A kitten with paralyzed hind legs struggles with determination to walk again
Kitten Carer Rescue founder Jessica Roof was contacted about a kitten with paralyzed hind legs who needed help. The mom didn’t wait to get the little one to safety.
Upon arrival, the kitten was skin-on-bones, lethargic, malnourished, and flea-infested. “It was clear that the lower part of his body didn’t feel anything,” Jessica explains, “because he was dragging his torso and paws across the floor, functioning only with his front paws.”
Despite all he had to endure, the kitten was still interested in food and meowing loudly from the start.
The kitten named Mohan was about three weeks old. Volunteer nanny Courtney kindly invited him into her cozy home.
“He snuggled with me all night and looked at me with his big, beautiful eyes – I knew he was happy to be rescued,” Courtney says. “He squeezed my fingers and my teddy bear all night, purring.”
The kitten couldn’t feel anything from the waist down, according to the doctor who performed the evaluation.
“Mohan’s first and second lumbar vertebrae are compressed. It looks like it’s from a serious fall,” Courtney added. “Acupuncture helps with blood flow and decreases swelling, so we hope it will help Mohan’s recovery.”
Mohan was being treated for a possible infection while continuing physical therapy (including hydrotherapy) at home. “We have very high hopes for this child, he is a fighter and wants to be on the move all the time.”
The striped boy can’t wait to get up and walk around like any cat, and nothing can stop him from enjoying life.
“He is so exciting!” He is a cocky young man who always tries to use his legs and doesn’t let anything get in his way.”
“He always finds a way to get his way.” With ongoing home therapy, he seems to feel better in his lower body every day. The way his legs move now is amazing.”
Just a few weeks ago, Mohan was dragging his hind limbs and today he is doing wonderfully on all fours – this is a major milestone. His stamina has increased, his mobility has improved and his personality has developed.
He loves to grab anything that moves and climb on anything he can get his hands on.
“Baby Mohan has a strong desire to walk using his paws,” says Kourtney.
“I’ve seen him try to leap forward and balance on all four legs for a few seconds at a time. Every minute, it seems like things are getting better.
Yesterday, Mohan received his first acupuncture treatment at the vet. He frolicked around the room and hugged the staff profusely.
“He was a bold man.” He was asleep in the car within minutes when I picked him up at night.”
This strong-willed kitten never ceases to amaze his family, as he continues to take in life with gusto and is gradually moving toward walking independently.
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