Shakespeare is a rescue kitty from Orange County Animal Services (Orlando, Florida). He was running out of time, and we just knew we had to give him a chance! He was taken in under Furry Nation Salvation Rescue in June, 2017. At the age of 3 months, Shakespeare was very sick and taken to the vet. During this checkup, he was also diagnosed with luxating patella, otherwise known as floating kneecaps. It is much more common with dogs, but does occasionally happen with kitties. The doctor recommended that he be rechecked when he was done growing.
Shakespeare was taken to the vet again on 10/20/2017. The cost of this visit was $38. He will need surgery to correct both knees, which is an estimated $1760. This surgery will be done at Parkway Animal Hospital. Donations can be called in to the vet directly (321) 301-4500 (Rebecca Witkowski, Shakespeare)
He is able to get around, jump, and play, but he does show signs of discomfort. The condition has worsened as he has gotten older, as he has more weight to bear on his back legs. He compensates for the condition by walking with his back legs bowed out. When his knee caps pop out of place, he has to lay down for a few minutes until he is ready to walk again. It is sad to watch as he does feel pain in those back legs. Without this surgery, he will continue to walk in pain. He will also face many issues with arthritis, especially as he gets older.
I thank you in advance for helping us help Shakespeare walk without pain. He is adorable and so loving. He deserves to have this done to bring him comfort and even more happiness!