Slideshow: Cat Survives Severe Chemical Burns

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

When ASPCA staffer Rena L. 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, Rena 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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Debra Hess Cabrera

Being in animal rescue, this is heartfelt, knowing someone cared enough to save Kylie's precious life.

linda yatta





She is beautiful! Poor baby though :( But she looks very happy and actually rather calm. I'd just hug her to death x3


Good dogs for saving his life .I praise you for this and the dog's owner for bringing her to the vets. Please keep us pet lovers posted on His recovery

Wendy De Silva

Such a wonderful thing the vets and Rena's doing for this poor little cat.
What a needless horrible painful thing to happen to her. If someone doesn't like animals or doesn't want the animal anymore, give it away, leave at a shelter, police station, hospital or church, they will take it to a shelter.
I hope they find you - the person or persons who did this awful, awful thing to this defenseless animal and make you
suffer too.

Sandy Z

That poor baby. She must truly have a large, generous heart to be able to trust people again. I hope she makes a full recovery and has a great life filled with love.


God truly loves Kylie and is well on the way to helping her have the strength to heal. All with the help of the ASPCA. My husband is a monthly donator to this amazing organization. And the two pups who saw her suffering and called attention to her need - strengthens the belief that animals do love and care for one another. We can learn so much by this little girl's trust.

Nuala Galbari

Thank you, Emma, for your lovely sentiments. This atrocity deeply affects anyone who cares for sentient beings on this Earth; it is a heartbreaking story. We are all inspired by Kylie's courage, thankful for all the kindness, generosity and care that has been showered upon her and for the excellent medical attention she is receiving. For your guardianship, Rena, and all your love -- thank you. Kylie is an amazing little character and the new happiness and hope in her gentle eyes speaks volumes. Bless you all for your care. To Kylie -- you will always know only love, affection and kindness from now onwards, among loved ones and friends -- human and feline.


hello, I love the way Emma spoke about Kylie and the wonderful job everyone did and are doing to help her heal comfortably. God bless all of you.
I get a smile on my face reading about stories like these knowing I help just a tiny
bit by contributing each month to the ASPCA.
Kylis is surrounded by many animal and human friends, it brightens my heart.