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Paralyzed Kitten Gets Acupuncture Treatment and the Results are Incredible

Posted in Cat Stories - On: June 10, 2017 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: June 18, 2021  
Author:  Jan Travell

Meet Chloe! This adorable kitten has rear leg paralysis from suspected abuse. She just received her first acupuncture treatment and the results were absolutely incredible!

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“Tonight we rescued a kitten with rear leg paralysis from suspected abuse. She is so sweet and so vulnerable; we absolutely could not say no to her,” Kitten Lady shared on Instagram. ”

We had actually visited the shelter to pick up a 2-week old orphan, but we ended up taking not just the 2 week old…but also this 6 week old who cannot use her back legs at all. Tomorrow we will go to the vet for diagnostics and begin her road to recovery. I don’t yet know what will happen, but I do know this: now that she’s here, no one will ever lay a cruel hand on her again. She will be loved, she will be fluffy and clean, and she will be given the best chance I can give her at regaining mobility.”

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“Things she likes: toys, soft sweet-talking, gentle chin scratches, having her backside held up for her so she can walk around and explore using her front legs.”

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At the vet, it was determined that Chloe was likely stepped on which resulted in her broken back. Her prognosis wasn’t good, and vets believed she might not live to be a full-grown cat. She has a laundry list of serious health concerns, one of the main being her bladder. It needs to be expressed manually which is especially difficult due to muscles of her urethral sphincter being constricted.

She will need a muscle relaxer and a lot of gentle, frequent care.

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Her human parents however weren’t going to throw in the towel. They fell in love with Chloe and were going to do everything they could to give her the happy love-filled life that she deserved. They decided to look into some alternative treatments in regards to Chloe’s neurological damage. So when they took Chloe to receive some acupuncture treatment at City Paws Animal Hospital, they were praying for a miracle.

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“Chloe’s first acupuncture experience exceeded our wildest expectations.”

Watch the video:


Chloe is making great progress, here she is after being fitted with wheels to help with her mobility.

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“Here’s Chloe trying out her hot new custom wheels today! She is STYLIN! 💕 Now that her legs are starting to move a bit, we are hoping this will be less of a wheelchair and more of an assisted walking device for physical therapy.”

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“This lightweight aluminium and 3D printed frame helps Chloe’s back stay stable so she can practice being upright, and the cat harness snaps into place and provides a soft cradle for her body. Although her legs only have minor movement now, my hope is that over time she’ll be able to practice walking with this device.”

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Way to go Chloe! You can follow Chloe’s progress on Instagram

All images @kittenxlady

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Click here to meet Small Fry, a tiny kitten with a big story!

About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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