At work we have a lot of wild cats...and they breed. I'm always catching an odd kitten or two wandering around our shop or something. I usually just pet the little ones a bit if I can catch them an let them run back off. Every now and then, though, I come across a specials one.
Last night I saw one sprint across our shop floor and I took after him. I was just going to hustle him outside but he climbed up into the engine bay of my truck. When I popped the hood and he jumped i noticed he limped a bit...so I went to hunting him down. Took me 5 hours to get him out of my truck and caught.
Turned out his left front foot was crushed. since he climbed up in my engine bay I just assume he did it before and got hit by the fan or caught in a belt. All he's got left is the big pad and one of his smaller pads. He had a toe/claw still hanging on but only by a tendon. The toe was dead and rotting, the tendon wasn't doing any good by it...he didn't even feel it when i cut it off.
After cleaning his foot up really well it doesn't look as bad as I had thought it would be. he's apparently been dealing with it for some time because he's done a lot fo healing. The pads are pink, nothing's inflamed and the only open spot is where I cut his dangling toe off.
he sits in my lap now and purrs away...if I'm standing he doesn't seem to like me but if he's in my lap and I stop petting he lets me know...kinda funny from a wild kitten. not sure how old he is...he weights 1lb 13oz, has most of his teeth, purrs and shivers and eats hard kibble.
I'm going to hang on to him for a few days to make sure his foot doesn't get infected or anything then I'll be putting him back out.
I'll try ot get a pic of him...he's cute.