Shocked vet refuses owners' demand to have kitten put down
A furious Spanish vet last month rejected the pleas of the owners of a poorly kitten to euthanize the animal. Instead, Kida the kitten was given a new lease of life.
Published on the 02/03/2020, 22:00
On the outside, Siamese Kida was well enough. Her cuteness drew admirers and led to her soon being adopted by her human parents.
On the inside however things were a little off. Kida suffered from a constricted bowel, something her owners only realised when the kitten began to eat solid food. In order to pass waste products she had to have her tummy rubbed by a well-meaning human.
Unfortunately for Kida, the owners she had at the outset were anything but well-meaning. Rather than attend to her needs they would sooner have her put down.
Last month, they approached a vet and asked him to do the deed. The vet was shocked and angered by the attitude of owners who clearly lacked the ability to care for the kitten.
Rather than put her down, the vet sent Kida to an animal charity for further investigation of the bowel problem. Without the intervention of a human touch, faeces would build up in the kitten's gut and become compacted. In the worst cases, the lack of movement can cause sepsis and fatal internal damage. After various scans, vets agreed Kida's bowel could be returned to normal by a simple operation.
Kida is now well enough to be rehomed, and is under the care of the Tierheim Helden adoption shelter. You can find more details of her on the Tierheim website.