What could have been a tragic day for this kitten turned triumphant thanks to a good samaritan in California.
A truck pulled up to a local PetCo store and carelessly threw an innocent kitten out of the truck window.
After falling through a thicket of bushes, the kitten landed on his face and dislocated his jaw.
Keep reading to discover how a simple act of kindness saved this kitten from suffering a tragic fate.
A Thoughtful Act for A Thoughtless Act
Thankfully, a someone saw the incident unfold and rushed to rescue the kitten.
“The store clerk saw what happened and rushed out to save the kitten,” said Anita Romero.
He contacted Purrfect Fit Cat Rescue for further assistance and they immediately sent over a group of rescuers to help.
The mystery of who cruelly threw this poor helpless kitten out of their vehicle window is still unsolved.
But one thing is certain– this sweet angel never deserved to be harmed. He was helpless.
The kitten wasn’t feral – he was very friendly. But he was starving.
The vet examined the kitten and determined he did, in fact, have a dislocated jaw.
“The vet scheduled him for emergency surgery to relocate his jaw after hearing from a specialist,” said Romero.
But rescuers were grateful there were no other serious issues found. It could have been much worse!
Trouble Along The Way
Considering his unfortunate start, he was given the name Jaws!
Jaws would need emergency surgery to have his jaw set back in place, which was easier said than done.
“The specialist said since he is so young the jaw may pop back out of place due to kitten play, etc. If this happens Jaws will basically have to have his jaw wired shut until he fully heals,” said Romero.
Staying Positive and Remaining Hopeful
There were multiple drawbacks during surgery.
After a few attempts of resetting his jaw and it continuously popping out of place, the vet was afraid of a possible hairline fracture that couldn’t be seen.
Further surgery was postponed, and kitten would be taken back to the specialist.
“He’s being such a trooper though. He eats and plays well and is just over a pound so he’s likely around 6-7 weeks,” Romero stated.
The vet and her family took Jaws into their home while he waited to see the specialist for more tests.
He was kind enough to help her with paperwork and spent a lot of time snuggling.
The Waiting Game
Upon the day of his appointment, they received some very disheartening and unexpected news.
“The dental specialist found an old fracture on his lower right jaw. That was likely inflicted prior to being tossed from the truck but it appears to be healing well,” said Romero.
The vet advised against any further surgery because of high complication rates with tiny infant kittens like Jaws.
At about 7-8 weeks old, weighing 1.4 lbs. and performing exceptionally, the vet recommended scheduling his re-evaluation when his adult teeth came in around 5 ½ months of age.
Heart Breaking News
Unfortunately, the following visits provided even more upsetting news.
The vet noticed something else could be going on that was making Jaws’s recovery more difficult.
Rescuers were informed that Jaws could possibly have cancer.
More x-rays and a STAT order on a biopsy of his jaw were immediately taken.
His rescuers patiently awaited the results and remained hopeful.
The day finally came that brought the good news everyone had been desperately hoping and praying for, the results of the biopsy were non-cancerous!
As fate would have it, through all the hardship and difficulties put in front of this baby kitten, Jaws overcame every obstacle and stayed strong.
With the love and help of his rescuers and online patrons, Jaws can now live a wonderful life that his previous owner almost took away from him.
Jaws is happy and living a wonderful life where he is loved and taken good care of.