Purr-fectly happy with three legs

00:59, May 07 2014

Betty is breaking hearts at the Wellington SPCA. One of their newest residents, the kitten was spotted at about 10 days old crawling across a public park dragging her two back legs.

After being examined by vets it was discovered that Betty had no use of her hind legs and could not move her tail.

The lack of movement was unexplained but the SPCA says she was not in any pain and was otherwise healthy. 

Volunteer vet nurse Rochelle Walker took Betty to her Aro Valley home to bottle feed her and try physio to see if Betty could regain movement.

''We don't know what caused it initially but there were signs of spinal swelling,'' Walker says.''But other than that she was a quite happy little kitten because, in terms of her legs, I don't think she knew otherwise.'' 

After weeks of round-the-clock feeds and intense physio, (including Walker putting Betty on her back and gently bending and stretching her legs out) the kitten now has full use of her tail and right hind leg. Unfortunately Betty will be having surgery on Thursday for the left leg to be amputated. 

Walker says that the three-legged-cats she has met were very happy and mobile.

Once Betty has fully healed from surgery, she will be ready for adoption.

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