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A Three-Pawed Hero’s Tale, the Tiny Kitten with a Giant Zest for Life

Posted in Cat Stories - Last Updated: November 17, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: November 17, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

The heartwarming story of Acorn, a resilient and adorable kitten, is a tale of hope and love. It was late last month when fate brought Acorn to a veterinary clinic, a tiny ball of fur in desperate need of help.

A caring person had discovered her in a parking lot, her leg injured and her future uncertain.

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Acorn's journey began when she accidentally hitched a ride on a car carrier (trailer), traveling across state lines.

The poor kitten's ordeal left her with a broken femur, and sadly, the best course of action was amputation.

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Before she had her surgery, all of the staff at the clinic took a moment to meet Acorn and she quickly melted their hearts.

It was clear from the start that this tiny warrior had an indomitable spirit, as well as a heart full of love.

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"She was found on a Tuesday and had surgery on Thursday. The vet clinic kept us fully informed every step of the way.

She was so sweet from day one - the updates from the vet clinic were all of a sweet, purring, biscuit-making little baby."

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Acorn quickly captured the hearts of everyone who crossed her path. Weighing in at just two pounds, she was adorned with an e-collar to aid in her recovery.

Yet, despite the challenges she faced, Acorn found solace and safety with Aimee, a director at Be Their Voice Animal Rescue. 

She was provided with a cozy place to rest and an endless supply of nourishing food to fuel her tiny body.

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"At eight weeks old, it's hard to keep a kitten from 'kittening'. I would let her out of the cone to eat and get a little bit of supervised cone-free playtime."

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Aimee was amazed at how swiftly Acorn adapted to her new life with only three legs. Her resilience and determination were nothing short of inspiring.

"She was so fast and not at all bothered by the fact that she lost a leg."

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Acorn's recovery was marked by her boundless energy, playfulness, and unwavering affection. It was as though she refused to let her surgery define her.

She embodied the spirit of a joyful kitten, embracing life with all the enthusiasm in the world.

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Like a true trooper, Acorn took her medications without complaint and wore her e-collar without fuss.

She returned to her enclosure for rest as needed, always ready to bounce back into action when playtime and cuddles were on the agenda.

Her purring and paw-kneading served as a constant reminder of her contentment and zest for life.

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A glimpse of a toy was all it took to ignite Acorn's playful spirit.

She would launch herself toward the toy, displaying a flurry of bunny-kicks with her single hind leg, a testament to her determination and resilience.

"Nothing is going to hold her back."

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After two weeks of nurturing care and respite, Acorn bid farewell to her e-collar and had her stitches removed.

She was now ready to explore the world with unbridled curiosity and an eagerness for adventure.

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"She has the sweetest disposition. She loves to be held and look out the window, purring and making biscuits," shared Aimee.

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In the midst of her playful escapades, Acorn sought the companionship of her foster mom, craving the warmth of affection and connection.

“The only time she’s unhappy is when she thinks it’s still playtime and I have to put her back in the pop up,” shared Aimee on Instagram.

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Acorn's zest for life knew no bounds, and she had the chance to meet the resident cats, she was unfazed by their size or the curious sniffing they directed her way.

With her tail held high and a purr that could warm the coldest of hearts, Acorn became a source of joy and laughter wherever she went.

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"She's a dream baby, and her future adopter is going to be incredibly lucky."

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Wherever she finds her forever home, it's sure to be a happy one!

Check Acorn out in the video below:

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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