If you are a cat-lover and have been searching for the ideal feline friend, you most probably have come across one named Betty Boop on PetFinder. If she could talk, the feline would say she has used up one of her nine lives because were it not for an Oregon non-profit that saved the cat stuck in a rat trap, she would have died. Today, she awaits adoption, and maybe once you hear her story, it might move you to give her a forever home. So, let’s get into the details of her rescue and how you can adopt her.
Saved in the Nick of Time
When Betty Boop was probably doing her daily walks, she never expected that curiosity would almost cause a slow death caused by hunger and thirst. Unfortunately, it was not her lucky day, and her paw got stuck in a rat trap, so she could not move to fend for herself. It must have been days since her movement was cut short by the trap because when members of Meow Village, the Oregon non-profit, found her, she was malnourished and starving. On a closer look, they discovered that the cat’s paw had a small part cut off from the rest, most likely resulting from when she tried to rescue herself. The cut was so deep that her bone was exposed, but the veterinarians did their best to save her without inflicting any more injuries. According to KOIN, they trimmed part of the protruding bone. Of course, being a stray, she needed a name; hence the staff named her Betty Boop.
Working Towards Finding Betty a New Home
Given the extent of her injuries, Betty Boop needed laser treatment. Therefore, she had to wear protective glasses, and while the staff thought she would be uncomfortable, the cat has a sense of fashion and knows she looks good in them. She prefers wearing them and from the pictures shared, we agree she looks great. Besides the protective glasses, Betty Boop, also known as Stripes, also has a donut collar which she does not like. Unfortunately, she does not get a say in that because of the stitches, which would come out in two weeks ̶ since the story was posted a few weeks ago, she most probably has them removed by now. Therefore, the staff had several so she could switch up, and according to Meow Village Facebook page, the kitty preferred the orange donut collar more than the blue one.
Once you read the description of Betty Boop on PetFinder, you will be tempted to make room for her in your home. She is described as shy when you meet her, but once she gets comfortable around you, she reveals her true nature, which is that of a social butterfly that will shower you with lots of head bumps, meows and purrs. She is ten years old and is best suitable for a home with younger children, but Betty Boop could still be the right companion if you have dogs and older children. However, it’s best first to consult the foster mother. If you don’t want more cats than you can handle, that is not a problem because Betty Boop is spayed and won’t surprise you with a litter of kittens.
Laser Treatment for Cats Effective for Pain Relief
You might be wondering how laser treatment works to relieve pain and promote healing in cats like Betty Boop, who have sustained injuries. According to The Drake Center, laser treatment uses a chain reaction of chemical reactions that are kick-started by penetrating light. It does not cut and vaporize tissues as surgical lasers do; instead, it penetrates below the skin without inflicting any pain therapy, promoting the healing of joint and deep tissue problems.
The treatment opens up the blood vessels and activates the lymphatic draining system, draining swollen areas and reducing inflammation. As the swelling subsides, any pain associated with the swollen parts also decreases. The treatment also causes the release of endorphin, an inhibitory neurotransmitter that blocks pain signals from being transmitted to the brain and promotes a feeling of euphoria. Although endorphins are released naturally in response to pain, they can be induced chemically; in humans, aerobic exercise also triggers endorphin release.
Despite its effectiveness in treating pain in cats, CatWatch Newsletter discloses that cats still tend to have fewer laser treatments than dogs. According to the article, cat owners do not recognize pain in their pets; hence they do not seek therapy for their sick cats. However, if they could, they would realize the immense benefits of the treatment in illnesses like arthritis and treat slow-healing wounds. Therefore, some of the conditions and diseases best suitable for laser therapy include inflammation of footpads, neuromuscular disease, open wounds, ligament, tendon and muscle injuries, back pain, sprains and strains.
Is Laser Treatment Safe for Cats?
Perhaps cat owners also fear that their furry friends will be in much more pain when undergoing laser therapy. However, this could not be farther from the truth; since the release of endorphin triggers a euphoric feeling, cats feel relaxed during and after the treatment. Moreover, since humans experience a warm sensation during treatment, cats are also assumed to undergo the same, which should put your mind at ease. It is a safe treatment that does not even require sedation; even their fur will not have to be clipped, and if your cat is fussy, no need to be concerned about him giving the veterinarian a headache. The treatment takes about 2 to 8 minutes, and you can be guaranteed positive results within 12 to 24 hours. The only safety concern is for your pet’s eyes since lasers heat the retina and cause permanent damage. Therefore, like Betty Boop, your furry friend will have to wear protective glasses during treatment.