Thanks to the Tripawds Rescue Fund made possible by supporters like you, we were able to reimburse Tripawds member chrisef for adopting another three legged cat in need. Read on for the story of Tripawd Rescue Whimsy…
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Meet Tri-kitty Whimsy
My family and I adopted our first cat Dyson about eight years ago. Recently, I began the process of searching for another kitty at the suggestion of a doctor as an ESA (emotional support animal) for a severe anxiety disorder. After some time searching, I read about Tessa (now Whimsy Wondergirl) on the CARE (Chatham Animal Rescue and Education) website. The first sentence of her online biography was “I am the official Wondergirl!” I fell in love with her sweet face and knew I had to meet her.
The fact that she had three legs didn’t faze me, although I had no previous experience with “special needs” pets. Before the meeting, I took to the internet to find out if there was any home modifications I would have to make to help her out. This is how I came across the Tripawds community! How wonderful it is to see so many people dedicated to improving the lives of these special animals. To help with weight management, I adjusted the feeding routine for Whimsy and her brother Dyson, and have began the lifelong commitment of spoiling her with purple feather wands and catnip toys!
Playtime is one of our favorite parts of the day, and she shows me just how fast she can run and jump. Although I have not known Whimsy Wondergirl for very long, she makes each day a little brighter! We are learning together how to best set up the house for full accessibility. Nothing will stop this girl, who truly lives up to her name. She has already participated in her first CFA cat show and is learning to walk on a cat harness. We’re also looking into therapy work in nursing homes and hospitals.
To anyone looking to adopt a tripawd kitty, I would say that it is a bit of a learning experience, but more rewarding than anything else. For higher places, putting a chair or table near the area as a stepping stool helps make it more easily accessible. They adapt well to life with three legs and are just like any other cat! I am so lucky to have this sweet girl in my life!
~Chris (aka: chrisef)
living life on three legs