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Cats & Travel > Need help transporting a special needs kitten from NJ USA to Calgary AB, Canada.

Kitty Meow- (Disabled- Kitten)

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Purred: Fri Jun 21, '13 12:48pm PST 
My name is Bailey and I currently have two paraplegic kittens.
I have been approved to adopt a kitten who is partially paraplegic (from the knees down), named Psi. Psi is also pseudo hermaphroditic. They believe she has female parts outside, but testicles inside. Psi lives in New Jersey right now, but we're having trouble figuring out a way to get her to me in Calgary AB, as she cannot travel cargo on a plane, therefore cannot travel unaccompanied. I'm working with the rescue group trying to find organizations where pilots take a rescue pet with them if they happen to be going the route you need. I was wondering if maybe you have any suggestions or have come across anyone who may be able to help.

Thanks,

Bailey
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Cat Health > Disabled Kitten
Kitty Meow- (Disabled- Kitten)

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Purred: Thu Nov 1, '12 8:28am PST 
You are very kind!

For now we are probably going to start with an X-ray to see if we can determine anything. And then see where that takes us.

I have set up a facebook page for her because I know a lot of people are interested in seeing her progress. I post pictures and updates from when she goes to the vet etc.

It is: http://www.facebook.com/littlemeowkitten
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Kitty Meow- (Disabled- Kitten)

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Purred: Fri Oct 26, '12 9:45am PST 
Thanks Jan!

I emailed Tabby's Place and the Founder/Executive Director wants to do a blog post about her. He forwarded my e-mail to the senior vet tech there and she gave me great advice and answers to some of my questions!
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Kitty Meow- (Disabled- Kitten)

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Purred: Tue Oct 16, '12 2:02pm PST 
Thanks for the tip. I'm actually in Ontario though. I've tried contacting a place near me that I believe makes harnesses and carts but they didn't respond :
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Cat Health > Disabled Kitten

Kitty Meow- (Disabled- Kitten)

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Purred: Tue Oct 16, '12 1:32pm PST 
Hi there,

I was in Peterborough mid July, and I found a disabled kitten in the hotel parking lot. She has no use of her back limbs and had large open wounds on the tops of her paws from continually dragging them. I took her to a vet the next day since I found her late at night, and he prescribed me an antibiotic for her wounds and a topical treatment for them. She was severely malnourished and weighed under a pound. The vet
estimated that she was between 8-10 weeks old, as she had some of her teeth already. He said she didn't have any feeling in her back legs and that she'd never be able to walk again. When I brought her to my
vet at home in Newmarket a week later she performed a pinch test on her toes, and the kitten was retracting her paws. She had also gained a little over a pound. She has control of her bowels, but not as much
over her bladder, so sometimes she leaks. We have put her in diapers for now to help prevent messes. There's a spot in her spine where some of the discs appear to be rotated to the left, then it goes back to normal. Both vets I spoke to aren't sure if it's a birth defect or if she had an accident earlier before I found her. I brought her again to the vet last night and the vet says she is growing proportionally and about average for a kitten her age and has a clean bill of health
other than her inability to use her back legs. She plays like a normal kitten, runs up and down the stairs, climbs onto the couches and bed and jumps off of them, but as I mentioned, she wears a diaper because
she doesn't have complete control.

The vet suggested we look into getting a cart for her, so that she isn't constantly dragging herself everywhere and potentially getting new wounds. But she said she's not very familiar with anyone who does
that sort of thing. She also suggested taking her to a specialist that will do some kind of dye test to see if any nerves are pinched. My only concern is the cost, as I'm still a student, so I don't have thousands of dollars to pay for potential surgery or multiple tests to determine the problem.

Do you guys know of anyone who makes carts for cats, or anyone who might be able to offer another option for her?

Is there any thing I can do in the meantime that might give a little more insight as to what's going on that isn't going to put me thousands of dollars in debt?

Is litter training her still an option since she can only partially control what comes out of her (keeping in mind she drags herself everywhere)?

Is there anything else I can do other than expelling her bladder multiple times a day that will help prevent against bladder infections?

Thanks,

Bailey
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Disabled Kitten (Can't use her back legs)
Kitty Meow- (Disabled- Kitten)

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Purred: Tue Oct 16, '12 1:26pm PST 
Hi there,

I was in Peterborough mid July, and I found a disabled kitten in the hotel parking lot. She has no use of her back limbs and had large open wounds on the tops of her paws from continually dragging them. I took her to a vet the next day since I found her late at night, and he prescribed me an antibiotic for her wounds and a topical treatment for them. She was severely malnourished and weighed under a pound. The vet
estimated that she was between 8-10 weeks old, as she had some of her teeth already. He said she didn't have any feeling in her back legs and that she'd never be able to walk again. When I brought her to my vet at home in Newmarket a week later she performed a pinch test on her toes, and the kitten was retracting her paws. She had also gained a little over a pound. She has control of her bowels, but not as much over her bladder, so sometimes she leaks. We have put her in diapers for now to help prevent messes. There's a spot in her spine where some of the discs appear to be rotated to the left, then it goes back to normal. Both vets I spoke to aren't sure if it's a birth defect or
if she had an accident earlier before I found her. I brought her again to the vet the other week and the vet says she is growing proportionally and about average for a kitten her age and has a clean bill of health
other than her inability to use her back legs. She plays like a normal kitten, runs up and down the stairs, climbs onto the couches and bed and jumps off of them, but as I mentioned, she wears a diaper because
she doesn't have complete control.

The vet suggested we look into getting a cart for her, so that she isn't constantly dragging herself everywhere and potentially getting new wounds. But she said she's not very familiar with anyone who does
that sort of thing. She also suggested taking her to a specialist that will do some kind of dye test to see if any nerves are pinched. My only concern is the cost, as I'm still a student, so I don't have thousands of dollars to pay for potential surgery or multiple tests to determine the problem. I thought I'd look to you guys to see if you know of anyone who makes carts for cats, or anyone who might be able to offer another option for her?
Is there any thing I can do in the meantime that might give a little more insight as to what's going on that isn't going to put me thousands of dollars in debt?

Thanks,

Bailey
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