How old is Paolo now?

Paolo celebrated his 2nd birthday in September.

Where did his name come from?

Paolo was named by the wonderful volunteers at MEOW (Mercer Island Eastside Orphans and Waifs) Cat Rescue, the organization that found him.

Is having a concave ribcage something that happens often with cats?

No, a concave rib cage is not common with cats, but is a condition that Paolo’s mom had.

How did the surgery correct the problem? (what did the vets do?)

In order to help our brave Paolo, the vets at Seattle Vet Services (SVS) gave him a life saving surgery. They made an incision into Paolo’s rib cage, and fit him with a fiberglass chest piece.

How long was he in the body cast?

Paolo wore different casts while his body healed for five months!

Did he have to be separated from other kittens while he was healing?

Yes, Paolo was fostered by himself while he healed with Marnie, one of MEOW’s lovely volunteers

How did he get along with other cats?

Now that Paolo’s a-okay, he absolutely loves being with other cats! He has three adopted cat brothers and sister: Paisley, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Lilly Fa-Ying. They like to hang out on the cat tree condo!

Was he timid of people because he was born a feral?

Even though Paolo was found in the wild, he learned to love and trusts people.

How long did it take him to heal?

He spent five months healing from his surgery, wearing a cast the whole time.

Did he have to do any physical therapy?

He did not need physical therapy, however, he still walks with a slightly stiff gait from wearing the cast for so long.

What’s is life like now?

Life for Paolo is very exciting! He has been on KOMO 4 News twice, and even in studio for KING 5’s New Day Northwest, where he was a perfect gentleman. Paolo also makes appearances at various book signings in stores. At home, he loves to snuggle with his mom and dad, cuddling and giving ear kisses. Paolo loves to be brushed and hang out with the other cats in the family. We all love our Paolo, and are grateful to have him in our lives.

Is there anything else you would like to add about his healing journey?

In order to share his journey with the world, I wrote ‘Paolo’s Adventures.’ This book also helps children overcome the fear of doctors. So more cats like Paolo can be helped, a portion of the proceeds benefit MEOW. This book is available on Amazon:

May I also list the link for MEOW and the facebook page for Paolo?

Author’s Note: I would like to thank Miss Carolyn for sharing Paolo’s  story as well as pictures. Pictures were used with permission. 

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