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Slideshow: Cat Survives Severe Chemical Burns

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:30pm
Slideshow: Cat Survives Severe Chemical Burns

When ASPCA staffer Rena Lafaille saw a veterinarian cradling a tiny animal in her arms, she wondered, “Is that a turkey? What’s a turkey doing at the ASPCA Adoption Center?”

Then she realized: The tiny animal was in fact a cat—one who had suffered severe chemical burns on her back, scalp and other parts of her body. Kylie’s ears were singed off, and she couldn’t walk or close her red and cloudy eyes.

“My heart was completely broken,” remembers Rena, ASPCA Adoption Center Department Coordinator. “Ever since that moment, I’d go visit her when I was done with my office work, for 30 minutes to an hour.”

Late last year, Kylie was found hiding behind some bushes, quietly suffering, when two dogs sniffed her out while out on a walk. The dogs’ pet parent took the first step toward saving Kylie’s life: He brought her to ASPCA Animal Hospital. But Kylie’s struggle was far from over, and our veterinary staff didn’t know if she’d pull through.

“It was really touch-and-go with Kylie because she’d lost so much skin,” recalls ASPCA veterinarian Dr. Patricia Wagner, who treated Kylie. “We didn’t know if she’d be able to blink, or walk, ever again.”

Kylie needed several surgeries, specialist care and extensive treatment for her injuries. She spent months at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, where everyone fell in love with Kylie and her sweet, patient personality. “Everyone knew who Kylie was,” says Dr. Wagner. “There were so many people here pulling for her. We didn’t want to fail.”

Then one day it was clear to our veterinarians that Kylie’s recovery had turned a corner—she was out of the woods. In fact, Kylie was ready to continue her recovery in a foster home. Rena’s was an obvious choice. Rena began fostering Kylie in February, eagerly taking on the medical regime her new foster kitty required: pain medicine, fish oil and eye drops, all twice a day on a rigid schedule. To protect Kylie’s burns and promote healing, Rena purchased her a T-shirt. When the shirt didn’t quite fit, Kylie had it tailored.

Today, Kylie is an integral part of Rena’s family and fast friends with Lafaille cats Gizmo and Cleopatra, a Beagle called Maya, and Baby Jin, a four-and-a-half-pound Chihuahua who is her playmate and constant companion. Rena continues to work with Dr. Wagner on Kylie’s treatment, and they’re hopeful she won’t need medication one day.

“Kylie will never, ever give up no matter what,” Rena says. “It was her spirit that got her through this. She’s really an incredible cat.”

We can’t think of a better example of the animals our members’ support touches. If you haven’t lately, please consider making a gift to the ASPCA today. You’ll assist animals like Kylie—those already fortunate enough to be in our care, and those still waiting for our help.

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Daniel

How could this happen to this little creature?

Patricia

I thank God for you, Rena, a deeply careing loving remarkely kind hearted person, that loves animals. May God Richly Bless you for all your thoughtfullness and kindness that you show to these dear little fur babies that need miracles in life.

Barbra

words could never express what I am feeling right now. And it would not be able to post! what kind of monster , non-human, sadist can do this? what a world of hatred and disorder which we now live in. inhuman. Thank you all for taking care of this beautiful animal, and all the animals in God's kingdom. Thank you.

M. Welch

So wonderful to hear the story of her recovery. Thanks to all those involved who decided she was worth saving. I too hope one day this kitty can lead a pain and medication free life. Cheers to the ASPCA and the family and doggies who found her!

Lisa

Where is this eloquent comment from "Emma?" I can't find it.

Anonymous

God bless you all.

joyce

It is unbelievable that anyone could do this to an animal. Kylie looks so sweet. I am so glad she has a happy situation with a loving family and continues to recover. Love and Hugs to Kylie and God Bless the family who is her adopted family. I have been an ASPCA Guardian for many years now and it always encourages me to hear the happy endings.

Orna Zagiel

I have rescued 3 cats found roaming the streets. The last one , Poo, was downstairs (I live in an apartment building) sleeping in one of the box beds that I made exspecially for the street cats - they have a large bowl of water and dried food every day - and at night they receive canned food. Poo wouldn't eat or drink - just looked at me with huge dark eyes. Her bones were sticking out and she had fur missing throught her body. The second evening, I couldn't take it any more and took her late at night to a Vet hospital, she stayed there over night. I took her home and since I had to give her medicine - kept her in the apartment. Today - she is nice and fat - yes a fat cat - full of fur and is so loving that all that meet her falls in love with her. Baby gives her kisses and sleeps next to her. She was for sure someones cat that was thrown out - today she finally has a place that loves and cares for her.

Orna Zagiel

I have rescued 3 cats found roaming the streets. The last one , Poo, was downstairs (I live in an apartment building) sleeping in one of the box beds that I made exspecially for the street cats - they have a large bowl of water and dried food every day - and at night they receive canned food. Poo wouldn't eat or drink - just looked at me with huge dark eyes. Her bones were sticking out and she had fur missing throught her body. The second evening, I couldn't take it any more and took her late at night to a Vet hospital, she stayed there over night. I took her home and since I had to give her medicine - kept her in the apartment. Today - she is nice and fat - yes a fat cat - full of fur and is so loving that all that meet her falls in love with her. Baby gives her kisses and sleeps next to her. She was for sure someones cat that was thrown out - today she finally has a place that loves and cares for her.

John

I am so happy to see that Kylie is doing well now. I just do not get why anyone would ever want to harm such a beautiful, gentle animal. Thankfully the SPCA was there to nurse Kylie back to health. I do hope they find out who did this. Maybe with all of this publicity someone will come forward.

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