Pets are born with stardom glow.
Pets are born with stardom glow.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
HIS name is Emboy, short for Embassy boy. A handsome three-year-old kitty who tips the scale at 8.14lbs., he’s a hearty eater.
Emboy is a talkative fellow, too, who loves to shoot the breeze and watch the world, and birds, go by from the window and door of the apartment where he lives.
Like most cats, Emboy sleeps for hours and loves playtime with seven other cats at home. Everyday, however, he has to get over the limitations of having two paralyzed hind legs caused by a terrible accident. But not to worry. This strong-willed cat has mastered his own modified way of walking, running and jumping down to a tee.
CATCH ME IF I FALL
It is said that our flaws make us perfect and Emboy proves this by being that cool cat who can scale heights as long as the claws of his front legs can sink into something to lift himself up. In the process, his upper body became stronger.
It also helps that Emboy has several surrogate mothers around. Best friends Sarah Cayetuna and Karyn Silva and their other girl friends all do their part in making sure Emboy lives a comfortable life after his near fatal accident when a metal bar at an embassy gate dropped and pinned the poor cat's hip and back legs.
That was almost three years ago. Today, Emboy's entourage of caretakers is more than happy to help him get up to the highest furniture for the best window view of their side of the city. They would also lay down materials that would cushion Emboy's fall in case he decides to jump down.
“He expertly drags his legs using his front paws. He cannot jump from the floor up, but he can climb through clothed surfaces,” said Karyn.
Because Emboy remains a happy and agile cat, his moms rule out the use of attachable back wheels to possibly boost his mobility.
“It was discussed lengthily with his chiropractor. The thought of sawing his legs off for the wheels, and with his ability to climb still, did not really work well for us (and for him),” added Karyn.
Instead, Emboy's moms devotedly take him to monthly physical therapy that involves a combination of acupuncture, and chiropractic and ultrasound therapy. They also feed Emboy a daily ration of his veterinarian's prescribed special diet of kibbles, boiled chicken breast and wet food plus a dose of fiber. Emboy also takes a supplement capsule for strong bones every other day.
Encouraged by Emboy's resilience, Karyn and friends launched a twin project under the name Emboy's World. The first involved creating and selling products such as pillows and tote bags designed with Emboy's image. The sales revenues are then combined with the group's personal funds to support their Trap Neuter Return advocacy. Karyn said they have already fixed over 40 cats since Emboy's World began in October 2016.
Meanwhile, all the veterinary procedures and extra care that Emboy receives are paying off in many ways. Emboy's hind legs can now at least feel and, more importantly, he is safe and sound and very much loved. Thanks to the dedication of Sarah, Karyn and friends, Emboy-cat extraordinaire continues to get the best care possible in his own world at home, and provides inspiration to others to love and nurture disabled cats.
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