Earlier this month we brought you the story of Sprocket, a tuxedo cat living in Scotland who is benefitting from 3D printer technology in his bid to recover from damage to his legs. Now we introduce another kitty in need of technological help to get by. His name is Cassidy, and he had the misfortune to lose his two back legs shortly after his birth — although thanks to the folks at the Tiny Kittens organization, efforts are under way to get him up and mobile.
Cassidy’s tale begins with him being born to a feral mom. After losing his back legs, he had to survive in a forest for nine long and lonely weeks. During that time, Tiny Kittens staff members say Cassidy almost starved to death, while his injured body began to give up and stop fighting an E. coli infection that had developed in his stumps.
“Despite a grim prognosis, we knew this little survivor wanted to live, and we were determined to fight to give him that chance,” recalls the Tiny Kittens site (which also live streams video of its various rescues).
To that end, Cassidy was put on a course of “intensive round-the-clock care and physical therapy” that lasted for a number of weeks. Showing himself to be a real little fighter, it’s said that Cassidy always seems determined to never give up and strives to act just like any other four-legged cat.
Right now, Tiny Kittens plans to keep working on Cassidy’s knees, hoping that he can become eligible for implants to make up for his missing back legs. As of Dec. 4, Cassidy’s stumps still had fluid on them, so he remains in a somewhat bandaged state.
To help Cassidy learn to get around, Tiny Kittens began by using a “stretching garment” made out of a vest and some Velcro straps. This is designed to help align his legs in the right position.
With the help of human hands, Cassidy is able to stand on all four paws (while heartily stuffing his face with food). He has also benefited from a handmade cart device (that appears to be made out of cardboard and duct tape) that helps stabilize him and lets him play.
“With each passing day, our Cassidy is showing the world just how remarkable he is,” reads an update from Tiny Kittens, which also says that he’s a shining example of how “even the most broken, ‘throwaway’ feral kitten still deserves a chance to know happiness and love.”
Head over to Tiny Kittens to watch live video footage of Cassidy’s recovery.