Disabled Kitten Gets An Adorable Body Cast And A New Lease On Life

Written by: Dina Fantegrossi
Dina Fantegrossi is the Assistant Editor and Head Writer for HomeLife Media. Before her career in writing, Dina was a veterinary technician for more than 15 years.Read more
| Published on November 11, 2016

The compassionate volunteers of West Virginia’s Itty Bitty Kitty Committee team up with shelters, veterinarians and fellow rescuers to help endangered cats get a second chance at love.

They recently took in a very special kitten named Arnold Pawmer who was born with several deformities affecting his chest and legs.

Little Arnie’s history is mostly unknown. He started out in the care of the Pocahontas County Animal Shelter, but due to his medical issues, his chances of adoption were slim. They reached out to their friends at the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee in the hopes of giving Arnold a chance at a normal life.

After meeting the precious orange tabby, they agreed to not only take Arnold in, but to ensure that he receives the best veterinary care. How could they resist? With his big, innocent eyes, he bears a strong resemblance to Puss-in-Boots!



The IBKC entrusted Arnold’s care to Dr. McNeel of Cross Lanes Veterinary Hospital, who determined that he would need to undergo surgery to repair his deformed sternum as soon as possible.

The procedure was scheduled right away, but had to be postponed when the fragile cutie came down with a respiratory infection.

Arnold Pawmer’s first surgery was finally green-lighted for November 3. During the operation he was fitted with a sturdy fiberglass cast to protect his vulnerable chest as he heals. Despite the anesthesia, the painful surgery and the awkward cast, Arnie awoke instantly ready to play and snuggle!

Arnold Pawmer wanted to make sure that Andi and the amazingly awesome staff at Cross Lanes Veterinary Hospital knew that…

Posted by Itty Bitty Kitty Committee on Monday, November 7, 2016


After a brief hospitalization, Dr. McNeel gave Arnie the thumbs up to be released to his new foster home. He will require weekly checkups for the next few months to ensure that he is healing properly.

Although he has survived the most risky and complicated of his surgeries, Arnold Pawmer still has a long road ahead. He will need at least one more procedure to repair a luxating patella that makes it difficult for him to walk.

Arnold will always have disabilities, but thanks to the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee and the wonderful staff at Cross Lanes Veterinary Hospital, he will have an incredible support team to assist him every step of the way.

There are several ways that you can help with Arnold Pawmer’s ongoing care:

PayPal: cats4rescue@gmail.com
Visit their website: www.wvcatrescue.org
Mailing address: PO Box 40223. Charleston, WV 25364
Cross Lanes Vet Office: (304)776-4501 or (304)776-4502