Take a minute to think about a person who’s been in a serious car accident, someone who ended up with multiple skull fractures, femural fractures, and head trauma. That unlucky individual is going to require good medical care and some time to get well. Now, think about the same sort of injuries happening to a cat—specifically, our Riley. We were told be a number of veterinary professionals that he couldn’t survive his injuries, which were almost certainly the result of being hit by a car. And it’s true that we didn’t know for some time if Riley would live, and, if he did, what kind of shape he’d be in. But we’re Tabby’s Place, and if you want to know the meaning of the word "dedication", look in the dictionary and you’ll find pictures of our vet team and our staff.
It seems incredible that Riley could have healed up as well as he has, but we’ve watched it happen day by day. Among other procedures, he had surgery to place a pin in one hind leg. It’s possible, though unlikely, that over time that pin could migrate or become problematic, but if it does, it should be a relatively easy matter to remove it. You’d never know he had the surgery by watching him walk, however. If you notice anything unusual about Riley, it might be that his right eye deviates slightly from a normal vision path. That was due to one of his facial fractures, but it does not hinder his vision at all. And you’ll certainly see his stumpy tail, but he was probably born that way; it wasn’t the result of his accident.
Riley is on the large side. He has a white stripe down his nose, white on all four paws, and white on his chin, his chest, and his tummy. The rest of his coat is a darker grey. We think he was born early in 2012. While Riley is terrific with people, he can be a little sensitive about having his hind end touched. He’d probably be OK around well-behaved small children, but only under supervision. Riley does not seem to like other felines, so for the present we are mandating that he go to a home with no other cats. One important note: Riley MUST LIVE INDOORS ONLY, no exceptions! He’s had more than enough outdoor adventure for this lifetime.
This guy is a true survivor. We know he deserves a loving "forever" home; are you the special person who can provide that for him?