Brando looks a little smaller than he really is, primarily because he has no tail. The shelter from which he came to us noted that he was found as a stray with a severe tail injury, and his tail had to be amputated. In addition, the head of his femur (that is, the top of his thigh bone) was fractured on one side. That sounds very bad, but it doesn’t affect his getting around at all, and he’s not in pain. There’s nothing to do about such a fracture, but he may have issues with arthritis further down the line, perhaps earlier in life than another cat would. He’s also a little sensitive about being touched around his tail area, understandably enough.
From his personality, you’d never know that Brando had had such a rough beginning in life. He’s a sweet boy, who genuinely likes people. If you put your face close to his and speak gently, chances are he’ll rub his head all over yours. Our best guess is that Brando is about 14 months old as of this writing (late February, 2009).
We’d like to see Brando go to the loving home he deserves. Can you help?