Turbo Two Legs is a cat with a fantastically zippy name, but this tuxedo kitty comes harboring a horrid backstory that involves his former owners slamming a car door on his back legs and then dumping him at a shelter.
Also, this is a cat who needs to take swimming lessons four or five times a week as part of his physical therapy rehabilitation.
Read on to find out how that turns into a whole heap of fun and games for his new human savior, Chelsey.
As first revealed to the world on his fundraising page, Turbo’s back legs became paralyzed after his old owners slammed a car door on them. Around 3 to 6 weeks old at the time, the little chap also suffered spinal cord injuries from his ordeal. He was then abandoned at an animal hospital in Southern New Jersey.
At that point, Chelsey decided to foster him and help out with his recovery. She says that it’s unknown whether the car-door incident was an accident or a hideous premeditated act. “However, I can speculate that they likely didn’t care too much for him if they just surrendered him to the animal hospital and never looked back, knowing he was likely to be put down,” she adds.
After deciding to save Turbo from a date with euthanasia, Chelsey took him home and instantly became smitten by this guy’s personality. “He could fit in the palm of my hand,” she says, “but I could tell he had a strong, persevering spirit in that tiny body and wouldn’t go down without a fight — which is why I knew I had to help him!”
In practice, that help meant committing to a regime of water-based physical therapy sessions at home. Unsurprisingly, this is not exactly Turbo’s favorite new hobby.
“Oh, man, cats? Water? He hates it!” says Chelsey with a laugh. “I have tons of claw marks on my arms and hands because of the water therapy. I wish there was a way to tell him I’m trying to help him, but all he knows is that he’s getting wet and he doesn’t like it!”
While Turbo might not understand the importance of getting his little paws wet to stimulate his instincts for movement, Chelsey does say that he’s not a cat to hold grudges: “He does get a little pouty with me after his water therapy, but he normally comes to snuggle anyways because he loves attention and he always forgives me.”
A future stage in Turbo’s recovery will also involve getting skilled at using some slick wheels to help him scoot around. (Training wheels of a sort were used at first when he was recovering at the animal hospital, but he’s since grown out of them.)
“Right now, Turbo’s quality of life is my main priority,” says Chelsey, who has also decided to turn his foster situation into a permanent home. “But once he gets old enough in another couple of months, his physical therapist has a donated cat cart that we will try to use with him.”
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