Small but Mighty
“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”
Animals have the ability to overcome amazing adversities, even the tiniest of kittens. All they need is the chance.
When Lexi was just a week old, her mother was hit by a car on a remote road that ran past her home.
Unable to care for the orphaned kittens, Lexi’s owner surrendered her and her two brothers to a local rescue.
The kittens eventually made their way to Homeward Pet where they were placed in foster care and continued to grow big and strong. Little Lexi was the most outgoing of them all. She was peppy and playful, always wrestling with her brothers or batting around toy mice.
When Lexi was seven-weeks-old though, she was struggling to keep up with the rough and tumble lifestyle. Despite her fierce personality, she was showing signs of pain and distress. Lexi developed a limp and as she grew her right hind leg appeared twisted and swollen.
Homeward Pet’s veterinarian suspected her ankle was dislocated, and that she’d been born with this condition. Homeward Pet staff immediately scheduled x-rays and a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon—who confirmed our diagnosis.
Lexi was suffering from an abnormality that caused her ankle and shin to be malformed—one that most likely developed in utero.
Amputation was the best solution to guarantee Lexi a pain-free life. Lexi underwent surgery and two days after the operation, she was back to her spirited and spry self.
Not long after that, Lexi stole the heart of one of our very own volunteers, Jamie, and she quickly became part of a family.
Here is Jamie’s most recent Lexi update, now named Hopper!
“We adopted Hopper aka Lexi two months ago and she has become a wonderful, wild and sweet member of our cat family.
Already having a cat that has had leg surgeries, I immediately fell in love with Hopper when I saw her recovering. She was so sweet and silly I couldn’t resist her. I went home that day and couldn’t stop talking about her with my family. Already having three happy cats in our house we knew it might not be a good idea to bring in another. The following week I was surprised to see her again and I knew I had to have her. We brought her home and it has been the best experience.
We followed all of the steps to introducing a new cat, and thankfully our resident cats took to her fairly quickly. I was able to trust them alone together just 8 days after bringing her home. I would like to think our fireplace had something to do with it too. Our sibling cats (also adopted from Homeward Pet) love to sleep in front of the fire. Hopper quickly realized what a great idea that was and she slowly started making her way into the cat pile.
Hopper is such a sweet and silly kitty, she has been such a wonderful addition to our family.
Thank you, Ashley and Homeward Pet.” – Jamie, Homeward Pet Volunteer