Meet Mildred, the cat with more nicknames than most people have friends – they call her Milly, Milton, Millard, and more.
But Milly isn’t your ordinary cat. She’s won the hearts of our community, and her choice to wear a helmet isn’t just for looks; it shows how strong she is and the incredible journey she’s been on.
From the day she was born, Milly had some tough challenges. She had a condition called hydrocephalus, where her brain had too much fluid, making her shaky and unsteady. She also had a big lump in her brain, a problem in her spine, and her right front leg didn’t have all its bones. But these problems didn’t stop her.
Milly’s bravery inspired Caroline, who takes care of cats at Baby Kitten Rescue. Caroline had already helped another cat named Otter, who needed a helmet for protection after special brain surgery. Otter’s journey paved the way for Milly.
After many check-ups, the vet said that brain surgery was the only way to help Milly for the long run. They put in a shunt to drain extra fluid from her brain and stop the shaking.
Milly proudly wore her special helmet, which let her play without hurting her head. According to Caroline, Milly, the “helmet princess,” was full of energy and life.
Milly loved her toys, especially a green alligator. But what made her special wasn’t just her playful side; she was also super sweet and loving to everyone she met, bringing joy wherever she went.
The surgery went really well, and everyone was amazed at how tough and positive Milly was. Caroline shared Milly’s happy moments on social media.
When Milly came home from the hospital, she kept getting better and showed no signs of slowing down. Caroline said, “Milly is eating, playing, and purring like nothing ever happened!”
Although Milly might need a few more visits to the doctor, her progress has been truly amazing. Now, she can proudly hang her helmet on the wall and have fun with her favorite green plush toy.
When she’s tired, she knows she can always find comfort with her foster caregiver, who has been there for her from the beginning.
Milly’s journey reminds us that even when things are tough, love and determination can do incredible things and give us hope every day.