Strong, Stoic, Sparta was rescued by Purr Partners from the Duplin County Animal Shelter. No one knew that this sweet kitten was suffering with horrific internal injuries. He was scheduled for neuter, shortly after his arrival that is when his injuries were discovered.
The vet could see that he was having difficulty breathing and he became progressively worse. Sparta was working extremely hard to breathe, his respirations were rapid, any slight stress caused him to struggle for more air. Every breath was exhausting, his little abdominal muscles were working so hard and managed to get just enough air in and out of his lungs to keep him alive.
Sparta was diagnosed with a diaphragmatic rupture, most likely a result of blunt force trauma. Upon more testing and X-rays it appears that two of his ribs had been fractured at some point and were left untreated. We believe that he was either stepped on or kicked as a tiny kitten. Greater than 50% of his diaphragm had a gaping opening which had allowed his stomach, liver, and intestines to enter the chest cavity.
The abdominal contents were compressing his lungs and prevented them from fully inflating, causing respiratory distress. One lung was nearly collapsed and his heart has been pushed so far back that it is literally in his back!
In the short two months of his life and barely weighing 2 pounds this tiny kitten had been subjected to extreme cruelty. We have no idea how long he had been suffering.
Undergoing a successful surgery at Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital the surgeon was able to repair the rupture in his diaphragm. Sparta’s prognosis is favorable; he will be in the hospital until he is stable after which he will continue his recovery at the home of his foster family.
Question: Should we put all this money into one cat when there are so many out there? We have been asked this many times, and we have heard the comments. While there is no one right or wrong answer, here is our position.
So, our answer to this question is YES! We should put all this money into saving Sparta AND we will continue to save as many as we can – just like we always do!
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