If you spend anytime with me, you'll eventually hear me tell you that cats are amazing. They are. They prove time and again they are survivors. Even when I count them out..and after 14 years in practice, I simply VERY RARELY do.
We had a kitten come a few weeks ago, that had lost part of both her back legs because the umbilical cord from her and her sister had wrapped around her legs, cutting off the blood supply. Once freed from this, all she had left of her back legs stopped just below the knee. The bones were sticking out slightly but it was clean and not infected. And she didn't know or care.
She was very tiny and needed to be bottle fed. One of our health care team members took her home and did all she could, but as is the case with many even "normal" very young kittens, she faded and passed away. It is possible she was becoming septic despite antibiotics. Still, I think she also had a chance of making it. Cat and kitties do that.
Here's a story with a happier ending (at least thus far!):