Medical Care for Sammy, cat hit by a car

Our programs main mission is to spay/neuter outdoor cats.  In addition we also try and help injured outdoor cats that are in need of medical care.  In late August 2020, "Sammy" was found crawling along side a county road.  He was unable walk and was bleeding from his nose.  A kind family stopped to help him, and took him home.  They reached out to us for help with medical care.  Sparta Vet evaluated Sammy.  He was found to have head trauma, a broken tooth and a deep laceration to his hip.   He was treated and released to a foster home to recover for 2 weeks until sutures were to be removed (and neutered).  It was also a time to assess his behavior.  During his 2 week stay, he acted "feral", wanting no interaction with his foster, sometimes not using the litter box and scratching up the wall to the window.   He returned to Sparta Vet for suture removal and neuter.  He seemed to be healing well and the plan was to find him an outdoor home, although he was still tender on his leg.   After posting his story, we received an email from Janet.  She had provided rehab to many other rescue cats in the past that acted as "feral" but turned out to be simply misunderstood due to different situations (and most ended up being adoptable to indoor homes!).  "It's not always as it seems, and I have said this many times in my experience working with fearful cats" (quoted from Janet).   She volunteered to foster Sammy and get a better insight on his behaviors.  Within a few days, we learned a lot!  And by the end of the week, she knew their was definitely some pain issues possibly causing his behavior.  "After a few days I scratched my head and thought something isn't right. He is eating tuna off my fingertips but will also strike at me, but he doesn't really run from me. He tends to stay in one place for hours and his gait isn't right. "I think he is in pain"" (quoted from Janet).    It was time to do further testing.   "He was sedated and evaluated and was found to have a broken lower leg and hip!  So off to surgery this afternoon, and he is now out of surgery. Femoral head osteotomy (FHO), removed the head of the thigh bone that was already broken off and smoothed down the top of the bone. Apparently it had sharp fragments that were cutting into him when he moved. He should be much more comfortable now"   Big shout out to Dr. Langhoff and Dr. Kubica and their staff at Castlerock Veterinary hospital today for getting him to surgery right away (quoted from Janet and seconded by all of us!!).  We don't know what happened that day of his trauma but we do know he is going to be ok and with some time to mend, will possibly even get a chance at being adopted and move into his forever home, leaving all this pain and tragedy behind him.   Our program was able to cover the expenses of his initial treatment and neuter/vaccines but orthopedic surgery is expensive (and well worth every penny!) so we are asking for community help with this community kitty.51774830_160219918390484_r.jpeg 
I am not able to post the receipt from Sammy's surgery on this page but will add it to our Facebook page Sparta TNR Alter-Ations.
A BIG thank you to EVERYONE involved in Sammy's journey, from the family that rescued him off the road to the vet team that did his first evaluation, to his angel rehabber Janet  and the vet team that is caring him now.  "It takes a village" Thank you.







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Jerri Pelkey 
Sparta, WI
Alter-Ations Inc 
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