published Monday, April 18th, 2011

Cat not slowed by missing limb

CHATTAPETS

Trinity, a 9-month-old domestic shorthair, lost a foreleg after it was broken when she was a kitten.
Trinity, a 9-month-old domestic shorthair, lost a foreleg after it was broken when she was a kitten.

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True to her name, Trinity is a cat that proves having only three of something doesn’t mean you’re not whole.

Even missing one of her forelegs, Trinity, a 9-month-old domestic shorthair, can still chase balls, laser pointers and the occasional insect with the best of her feline fellows.

Trinity’s owner, Ben Levy, adopted her last fall after she was dropped off with a broken leg at McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center. The connection was instantaneous, he said.

“I saw her; she meowed. I picked her up; she purred,” Levy said. “She’s been a good fit, especially with a very active dog.”

Levy has owned cats his entire life, and despite being one limb shy of whole, Trinity doesn’t require any more attention than his previous pets.

Still, Trinity isn’t without her foibles. Early on, Trinity needed assistance learning to use a litter box properly, and she will occasionally flub a leap onto a piece of furniture when she tries to use her phantom limb, he said.

For the most part, she’s just like any other cat.

“There’s really nothing different about her that I can think of,” he said. “[Animals] adapt, just like people do. They just have to be taught how.”

about Casey Phillips...

Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, consumer technology, animals and news of the weird. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German from Middle Tennessee State University, where he worked as the features editor for the student newspaper, Sidelines. Casey's writing has earned numerous accolades, including first and second place ...

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