believed that emergency surgery could restore the vertebrae in their original positions and relieve the compression. The nerves however would inevitably be damaged and this would mean Ginger would be semi-paralyzed and incontinent.
The vets asked if they should operate or euthanize.
The surgery was expensive. We didn’t know if we could find anyone out there willing to adopt such a cat.
We didn’t know what to do…
We did not put Ginger to sleep.
And it was the right decision.
Today Ginger is adopted in the UK into a beautiful family. He has fur-buddies that he plays and cuddles with, and an amazing human who helps him with his toilet functions. Ginger learnt to walk and even run.
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