A Kitten in the Shoe Box?
It was a Saturday morning as Tree House staffers prepared to open that they noticed something on our front ledge. Unbelievably, they soon realized it was a shoe box which had been taped shut with holes punched in the top. And then … they heard soft mewing. When they removed the top, they were greeted by a tiny bundle of joy. Someone had placed Dabble, a five-week-old kitten, in a shoe box and taped it shut, then left him at our front door.
Alarm set in when the staffers noticed that Dabble was not moving his back legs. Our clinic staff provided immediate care, and we discovered that Dabble's hind legs were completely immobile, and he struggled with bladder control. There was no physical trauma, and X-rays ruled out any broken bones.
What Had Happened to Him?
What happened to Dabble remains a mystery. Tree House’s Director of Veterinary Services observed that he could have had a spinal issue at birth that had worsened, or he could have sustained spinal damage as a result of a fall or from being hit by a person, animal, bike, etc. We were deeply concerned whether Dabble would survive given the severity of his condition. We began physical therapy twice a day, and he soaked up all the attention. Undeterred by his disability, this scrappy kitten worked hard to scoot and shuffle. After a couple of weeks of intense therapy, we began to see ever-so-slight movement in his hind legs. It was a triumphant day.
He's Worth It
Dabble’s daily treatments continue as does his progress. He has gained control of his bladder, and he sits up and wriggles about, using his front legs to propel himself forward while gaining more movement in his back legs. He has a long recovery ahead of him, and we don’t yet know if he’ll ever walk. The next couple of months will be key in determining how much mobility Dabble might gain.
This kitty is a sweetheart, and his eager joy and tender nature is infectious. He loves being held and gently paws at caring human faces, noses, and fingers as if playing paddycake. Even with his limited mobility, he pounces on jingle balls and has lightning speed when chasing perceived prey. We believe Dabble, and cats like him, deserve a chance at a happy and healthy life, regardless of their disabilities!
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Dabble continues to progress - and we've witnessd him stand up!
Cuddle time, Dabble gets taken on walks to get out of the clinic and receive stiumlation
"Where did he go?" Getting some "computer fish" time for stimulation and socialization