When Chloe the kitten was first found, her prognosis wasn’t good. “Tonight we rescued a kitten with rear leg paralysis from suspected abuse,” Instagram user Kitten Lady wrote. “We had actually visited the shelter to pick up a two-week old orphan, but we ended up taking not just the two-week-old…but also this six-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,” she wrote.
The vet determined that Chloe was likely stepped on, which resulted in a broken back. With many other serious health concerns, the main being her bladder, it was believed she might not live to be a full grown cat.
Her new adoptive parents, however, were not going to give up. They had fallen in love with Chloe already and were determined to try every possible avenue. They decided to look into some alternative treatments in regards to Chloe’s neurological damage. So they took Chloe to receive some acupuncture treatment at City Paws Animal Hospital and prayed for a miracle.
“Chloe’s first acupuncture experience exceeded our wildest expectations,” Kitten Lady reported on Instagram. “She began to kick her legs, move her tail, and even STAND UP. This is incredible. Bear in mind that this is just a very small victory on a long road, but we now are looking ahead with more optimism than ever.”
Chloe has since been fitted with wheels to help her mobility. “This lightweight aluminum and 3D printed frame helps Chloe’s back stay stable so she can practice being upright, and the 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.”
You can follow Chloe’s progress on Instagram.