This is an Amazing story of
Courage and Determination
of a wee little Singapura
a 5 week old Singapura kitten, who mysteriously one morning was
totally paralyzed from her waist down, back legs dragging, cold
and lifeless, her upper torso warm and she her self was running
a temp of 39.9, mad rush to the Vets, x-rays were done and my
Vet thought it was rickets, mum still feeding and kittens not
eating any solid food as yet, (typical of this queens babies),
he wanted to put her to sleep due to the severity of her
paralysis, l was not happy with this and said NO, it just didn’t
make any sense.
took her home and separated her from her siblings, bottle fed
her, then searched their room, although my Vet said if it was a
spider bite and due to her being so young she would have died
fairly quickly, so it seemed to be rickets, mum and babies were
in the ensuite due to the mother liking privacy and a quite
place. I was still convinced it was a spider bite of some sort.
After searching under everything and moving things l found two
tail spiders, l rang my Vet, was told she would not probably
survive and l should consider euthanasia, due to her size and
age, a small kitten was not going to survive a bite.
I gave her an injected of histamil, (on his advice) & also
started cold water massages every two hours on her tiny lifeless
hind legs, rubbed pure Alovera gel all over her hind legs and
hip area. In her milk bottle l gave her crushed Vit C with a
dash of Nutra gel vitamin supplement and Protexin powder.
The massaging continued for 5 days every 2 hours, to try and
stop the swelling and the heat that was consuming the lower half
of her tiny little body, mind you at this stage she is as bright
as a button. After this point, the swelling was starting to
subside a little, she was not on antibiotics so started her on
Antirobe Liquid, once a day, after speaking to my Vet.
so distressed and just couldn’t put her to sleep, she would hug
our face when picked up and lick your nose, such a happy baby,
racking my brain of what to do, many sleepless nights, spent
with her in my arms asleep.
second week, her right hind leg was shriveling, swelling & heat
now gone down, and only having cold water massages four times a
rubbing in the Alovera gel, by the Friday,
(hope you all have strong tummies,) her
hind leg was coming away from her body, yes l hit the
panic button, rang Vet, once again l was told that her out come
was not good, and perhaps now we should consider euthanasia.
Well l do not give up easily and she was not giving up, she had
started to use her litter, dragging herself to a bread & butter plate with a
small amount of paper litter in it, and had also stared eating Royal Canin baby
cat biscuits, she didn’t want to touch red meat or any thing else offered to
her, but was gaining weight and was still so bright.
All weekend l rubbed in the Alovera gel and plugged this gapping
hole with it, by the Sunday morning her hind leg was only
hanging by a tiny
bit of healthy skin, no smell to the huge hole in which we could
thigh bone clearly, no necrotic tissue. she was hopping around
and was so very responsive, so l snipped off the tiny thread of
skin, which was becoming a nuisance and hindering her movement.
Unable to bandage or try to keep the hole closed which was
around the size of a 50 cent piece, l just kept pumping the
wound with Alovera every hour, spotless bedding at all times.
Monday this hole was an amazing small wound (about the size of a
5 cent piece)
Her toes on her other back leg were also now shriveling and too
of her tail, her strength and determination to move around by
was so emotional, l would just cry a soon as l picked her up,
not showing any signs of discomfort, pain, eating really well
including red meat and chicken. Growing stronger each day in her
front shoulders and such confidence in maneuvering herself
So back to the Vet on the Monday with her little shriveled leg
jar, he was in shock, but knew now not to mention ending it for
was getting around in her box, eating well and toilet trained.
By the end of that week the toes that we shriveling had just
off, like a piece of dried wood and so to the tip of her tail.
Today she is 7 months old cat ,who has two fine front legs, 3/4
of her back left
leg with just her toes missing and her tail tip.
Her name is "Precious" she can out run any thing around here,
jumps onto the bed and off, which always makes me shudder. She
runs around using her back leg as a rudder, so to speak, but
when she is excited, (chasing her toy mouse) she flings herself
up and hand stands and runs on her front two legs.
When you call her she comes bolting from where ever she is, up
to you and asks to be picked up, grabs your face in her two
front paws and smooches and licks your face. She now uses the
big hooded litter trays and takes no
nonsense from any one. She is “Precious” !
Nature is a wonderful thing, it appears that the cold water
have lessened the damage to her muscle tissue and Alovera may
have prevented the
tissue from rotting as would normally occur as seen in spider
she was only on Antirobe Liquid (antibiotic) for 5 days in the
early days. The wound healed quickly (5 days) after her leg
dropped off and my Vet is still amazed,
especially when l let her loose at the surgery and she chases
around, and can she move, blink and you will miss her.
My Vet who has been so very supportive is going to do a
Veterinary paper on her for the Veterinary Journal, as she is a
very special case, and may give so help to other cats who have
been bitten by a spider. All the cold water massages is believed
to have contributed to why she has survived . The toxin from the
spider bite was minimized and contained within the area that she
was first bitten, which the body discarded.
there will be some of you who will be horrified that l allowed
to live & go through all of this, but if she had shown any signs
of distress or refusal to eat l would have certainly put her to
sleep, but those big bright green eyes of hers and watching her
use her toilet, the loving way in which she uses her front paws
to touch your face in the wee hours of the night while sucking
on her bottle so very contentedly, l just couldn’t do it.
not have a problem with a 2 ¾ legged cat and she certainly does
not think she is any different from the rest of the cats in our
home. She is a SINGAPURA, the worlds smallest Pedigreed cat, a
breed that l believe has an enormous amount of determination and
courage to survive, after all their origins are that of the
drain cats of Singapore in the beginning. Today they are a
National Treasure and featured on the Singapore tourist
information sheets. They are one of the Cat worlds rarest &
best kept secret.
Life is special in all forms.
by no means saying that Alovera stopped any infection, but it is
all that l used apart from Antirobe Liquid, together with a
Vitamin Supplement & a pro biotic powder.
Cat or Kitten suspected of being bitten by a spider should be
seen by a Veterinarian immediately.
Registered Specialist Breeder
Feline Control Council, Victoria
Patience Vet: Dr Jim Euclid, (Cat Lovers Vet Clinic)