Originally Posted by huggles
wow he sure is away from his Mom early - whats this little ones story? Sure is adorable
Looks extremley young to me as well
Reno's part of a litter of six (huge litter.. o_o). He's the runt of his litter so he's pretty small compared to the rest. As I said, he was in an unfortunate accident. He and his brother Rude are in the habit of breaking away from the rest of the litter and exploring together. For the longest time we thought they were the only two kittens 'cause we never saw any others (they're outdoor cats).
Our porch light was burnt out for a while and both Reno and Rude being grey makes them extremely hard to see at night. Reno happened to be on the porch one night and my mom came home from work late, unfortunately unaware he was there. She went into the house and he tried to follow her inside, and she accidentally wound up closing the door on his paw. It was horrible
. I won't go into the gorey details but it messed up his paw very badly.
The vet wound up having to amputate his paw just past the wrist area. Fortunately he still has a bit of pad on the end so it's tough enough for him to walk on. He finally had his last cast removed a few weeks ago. The wound is totally closed up now and looking really good. He's walking on it and everything.
We were forced to keep him inside the house away from his family because there was concern about the other cats messing with his leg. The other cats also tend to dissappear now and then (they have lots of places to hide) and if Reno dissappeared when it was time to take him to the vet for a cast replacement he stood the chance of severe infection. It was very important we keep track of him so we could take him for his regular weekly checkups.
He's pretty well acclimated to indoor life and I let him out now and then to visit his siblings. When he was still nursing I alternated between bottle feeding him and locking him on the porch with his mother to make sure he was able to get all the necessary nutrients. He's a very happy and energetic healthy little kitty. You'd never know he was disabled by the way he gets around. He's a real sweet-heart.
Those pictures were taken toward the end of September, so he's a bit over 2 months old now.
Here's his whole litter: