Our story begins with an urgent call from our vet at Washington Ave Animal hospital. Someone just rushed a tiny kitten in after they witnessed him being thrown from a car on the highway. The doctor asked if we’d take this case on and of course we said yes!
Peter Polydactyl (because he has extra toes!) was in critical condition and needed to be transferred over to PennVet neurology department. He had swelling on the brain and a broken jaw. He stayed with neurology for 3 weeks and had a procedure involving buttons to secure his jaw so it would heal properly.
The doctors were very concerned Peter would have lasting effects of the brain swelling making it difficult to thrive. The most concerning was that he circled to the right as he walked and he wouldn’t eat on his own. A feeding tube was placed and each day this baby got stronger and stronger. After 21 days in the hospital, Peter was strong enough to be released to foster care.
Once in foster, Peter really began to perk up and show his amazing little personality. He started eating on his and is a HUGE fan of any type of food now!
While Peter was in the hospital, we received another urgent call about a cat on the street in bad shape. Our volunteer ran over and took him right to PennVet ER. It turns out Emerson also had a broken jaw and swelling in the brain and eyes. Emerson had the same button repair procedure as Peter and had an optimistic prognosis.
With the buttons securely fastened, both Peter and Emerson were released from the hospital on the same day and headed to different foster homes to recover.
Fate had other plans for these two boys though…
Peter’s foster had a vacation planned so Emerson’s foster offered to take Peter on as well. Both Peter and Emerson recovered together under the watchful eye of their foster. Yasamin ( the foster) decided that she was totally in love with Peter and she wanted to adopt him. Of course we had no issues with this, in fact we were THRILLED!
You see, Yasamin had already foster failed two cats prior. Mr. Butters who was abandoned at our vet earlier in the year and Scotty whom we pulled from ACCT when he was timestamped for euthanasia. She had already proved what a wonderful and caring pet parent and foster she was to Butters and Scotty. She nursed both of the boys back to health and they had a very special bond.
Peter and Emerson healed amazingly well with no long term side effects from their injuries. In fact, dare we say Peter Polydactly is slightly on the plumper side! All four of the boys really forged a surprisingly strong bond. They all fell right into place as brothers. Emerson was adopted out but returned within a few days because he just wasn’t happy being alone. Emerson went back to Yasamin and the boys where it became very clear this unique group couldn’t be broken up. Yasamin has since adopted Emerson too! All four boys live the happiest life any cats could ask for.