Burned Kitten Recovering at Nebraska Humane Society
Omaha, NE - She was found on the side of the road with burns covering her left side. Now, Hope the kitten, is on the road to recovery.
Hobbling around on all fours with bright purple bandages covering her left side, this truly is a story of hope.
Not just in the sense her name is Hope, but the hope she brings through survival after suffering devastating burns.
"You can see some of the little spots, the ones we're really working on are tucked under there and it looks like that on the front and the back," said veterinarian Elizabeth Farrington.
Someone found the kitten last month with life threatening burns on the left side of her only pound and a half body.
For a time, no one was sure if the kitten would survive.
"It was actually more extensive than we first thought, so we went ahead and started what's called hydrotherapy," said Farrington. "That’s where we're running warm water over the legions for up to 10 minutes twice a day to soften the tissue up and get the healthy tissue growing."
Her skin also required antibiotics and specialized wraps over the burn areas.
It’s a painful process to help replace the dead skin.
"Basically what she has to do is grow new skin," said Farrington. "She’s doing a good job, it's taking her some time but she'll get there eventually."
A trouper, now playful as ever and not camera shy. She's shuffling and stumbling to get where she's going.
From her cage a little meow and purr to let everyone know she's ok.
It’s a show of strength and hope from a kitten not ready to use any of her nine lives.
"She’ll have one good side, one different side but she'll make a full recovery," said Farrington.
Her recovery could take weeks to months.
The Nebraska Humane Society is not sure how the kitten got the burns.
It's not clear if it was intentional, a chemical burn, or if she was cold and crawled somewhere where she got burned.