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Lincoln's First Steps (Quadriplegic Kitty)

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Published on Aug 28, 2012

Here is Lincoln taking his first wobbly steps with the assistance of his special "chair."

BACK STORY:

This is one of our most unbelievable rescues to-date.

On August 18th, 2012 Tenth Life received a deeply concerning call: a woman in north St. Louis found a four-week-old kitten in the middle of the sidewalk, completely immobile. She brought him inside to help him and scan for injuries, but couldn't find anything immediately visible. She fed and observed the kitten, who just laid on his side, unable to stand or move his legs. She assumed he had broken his legs and/or paws.

When we picked Lincoln up from the woman's home, our hearts sank, seeing that this poor kitten was essentially quadriplegic. Never ones to give up hope, we had little the tiny, motionless kitten examined, fearing the worst. Our vets felt his was a spinal or neurological injury, and they were unsure what impact, if any, physical therapy would have for his condition.

We (The foster parents) took this news as a challenge, and we are performing physical therapy with little Lincoln 6 times a day, pumping his little legs, stretching them out, and supporting him as he learns to walk again.

Lincoln has been making incredible progress: When he was rescued, he could only lie limply, raising his head occasionally. A week later, with therapy, the tenacious kitten was curling his paws around a human finger, standing with support, and picking up his paws to take steps. He even sat on his hind legs and batted at a toy!!!

We are incredibly encouraged by his progress in such a short period, and we're confident that Lincoln will walk again. ♥

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http://www.tenthlifecats.org

Tenth Life Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization that provides another chance at life to injured and abused stray cats. Tenth Life´s focus is on felines with extreme medical needs or ongoing health conditions that make it difficult for typical shelters and rescues to afford their care.

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