Thumper the Wonder Cat – The Happy Update

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By Karen Harrison Binette



We are thrilled to share this update on Thumper the Wonder Cat, who we profiled on October 5, 2013. Thumper has made remarkable progress overcoming a disability and has found his forever home.

Thumper couldn’t walk due to a neurological condition when he was rescued as an 8 week old kitten in June of 2013, along with his siblings, by PACT (People And Cats together), an all-volunteer rescue group in Redondo Beach, California.

Thumper, his littermates and the kittens from two additional litters were all abandoned in a yard that has become a dumping ground for unwanted kittens.

Diagnosed with neurological issues, Thumper had limited use of his hind legs. X-rays showed no spinal damage but Thumper’s muscles were atrophying due to his inability to use his hind legs. Thumper began receiving chiropractic manipulation with Dr. Anthony Gambucci in El Segundo, CA. Along with the physical therapy, Thumper began using a wheelchair/walker to exercise his leg muscles.

After a few weeks using his specially made wheeled cart, Thumper was taking his first steps on his own. Before long, he could walk to his food bowl and stand to eat. By August of 2013, PACT was able to say: “Thumper is getting big and has shown remarkable improvement with therapy and exercise. Although somewhat unstable, he is able to run and play with his siblings.”

Thumper’s neurological condition is being attributed to CH (Cerebellar Hypoplasia).  By the end of 2013, he was running, jumping, climbing and playing much like any other cat.  He still shows some signs of his condition, but is doing very well.

Thumper was adopted by his foster mom, Anita, and is enjoying a normal cat’s life in his happy forever home.


Here is a recap on Thumper’s story, with wonderful footage of him playing in his forever home:



Thumper in the custom made walker that helped him walk and strengthened his legs. He no longer needs his wheeled cart, and can run, jump, climb and play.

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