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Kitty Meow- (Disabled- Kitten)

http://www.faceb- ook.com/littleme- owkitten
 
 
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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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

Angel on a- mission!
 
 
Purred: Tue Oct 16, '12 1:55pm PST 
You said Peterborough and Newmarket, are you in New Hampshire? I'm in New Hampshire also, there is a company I believe either here in NH or in Mass. that makes carts for both dogs and cats. You could do a fundraiser on Facebook to pay for some of these expenses. What you should do is start her own page there, post her story and use what's called a Chipin to do a fundraiser. To be legit, I would post her vet bills and tests results on her Facebook page so people know the funds are really going toward what you say they are. Just blot out your personal info like any credit card numbers and things like that. This company does them for cats as well as dogs: handicappedpets.com. Bless you for taking that kitten in and trying to help her. big grin
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Kitty Meow- (Disabled- Kitten)

http://www.faceb- ook.com/littleme- owkitten
 
 
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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Merlin - An Angel- Forever

*Poof*
 
 
Purred: Tue Oct 16, '12 4:57pm PST 
Here's one web site that makes carts for disabled pets: http://eddieswheels.com/ You can try contacting them to ask if they know of any similar company in Ontario smile
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RADDY (my- heart's- darling)

I am still my- Meouwmy's- Beloved....
 
 
Purred: Wed Oct 17, '12 2:52am PST 
Hallo...it is Jan here, from England.....I just wanted to say what a lovely thing it is that you are prepared to help the little kitten have a good life in spite of her infirmities....I wish you and her so much luck....

I don't know anything about the little carts you can get, except that there is a Cat Sanctuary in New Jersey, called 'Tabby's Place' where they have at least two cats on little wheelie-things...and they seem to be doing very well....perhaps 'Tabby's Place' could help you to know where to enquire to get a little wheelie-cart? They are on Wikipedia, if you want to look them up...

If you do manage to organise a fund-raising thingy to help the little kitten, I will certainly try to give a little bit of money....

Oh...all good thoughts to you both and all good luck....

Jan
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Purred: Wed Oct 17, '12 3:39am PST 
Hello,
kittywave
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Kitty Meow- (Disabled- Kitten)

http://www.faceb- ook.com/littleme- owkitten
 
 
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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Tambolina

No...the magic- is still- here...!!!
 
 
Purred: Sat Oct 27, '12 6:18am PST 
Oh Kitty Meouw and your wonderful Meouwmy.....Oh it made me SO HAPPY to think that I may have helped you and the little kitten along a bit.....if you want a bit of money to help buy the wheelie-cart, I will help.....

Oh such good wishes to you both.....how is the little one doing now? Have her sores healed?

Please let me know how she goes on....

Jan
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Tambolina

No...the magic- is still- here...!!!
 
 
Purred: Thu Nov 1, '12 4:10am PST 
Any more updates on Kitty Meouw?

Jan
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Kitty Meow- (Disabled- Kitten)

http://www.faceb- ook.com/littleme- owkitten
 
 
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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