Meet Rexie Cat

I try not to start writing posts where I have no idea what the point of it is going to be, but this is going to be one of those posts.

I was perusing Instagram earlier today.  It’s been a strange day today, one in which social media felt appropriate despite being in the office, but more of that on Sunday.  I was looking down the posts I “might like” and saw one of a cat.

This isn’t unusual.  Most of things that Instagram things I “might like” are either cats, football boots people in gyms or people who have been in gyms.  However, this was a very different cat picture.

Is that pink snout asking for some kisses? One does not simply say ‘no’ to that face 😙❤😻

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This is Rexie.  He lives in Russia with his human, Daria Minaeva, a language tutor.

Rexie’s profile describes him as a “Handicat that walk’n’rolls”. “Rexie is a handicapped cat with only two working feet.”

Now, I read that profile and assumed he was born that way.  I’ve seen three legged cats (most often names “Tripod”) and I’ve seen cats with only one eye.  I’ve only rarely, though, ever seen cats without the use of two legs.  It was only when I was scrolling down the account that I noticed something.

The first pictures of Rexie show a kitten with “normal” legs.

There are quite a few posts as Rexie’s owner builds the account, and then this one.

Rex turned 5 months old today. Probably it’s gonna be the last picture of him I post. It’s been 7 days since the day his backbone was broken and I’m honestly not sure if the treatment helped or not cause I don’t really see any big changes. I’m taking him to the vet tomorrow to know what they think. But I’m so not ready to let him die just like this. Take care of your pets, guys. It’s a killing pain to see them suffer. #catsofinstagram #cats #кошки #instaphoto #instapic #catsinstagram #TheDailyKitten #petsofinstagram #instaanimals #cat #cutecats #mypet #petstagram #pets #catlove #catworld #ilovecats #iheartcats #petsoftheworld #ilovemypet #instacats #petsofinstagram #cutekittens #bestmeow #catsrequest #catsofworld #homefriends #ilovemycat #instagramcats #instakittens #meowbox

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Rexie had an accident and broke his back.  That was nearly two years ago.

However, as time went on there are pictures of Rexie’s rehabilitation and pictures of a cat simply enjoying life, and he’s really handsome! There are pictures of him playing with toys and his ferret friends, enjoying the sunshine and attacking plastic straws.

And yeah, sure, there are lots of stories about people coming back from the brink and coming back from the cusp of giving up hope, but I just really liked this story.  I suggest, even if you don’t have an Instagram account and don’t even particularly like cats, that you still go and have a look here.

I think what Rexie’s Instagram account doesn’t give enough credit to, though, is his human.  I’m sure there are times when we look at our pets in distress and decide that enough is enough, that there is no quality of life there and that the fair thing to do is to let them die with dignity.  I get that, I really do.  I think it took a very brave person to give Rexie the chance.

So here’s to Rexie and Daria.

Take the burden from my arms
Take the anchors off my lungs
Take me broken and make me one
Break the silence and make it a song

Life is short; I wanna live it well
One life, one story to tell
Life is short; I wanna live it well
And you’re the one I’m living for
Awaken all my soul
Every breath that you take is a miracle
Life is short; I wanna live it well, yeah

I wanna sing with all my heart a lifelong song
Even if some notes come out right and some come out wrong
Cause I can’t take none of that through the door
Yeah, I’m living for more than just a funeral
I wanna burn brighter than the dawn

Life is short; I wanna live it well
One life, one story to tell
Life is short; I wanna live it well
And you’re the one I’m living for
Awaken all my soul
Every breath that you take is a miracle
Life is short; I wanna live it well, yeah

I got one life and one love
I got one voice, but maybe that’s enough
Cause with one heartbeat and two hands to give
I got one shot and one life to live
One life to live, yeah
And every breath you take is a miracle

Life is short; I wanna live it well
One life, one story to tell (one love)
Life is short; I wanna live it well
And you’re the one I’m living for (the one, yeah)
Awaken all my soul
Every breath that you take is a miracle
Life is short; I wanna live it well
And you’re the one I’m living for

(One life) One life, one love
(One love) One life, one love
(One voice) One voice, yeah
(And that’s enough) And that’s enough, oh
(One heartbeat, two hands to give)
I got one shot and one life to live, one life to live

Live It Well by Switchfoot

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