Amidst a garden fire emergency, neighbors swiftly rallied to extinguish the flames, thinking everything was under control and everyone was safe. However, their assurance was disrupted by faint cries emanating from the debris. Upon investigating, they discovered a small paw peeking out from behind the pile. The little kitten, severely injured in the fire, was in critical need of urgent assistance.
In a press statement, Luka Atkinson, the reception supervisor at RSPCA Felledge, expressed, “Phoenix arrived in an extremely distressing condition. At just 6 weeks old, it was heartbreaking for us to see such a tiny kitten in that state. The skin on her pads had been burned off, and the fur on her face, belly, and legs had been singed—she was fortunate to have survived.”
The staff at RSPCA promptly bathed and bandaged Phoenix, ensuring her skin remained cool and moisturized. Additionally, she was administered a variety of medications to help her endure the challenging ordeal. Despite the initial appearance of severe injuries upon her arrival, Phoenix’s condition unfortunately deteriorated further over the next three days.
“The veterinarian clarified that Phoenix’s injuries were caused by heat burns from the blaze, not direct flame burns,” Atkinson remarked. “This meant that it took a few days for the complete extent of her injuries to manifest. Initially, her fur seemed singed and fuzzy, but it progressively started to fall out.”
After a brief period, Phoenix’s health started to improve, and the tiny kitten began to mend at a gradual pace. Despite her injuries and altered appearance, Phoenix has demonstrated herself to be an exceptionally energetic and affectionate little cat. Throughout her recovery, she has continued to relish playing with other kittens at the shelter and receiving abundant affectionate hugs from the staff.
Phoenix’s current appearance is altered as the hair on her eyelids has not yet regrown. Her eyelids are undergoing treatment with frequent applications of eye drops, and the medical team is optimistic that they will be fully healed soon. Despite the unusual appearance of her eyelids, everyone who is acquainted with Phoenix hopes that it won’t discourage people. Despite all she has endured, she remains the most endearing kitty.