Little boy Crumb was found by a kind lady along with his brother, Caprice off of Milham road. The kind person thought she had heard some mewing while on her lunch break and then again when leaving work at 5 p.m. So, she decided to search for the noise and found the kittens. They were both laying out in the open on the grass by the side of the parking lot and were only a day or two old, so very tiny. Caprice was the one mewing. Crumb, the runt, was thought at first to be dead. Luckily for the kittens, this kind lady immediately set about finding someone to take them and they came directly into KAR. We have many dedicated volunteers, but few who specialize in kittens so young. These tiny orphans were in safe hands with one of our experienced, veteran foster volunteers.
warming and feeding the kittens, they were examined and the smallest
little "Crumb" of a kitten was found to have three limb deformities.
Since he was only two-days old, the vet said there was hope in building
muscle, loosening the tendons and the limbs becoming usable. So ten
times a day, at every feeding, his foster mom warmed and massaged the
left front paw, then slightly stretched it, more and more each week. The
two hind legs had been limp, unused and hanging out behind the kitten
with the toes curled (see photo). Again, at every feeding, ten times a
day, his foster mom perched this baby's hind legs on her finger and
bounced him, requiring him to push off as best he could, trying to build
some muscle strength. Crumb hated it at first but then started to enjoy
the one-on-one attention he was getting.
After several weeks, Crumb was
actually able to hold his hind legs beneath him and his foster mom
started to encourage Crumb to push himself towards his formula bottle.
Crumb had to work for his food. Heat, massage, physical therapy, hard
work and love has Crumb almost perfect. Now all this little boy needs is
a loving forever home. Check out his web page here!