Santito – The Special Needs Kitty Who is Larger Than Life
7 May, 2013
I first learned of Santito, the special needs kitten, on Facebook when a friend of mine brought him to my attention. I was immediately moved and blown away by Santito’s story. Santito is a special needs kitten that has limited mobility of his back legs and is incontinent. He actually wears diapers. I contacted Santito’s Mom, Eden, and she was kind enough to share his story with me.
Santito was found with his back legs destroyed
Santito was found at two months old with his back legs all but destroyed. He was so covered in dirt, blood and fleas that she thought he was a black kitten. It was only after three baths that it became clear that little Santito was a white and gray kitten. He was suffering severe dehydration, malnutrition, and worst of all, nerve damage and paralysis of his hind area.
Yet, he was purring and playful and literally the sweetest little thing she ever met. Right from the start, he wanted to kiss the rescuer’s noses as he seemed to know how lucky he was and was grateful. At first, things were touch and go with Santito – he couldn’t move his back legs at all and just dragged them behind him (something which had caused even more problems for his already damaged legs), was completely incontinent, and bounced between severe diarrhea severe constipation.
Three different vets told them that he wouldn’t make it
Three different vets told Eden and the other rescuers to “just euthanize him” within the first week of his rescue. But this little guy was so full of life – wide-eyed, playful, cuddly, loving, that they couldn’t imagine ending his life when he had fought so hard already to keep it. Eden wouldn’t accept that and pressed on.
But they knew Santito would pull through
Seeing how lively he was, they took Santito to a specialist who tested him and discovered that, although he had nerve damage, he still had deep sensory perception and mobility, and could potentially recover – at least partially if not totally. So Kitten Rescue decided to give this little guy a fighting chance. They started him in therapy at California Animal Rehabilitation and began various experiments with vitamins, food combinations, medications, etc., to normalize his system and give him the nutrition he had been lacking.
Santitio is now 9 months old and on his way!
Santito now has the mobility of his back legs, though he walks a little strangely but he can walk with all four legs and climb, pummel, and run, and can’t QUITE jump…yet. He is still incontinent (he has to wear diapers) but he gains a little more control every day and no longer has any problems with diarrhea or constipation and he is off all his medication! This little champ has taught all his rescuers and his Mom that you don’t give up on life and keep fighting.
Santito and some of is other special needs buddies have been give a new lease on life, thanks to the Kitten Rescue (http://www.kittenrescue.org/). Kitten Rescue volunteers place approximately 1,000 cats and kittens into new homes every year. Since its inception, Kitten Rescue has rescued and placed over 10,000 cats into loving homes. They are an incredible group!
Tips For Your Dogs At The Dog Park