Mango had clearly been through something unimaginable. Our veterinarians suspected he had been hit by a car. His front leg was hanging down at an odd angle and dragging. The muscle had atrophied and he didn’t appear to be able to feel the leg at all. His mouth and jaw had clearly been affected as well. Mango’s whole jaw had been fractured and shifted to the left, several teeth were broken, and others were damaging the inside of his mouth because of the misalignment of his jaw.
Despite the obvious trauma Mango had suffered, his life was about to look a whole lot brighter.
We first heard about Mango when our Rescue Coordinator Matthew was at one of our partner shelters in the Central Valley. He was there to pick up a large group of cats and kittens when the shelter staff alerted him about a badly injured cat that had just come in and needed medical attention. Mango left with Matthew that day, and arrived at HSSV a few hours later where our Medical Team was waiting to urgently examine him and get him started on pain medication. After his exam, our staff made Mango as comfortable as possible for the night and encouraged him to eat a little.
Because Mango’s leg was in such bad shape and had been for at least some time, our Medical Team knew that the only option was to amputate it. They performed the surgery successfully, and now it was time for Mango to recover and get used to his new life on three legs.
Just days after Mango’s surgery, his demeanor had already improved for the better. No longer was he a nervous, quiet cat – instead, he was rolling over and begging our Medical Team for attention when they visited him to check on his healing leg. They were pleased to see how much Mango had improved by removing one of the sources of pain and discomfort for him.
Mango’s recovery continued smoothly, and soon it was time to address the damage to his mouth and jaw. The fracture in his jaw had happened so long ago that surgery was no longer an option, but the team was able to remove the painful teeth that were damaging the inside of his mouth. Almost immediately after surgery, it was obvious how much better Mango felt. His appetite increased considerably, his energy perked up, and he was charming all the staff and volunteers he came in contact with.
Once the Medical Team was satisfied that Mango had recovered from his series of surgeries, it was time for him to find his new home. We wondered if Mango’s physical differences and history would impact his chances of being adopted quickly, but we didn’t need to worry. His friendly, sweet personality attracted his new family to him almost immediately. They saw what a special cat he was right away, and he left HSSV as a much different cat than the one that had first arrived.
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