While at her veterinary clinic in Istanbul, Turkey, Ahsen encountered a three-legged kitten. The tabby cat had suffered a severe leg injury in a road accident, leading to her rescue and subsequent transfer to a veterinary clinic. Recognizing that her injured leg could not be saved, the decision was made for ᴀᴍᴘᴜᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.
“I went to see her, and she was lying in a cast-legged cage. She reached out with her tiny front paw, as if she didn’t want me to leave,” shared Ahsen. “They informed me that the kitten wouldn’t return to the shelter and would require a home after treatment.”
Ahsen departed from the clinic that day, unable to shake thoughts of the kitten from her mind. At home, all of her cats were rescues, some with special needs. The persistent thoughts about the three-legged kitten prompted Ahsen to revisit the clinic. If the kitten was still there, Ahsen resolved to adopt her and ensure she received the best life she deserved.
A few days later, the kitten found her forever home with Ahsen. Upon their reunion, she nuzzled into Ahsen’s hand and purred contentedly. “We named her Ekim, which means October in Turkish,” Ahsen shared.
The affectionate kitten displayed immense joy at being home and embraced by her beloved human. Placing her front paw on Ahsen’s hand, she quickly drifted off to sleep. “She was very emotional and happy right from the start.” Ahsen dedicated her time to staying with the kitten throughout the day, ensuring she felt loved and secure. “She would cry if left alone, so I wrapped her up like a burrito with a blanket, and it made her feel safe.”
Ekim’s healing journey unfolded amidst the love of her newfound family. She craved cuddles and would affectionately hold Ahsen’s hand during nighttime slumbers. Growing stronger each day, the determined kitten adapted to walking on three legs. Despite being in a cast, Ekim refused to let anything hinder her, persistently engaging in activities typical of a four-legged cat. “She explored the house independently for the first time and even managed to use the litter tray on her own.”
Once her cast was removed, Ekim displayed boundless excitement, racing around the house as if she owned every corner. She joyfully slid into a soft bed, exploring the sensation of the fabric against her undressed body. Ekim’s outgoing nature and playfulness became evident as she sprinted faster than other kittens on all fours, demonstrating impressive climbing and jumping skills.
Ahsen shared, “All the other resident cats treat her like one of their own, particularly the paralyzed cat, Hayko. They always spend time together.”
The three-legged cat has formed a strong bond with Hayko, a cat paralyzed from the waist down. Thanks to her companionship, Hayko has experienced increased energy and playfulness. The two share a remarkable chemistry, as if they possess an innate understanding of each other.
It has been more than two months since Ekim found her forever home. She has blossomed into a joyful, healthy, and energetic tabby, surrounded by a large and loving family. Her three legs in no way impede her zest for life.
“She’s my little one-winged angel, the cutest cat I’ve ever seen in my life.”
This three-legged kitten has become an adored member of the woman’s family, serving as a poignant reminder of the beauty found in compassion, acceptance, and the unconditional love that animals can offer. Ekim’s courage and adaptability have inspired all who know her, showcasing the strength and resilience that emerge in the face of challenges.
This heartwarming story serves as a testament to the transformative power of compassion and the profound connection that can develop between humans and animals. It underscores the capacity of animals, regardless of physical differences, to touch our lives, impart valuable lessons, and bring immense joy and love into our homes.