A group of children were playing outside their apartments in arizona when they came across a tiny kitten. Initially, they may have wanted to play with it, but soon it was clear she was in no state to play, writes kittencatpost.
They did the right thing and brought the tiny bundle straight to their parents who called Kathy Hamel, director of Arizona Shih Tzu and Small Breed Rescue.
Her rear legs, apparently broken earlier, had been wrapped in some sought of crude casts? As soon as Kathy arrived she knew this little kitten had to be taken to her vet for evaluation of those legs.
One of the little kids who had brought the kitten to their parents came along with Kathy. She was probably 3 or 4 years old, she had named the kitten Cupcake and Kathy promised her she would keep the name.
It’s so good to see these kids were kind to Cupcake and helped her, some kids can be cruel like these kids were to this kitten.
Once they arrived at the vet’s they found the casts had to be soaked in water so they could be removed.
The veterinarian removed Cupcake’s cast and the worst was expected, after all, they were only covered in wooden splints and pieces of fabric. One of the casts was wrapped so tightly around the kitten’s tiny leg it had to soak a little longer.
Though neither the vet nor Kathy had ever seen anything like it. the rudimentary casts had done the job.
Kathy said, “besides the strange apparatus that she was dragging around behind her she was so incredibly tiny! She looked so much bigger in the picture I had been sent.” It’s unclear who put the casts on 6-week-old Cupcake and left her outside, but it took little time for her to warm up to her new human friends
“She is a tough little girl with a wonderful spirit,” Hamel said. “She has been so tolerant of all the pulling and washing and prodding and needles and thermometers and being handled by countless people, all who are only trying to help her. She purrs and craves attention and seems to hold no ill will towards humans for whatever they have done to her.”
She now has a foster family arranged and waiting to take her home
The kitten weighed only a pound then the casts were removed, and still needs to gain some weight before she can leave the shelter. Thankfully, Cupcake already has a foster family waiting to help her along as she recovers.
Cupcake is growing healthier every day.
“She pushes her head against your finger to make you rub on her and scratch her head,” Hamel said. “She loves to be petted but is so tiny you can only pet her with [a] finger or two and not a whole hand yet.”
This story originally appeared on kittencatpost.com