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Yancy, Little Yum-Yum

Updated on November 14, 2015

The Miracle Leg

By late afternoon on Friday most people are pretty much ready to settle in for a nice quiet weekend. Our day was already hectic with my husband just being released from the hospital.

We were approaching our front door when we learned of a new kitten that had been rescued. For the next 72 hours things got even “hairier”.

This is the story of a little wonder named Yancy. A kitten with remarkable strength and courage who has won the hearts of everyone she meets. Read how we unfold the real miracle of how a kitten learned to walk without a bone.

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Yancy's Diary

YANCY - All proceeds go to the N.O.A.H. Rescue Animal Shelter.

Meeting Yancy

Her formal name is Yancy, but because she is so sweet I’ve called her Yum Yum from the very beginning. This little cat graphic is exactly what Yancy would do. She would look at you and cry out waiting for you to pick her up or feed her. 

This precious little bundle was brought to the rescue center on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at 4:50 pm.  She couldn’t walk very well and had a bad limp.  It was thought that she had been hit by a car or that it could have been a birth defect.  However, since then her physical problem has been diagnosed as abuse.

We really don’t know what happened, other than Yancy’s ribs stuck out and this 7-8 week old kitten was starving and for some reason limped.

She wouldn’t let us touch her leg at all when we tried to examine her.  It appeared as if she had broken her leg. We restricted her movement and confined her to a cage where she couldn’t walk around too much, until we were sure what the problem was.

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Day 1 ~ August 3rd, 2012 - Photos are fuzzy, because this little feline wouldn't hold still.

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Yancy 8-3-2012 first day at rescue center.Photos by Favored1She had been limping and pulling herself along.She would have to wait until Monday to go to the vet.
Yancy 8-3-2012 first day at rescue center.Photos by Favored1
Yancy 8-3-2012 first day at rescue center. Photos by Favored1
She had been limping and pulling herself along.
She had been limping and pulling herself along.
She would have to wait until Monday to go to the vet.
She would have to wait until Monday to go to the vet.

How do you stop a kitten

from being a kitten? 

You don’t. 

Just learn to move faster!

Baby Yancy's First Weekend - You can't really see her limp here, but she had one.

Yancy was quarantined until she was checked out completely and her tests came back fine or normal. 

Until her surgery she was permitted some time out of her kennel area in a blocked off hallway.  This was so she wouldn’t walk on her leg much.  You’ll notice she didn’t mind telling us of her disapproval.

Kitten Bedding

K&H Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Bed

Kittens need to stay warm. This bed serves the purpose without using cords.

K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Pet Bed Small Sage 16" 4W
K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Pet Bed Small Sage 16" 4W

Soft, comfortable heated pet bed for indoor use.

Removable cover washes easily. Has a 1-year limited warranty.

Uses dual-thermostat unit to raise temperature 15 degrees above air temperature.

 

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Strict Diet

Because Yancy was so undernourished she couldn't eat very much food without having the runs.

She was restricted to just dry kitten food so her body could heal and start to grow. However she hardly ate that either. I don't think she finished more than a few bags in a year.

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The Examination

X-Rays before Surgery ~ August 6th, 2012 - Monday, and time to go to the vet.

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We had to wait to bring Yancy to the vet for 2 days. Until then she was held a lot, and kept as comfortable as possible.

Yancy was brought to the vet on Monday, August 6th, the day these were taken. From the x-rays you can see that she didn't suffer from a broken leg at all. The vet discovered that the ball and socket joint had been snapped off and her leg was dangling being held on by muscle.

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August 6th ~ What could be done? - About 7-8 weeks old and a whole 2.8 pounds!

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Photo by favored1

 You can see the marks on the x-ray where the vet had to cut. It looks like a tiny part of the bone still remained, but the bone was gone.

A pointed jagged part had to be removed. It wasn't attached but the break left a jagged part that was rubbing against the muscles and tendons, causing excruciating pain. The technical name of the surgery is, "Femoral Head Ostectomy".

If you look at the spine you will notice the right leg bone (on your left to view) is higher and the other bones are pushed over out of place.

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X-Rays ~ August 9th after Surgery - Yancy would have to wait 3 more days until she could be operated on for her broken hip. She would remain in the hospital.

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It was 6 days since Yancy was brought to the rescue center. This was taken on Thursday, August 9th, 2012 right after her surgery.Photos by Favored1Notice the right hip against the left one.  Can you see what is missing?You can also see how her left ribs are larger around the muscle area, because she used her left side to drag her body.Yancy's upper body is larger and it sort of mis-shapen.The doctor cleaned the ball out of the socket, and straightened the break so it wouldn't rub against anything.Notice that nothing is holding the leg in place but muscle and tendons.Her muscle would have to serve as the "hip" if she were to walk.
It was 6 days since Yancy was brought to the rescue center. This was taken on Thursday, August 9th, 2012 right after her surgery.Photos by Favored1
It was 6 days since Yancy was brought to the rescue center. This was taken on Thursday, August 9th, 2012 right after her surgery. Photos by Favored1
Notice the right hip against the left one.  Can you see what is missing?
Notice the right hip against the left one. Can you see what is missing?
You can also see how her left ribs are larger around the muscle area, because she used her left side to drag her body.
You can also see how her left ribs are larger around the muscle area, because she used her left side to drag her body.
Yancy's upper body is larger and it sort of mis-shapen.
Yancy's upper body is larger and it sort of mis-shapen.
The doctor cleaned the ball out of the socket, and straightened the break so it wouldn't rub against anything.
The doctor cleaned the ball out of the socket, and straightened the break so it wouldn't rub against anything.
Notice that nothing is holding the leg in place but muscle and tendons.
Notice that nothing is holding the leg in place but muscle and tendons.
Her muscle would have to serve as the "hip" if she were to walk.
Her muscle would have to serve as the "hip" if she were to walk.

Uh-Oh ... Yancy's Awake!

Friday, August 10th ~ the Day after Surgery - She had 12 stitches.

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On Friday, August 10th, 2012 Yancy was up and trying to walk in the pen.At the vet clinic hospital, although she was confined, Yancy had a room with a nice view. Photos by Favored1Her shaved leg made it look like she was wearing a boot.  They used purple for the stitches so they could see them.She played with the food as you can see.But she wasn't real happy to be in a cage.
On Friday, August 10th, 2012 Yancy was up and trying to walk in the pen.At the vet clinic hospital, although she was confined, Yancy had a room with a nice view. Photos by Favored1
On Friday, August 10th, 2012 Yancy was up and trying to walk in the pen. At the vet clinic hospital, although she was confined, Yancy had a room with a nice view. Photos by Favored1
Her shaved leg made it look like she was wearing a boot.  They used purple for the stitches so they could see them.
Her shaved leg made it look like she was wearing a boot. They used purple for the stitches so they could see them.
She played with the food as you can see.
She played with the food as you can see.
But she wasn't real happy to be in a cage.
But she wasn't real happy to be in a cage.
August 16th ~ Just lying around.
August 16th ~ Just lying around.

Toys for Kittens

Cat Craft, #124910,  Kitty Starter Kit
Cat Craft, #124910, Kitty Starter Kit

One story kitty condo with scratching post and dangling toys. Easy to assemble earth tone color.

 

Safe Toys for Kittens

Yancy was taken too early from her mother, but like all kittens they need toys to play with. She had soft toys and play animals to keep her company when she couldn't get out to play. These were toys she could have fun with that didn't require that she run or move about too much.

Kitty Starter Kit - by Cat Craft

Yancy will have to work up to this, but she will love it.

Feelin' much better and ready to play.

Kitten Yancy & Izzy 8-19-12 - She is playing with one year old Israel aka Izzy.

This was taken the day before her stitches came out. 

Yancy never missed a beat.  Since she had already been in pain from a disabled hip and leg she was accustomed to not using it.  You wouldn't have known she had surgery by the way she behaved if it weren't for the stitches.

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If they didn't come out, she'd bite them out!

August 20th ~ Before Stitches were Removed - Growing ~ 3.1 pounds already.

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Saturday, August 20th, 2012 around 11 am right before Yancy got her stitches out at the vet's.  She was anxious. Photos by Favored1Yancy being held by a co-worker volunteer at the rescue center foster field home.
Saturday, August 20th, 2012 around 11 am right before Yancy got her stitches out at the vet's.  She was anxious. Photos by Favored1
Saturday, August 20th, 2012 around 11 am right before Yancy got her stitches out at the vet's. She was anxious. Photos by Favored1
Yancy being held by a co-worker volunteer at the rescue center foster field home.
Yancy being held by a co-worker volunteer at the rescue center foster field home.

Kitten Yancy (stitches out day) - Taken at 11 a.m. right before she had them removed.

Kitten Yancy (morning of 8-20-12 stitches out day) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPo2aNmJNko

Kitten Yancy (morning of 8-20-12 stitches out day part 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bORC3nCoO7Y

Yancy Diaries will continue on You Tube - stay tuned.

August 20th, 2012 ~ Stitches Out Day at Vets

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The Doctor and a tech assistant remove the 12 stitches from little, but brave Yancy. (I think the assistant would have done her nails if she knew there would be a photo. Let's not tell her, ok. She did a great job!

Yancy & OhK August 21st
Yancy & OhK August 21st

Waiting & Healing ~ September 2012 - The next few weeks Yancy made a lot of feline friends. She thinks everyone loves her, and why wouldn't they?

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Yancy has made a friend with a 1 year old. September 7th, 2012.  Photos by Favored1.Back to the vet's for a booster shot.  By now she knows her way around the place.  Sept. 7th.September 26th, 6 days after the stitches were removed.September 27th she tried to wake up someone to play.  It didn't work.
Yancy has made a friend with a 1 year old. September 7th, 2012.  Photos by Favored1.
Yancy has made a friend with a 1 year old. September 7th, 2012. Photos by Favored1.
Back to the vet's for a booster shot.  By now she knows her way around the place.  Sept. 7th.
Back to the vet's for a booster shot. By now she knows her way around the place. Sept. 7th.
September 26th, 6 days after the stitches were removed.
September 26th, 6 days after the stitches were removed.
September 27th she tried to wake up someone to play.  It didn't work.
September 27th she tried to wake up someone to play. It didn't work.

Kitten Yancy (9-7-12 booster shot day) - She was getting used to the vet hospital.

NOOOOOOOOOOOO ...

Kitten Yancy (9-28-12 jumps off counter) - Back at the foster house rehab care.

Even though she was doing really well, Yancy had to be watched and carried carefully as her back right leg grew stronger. 

During her care time she jumped off the cabinet, something that she didn’t know she shouldn’t do.  How do you stop a kitten from being a kitten?  You don’t.  Just learn to move faster!

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Almost 4 pounds!

Yancy ~ big girl. At least in her eyes she is.

Not as much to the other cats. She'll figure it out.

October 6th, 2012 ~ Feeling Free - Around 12-14 weeks and putting on weight.

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Yancy ran up against a bigger kitty here.  He didn't stick around to play. It's hard to see any limp with the way she runs and plays.  Photo by Favored1.Yancy has to pull herself up with her front paws still, but that doesn't stop her from getting on a soft sofa.She runs, but doesn't put weight on her right leg.  It's amazing to see it.If you didn't know she was lame, you wouldn't believe it.Winning the hearts of all she meets.
Yancy ran up against a bigger kitty here.  He didn't stick around to play. It's hard to see any limp with the way she runs and plays.  Photo by Favored1.
Yancy ran up against a bigger kitty here. He didn't stick around to play. It's hard to see any limp with the way she runs and plays. Photo by Favored1.
Yancy has to pull herself up with her front paws still, but that doesn't stop her from getting on a soft sofa.
Yancy has to pull herself up with her front paws still, but that doesn't stop her from getting on a soft sofa.
She runs, but doesn't put weight on her right leg.  It's amazing to see it.
She runs, but doesn't put weight on her right leg. It's amazing to see it.
If you didn't know she was lame, you wouldn't believe it.
If you didn't know she was lame, you wouldn't believe it.
Winning the hearts of all she meets.
Winning the hearts of all she meets.

Back to the Doctors ~URI

Upper Respitory Infection ~ but she weighs about 4.1 pounds now.

She has developed an upper-respiratory infection.  Her tiny nostrils are the size of the end of a toothpick and were clogged.  At first it looked like her nose was wet and she dipped it in the corn husk litter.   If it weren’t serious, it would have been funny to see it.

Another visit to the vets on October 8th she was put on an anti-biotic and is responding well to the treatment.  You can tell by the way she fights back.  Yancy had to be cradled like a baby to give her medicine.

Learning to Take Her Meds ~ October 11th, 2012

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October 2012

It has been 2 months since Yancy arrived, but she is doing better each day. You can hardly see a limp any more.

A righteous human cares for and regards the life of his animal (pet).
Proverbs 12:10

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Furreal Pets

Not ready for a real pet?  FURREAL pets make a great transitional tool for a child who may want a kitten.  Let them practice on a toy pet first, and teach them the responsibilies of caring for a pet before it ever arrives.

Special Needs Kitties

Nature's Miracle Just for Cats Corn Cob Cat Litter

Cats that have been in surgery need special litter to prevent infecton. Yancy used a corn husk base that is very clean and almost dust free. It didn't stick to her wound.

Nature's Miracle Odor Control Corn Cob Clumping Cat Litter, 10 lbs (5310)
Nature's Miracle Odor Control Corn Cob Clumping Cat Litter, 10 lbs (5310)

Corn cob litter is cleaner to use for animals that have health issues.

 

Cat Health Care & Tips Including CPR - Things you should know before adopting a cat.

CPR: Cat Health Care Tips: How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a Cat Cat Health Care https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmNl9X50jxk

Tips: How to Safely Trim Long-Hair Cats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5srCLE0iJLU

How to train a kitten to play gently - Cat training tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2yKokYyZsw

Tips for bringing home a new cat - How to bring a kitten home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s0AXJtLL0Y

Tips to introducing a new cat to other cats and dogs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmnaysJbrK0

How to understand your cat's body language and mood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goKrh5DYOJc

How To Talk To Your Cat How to Teach a Cat to Walk on a Leash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8ygBgYosJs

How to Avoid Cat Bites How to Train Your Cat Not to Bite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prmN1zhZoeY

Did you know only 20% of cats are adopted from shelters?

Yancy ~ October 12th, 2012
Yancy ~ October 12th, 2012

Update ~ October 15th, 2012

Back in the hospital.

Over the weekend Yancy developed a fever.  She hardly moved around and barely ate anything.  A trip to the vet this morning revealed that she had crushed a nail on her front paw.  This was probably due to the fact that she relies on her front leg to carry the weight of her back leg.

The infected nail was causing the high fever.  It was clipped and mended with, get this, "gorilla glue."  It will not hurt her, and allows her to walk on her leg.  She may still lose the nail, but for now it is ok.  

Her URI (see details above) is being treated with a new medication, since the first one hasn't done the job.  Thankfully, the fever is gone and she is moving around a bit.  She still weighs 4.1 pounds, so that's good she hasn't lost any weight. 

LEGO Friends Heartlake Vet

Has your pet ever had to go to the doctor's? Mia needs to take her pets to Veterinarian Sophie for examinations. Want to play along?

LEGO Friends Heartlake Vet 3188
LEGO Friends Heartlake Vet 3188

Set includes: Mia and Veterinarian Sophie mini-doll figures, also includes horse Bella, dog Scarlett and hedgehog Oscar, aquarium, examination table, mailbox, horse pen, hedgehog cage, x-ray and scale, thermometer, clipboard, ice pack, stethoscope, spoon, syringe, registration chart and flower accessory pack with 3x4 flowers, 4 butterflies and 4 ladybirds.

 

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @notsuperstitious1: She is special. We all love her.

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      Edith Rose 3 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for giving Yancy a good home.

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      Im into that 4 years ago

      Excellent lens! Hope all is well

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      You have a tabby too? I have an orange tabby too!! Thanks for sharing Yancy's story. She is adooorbs!!!!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Oh Yancy is soooo cute!!!!!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      What an amazing journey - I hope to read more about Yancy's adventures!

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      LaurenIM 5 years ago

      Aww thank you for taking us through her little journey. She is so cute!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sweet little thing. Yancy is a really brave and lucky cat. Fantastic lens, thank you for sharing.

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      Mr-Panda LM 5 years ago

      I wish Yancy a speedy recovery! You are sooo cute!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really appreciate your lens. Fantastic attitude!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      @Dressage Husband: Yancy is back at the hospital as I write. Still waiting for word. Thanks for the visit.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Greate lense m8. Thanks for sharing...

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I love your graphics and really hope that Yancy continues to do well and thrives. Robin sez be strong kiiie Yancy!

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      Yvonne L. B. 5 years ago from Covington, LA

      Thank you for rescuing Yancy and the others. I have 4 rescued cats & 2 of them are black beauties like Yancy. ***Blessed***