BUSHWICK — A feral kitten found dangling from a wire fence by his paw, needs a home and help paying his costly medical bills after his toe had to be amputated and pieces of chicken wire were removed from his intestines, his rescuers said.
The owner of a lot near Wyckoff and Troutman streets found Cecil, an orange-hued tabby strung up on a chicken wire fence last week, said Jayda Chi a local designer and cat lover, who helped trap the kitty and his four-month-old siblings.
Chi, who's taken in a number of neighborhood strays and had heard about the Wyckoff lot kittens through a friend, found a temporary home for Cecil's siblings and rushed the injured cat to the vet this weekend, she said.
His toe had to be amputated and x-rays showed two, inch-long pieces of chicken wire lodged in Cecil's stomach and intestine, Chi said.
The veterinarian told Chi that the chicken wire might pass naturally, but after the amputation when he still wasn't eating, doctors decided that they'd either have to operate or put little Cecil down.
"That's not something we would do," Chi said. "He's not our cat. He's a cat that we rescued a week ago...We want to give him a fighting chance."
"This is the right thing to do."
Emergency vets operated on little Cecil early this week and he came home to Chi's Bushwick apartment on Wednesday. He's quarantined in her bathroom, to keep him away from her seven other rescue cats, Chi said.
And already he's showing little signs that his health's improving.
"This morning...he pooped all over himself," Chi said. "I was so happy to see him poop. I texted my husband to say 'Oh my God, he pooped.'"
"It's a great sign."