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After March attack, Kamloops cat recovering and living with new family

Skitter B is pictured in this contributed photo after his tail amputation.
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July 20, 2016 - 1:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - Skitter B has found a forever home.

Kamloops SPCA manager Alyssa Kyllo says the cat is living with his new family as he continues to recover from a violent attack in early March.

“They’re quite in love with him,” Kyllo says. “They’re super happy with him. Skitter is slowly warming up to their dog right now.”

Skitter is still taking regular trips to the Aberdeen Animal Hospital though, as he hasn’t fully recovered from the attack which fractured his spine in two places and resulted in the amputation of his tail. Someone either picked Skitter up by the tail and drop kicked him or he was kicked, or struck in a similar way, from behind, she says.

“The nerves in his tail didn’t come back,” she says. “Now he looks like a little black bear.”

Kyllo says in the short term the cat is going through something akin to a phantom limb, which people with amputations report. Long term he may get arthritis earlier than other cats, but other than that he should be able to lead a full life.

While Skitter is the most famous cat they’ve had recently at the Kamloops SPCA, she says there are other cats the organization has taken to vets and now need homes. The shelter has reduced adoption fees for adult cats by 50 per cent from until July 26.

Find past stories about Skitter B here.

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