Miracle kitten finds a new home
A miracle kitten who survived a torturous attack that left a four-inch blow dart lodged in her brain has found a new home.
Tabby cat ‘Miss Kiss’ was abandoned to die on the Spanish Fork in Utah, USA, with a large steel dart embedded into her head that pierced her brain.
The family who discovered her rushed the six-month-old kitten to Utah Valley Animal Rescue where she was rushed to the vets for urgent treatment.
It was discovered that the dart had narrowly missed major arteries in her brain that would have killed her – vets doubted whether she’d make it through the operation.
Remarkably she survived but was left blind in her left eye from where the dart pierced the back of her optic nerve.
Over $3,300 was raised through Pound Wishes to cover her vets’ fees and since then she’s been rehomed.
Dr. Isaac Bott, veterinarian from Mountain West Animal Hospital, said: “We could immediately tell she was in distress, we took some x-rays which showed a large steel blow dart through her head.
“We realised we needed to do some brain surgery – that was probably the most difficult surgery I’ve performed as a veterinarian
“If the dart through her brain wasn’t enough, there was a second dart embedded into her front shoulder – that dart tip had broken off.
“There was no way a cat would stand to be shot with two darts, so to me that suggests she was shot in the leg, ran away, came back later and unfortunately was shot again.”
Her new owner Kevin, who was is also blind in one eye, is helping the kitten to adjust to partially sighted life by using ping pong balls to help her hand-eye coordination.
As part of the kitten’s recovery the dedicated 65-year-old has even been sleeping on the floor with Miss Kiss and is amazed she still has trust for humans
Kevin said: “This is one of the best experiences of my life.
“Her home is hers to roam and little by little we’re opening new rooms for her.
“I sleep when she sleeps, I sleep on the floor, when she eats I eat, that’s part of her recovery.
“The dart travelled through a portion of her brain, it her optic nerve.
“I’ve bought two to three hundred ping pong balls to help her hand-eye coordination.
“The first week or two she was full speed and ran into everything, she’ll have to learn to adapt and she will.”
Police are still investigating the case, but owner Kevin says that for him no punishment would make him happy as his focus is on giving Miss Kiss the best life possible.
He added: “We’ve become so bonded at this point punishment [for her attackers] isn’t going to make me happy, what makes me happy is to know that she’s happy – that’s why I camp out in the bedroom with her.
“She was tortured, they attempted to kill her not once but twice and she was left in a thorny bush, just left to die, but she did not want to die, she wanted to live.
“I sense that she has a strong desire to want to live and to want to be with humans, which amazes me with what she went through.
“She still has a spirit that she looks up to us to be part of her life, she still deals with some legitimate fears but she’s inspiring, she’s just adorable.”
The veterinarian team are delighted that Miss Kiss has found such a new, loving home.
Dr. Bott added: “We’re so happy she’s provided with this care, it’s been a life changing event for me, as a vet, to see her overcome these debilitating circumstances and thrive.
“We might have scars but scars are beautiful and her scars tell a story and are a testament of her toughness.”
The Utah Valley Animal Rescue raised money for Miss Kiss’s surgery through PoundWishes an online crowdfunding site for Rescue and Shelter pets.
Marisa, from PoundWishes, said: “”The Miss Kiss Story is very near and dear to our hearts, we have become very close with those involved in saving her and are inspired to help as many shelter and rescue animals in similar situations.
“Her rescue mama, Heather at UVAR, her amazing surgeon Dr. Bott, and her forever papa, Kevin, are some of the best humans on the planet. Stories like these are the reasons why we do what we do here at PoundWishes.
“PoundWishes helped UVAR (Utah Valley Animal Rescue) facilitate an online campaign for Miss Kiss and raise the funds needed for her much needed surgery and medical care.
“We couldn’t be any happier with Miss Kiss’s outcome or have dreamed of anyone more perfect for her than her forever human, Kevin”