Rescued Cat Zooms Around on Homemade Wheelchair After Being Paralyzed as a Kitten
Rocky fell 15 feet at a New Jersey worksite and suffered a spinal cord injury.
This young cat might be paralyzed but nothing will stop his need for speed.
Rocky, a cat living in New Jersey, gets around using a wheelchair his rescuer fashioned for him to support his two paralyzed hind legs.
“People [say] he’s so lucky you’re the one that found him because anyone else would have put him to sleep,” his owner, Dawn Firestone, told InsideEdition.com. “It’s all handling and love, and the love I get back is beyond ridiculous.”
Firestone explained that shortly after Rocky was born where her husband works, the kitten's mom carried him to the top of a machine and dropped him 15 feet to the ground.
“He was full of grease, barely gasping for air every five seconds or so,” Firestone recalled. “My husband’s like, ‘You’re a very emotional person. If I bring him home and he passes away, you’ll be in bed for a week.’”
They later discovered he suffered a spinal injury in the fall that damaged his nerves, leaving his back legs paralyzed.
But she put all her effort into rehabilitating Rocky anyway, feeding him by bottle even when he didn’t want to eat.
“He’s never hissed, never bitten, never taken claws out,” Firestone said. “He loves to just cuddle into me.”
Firestone said she now hopes Rocky’s story inspires other pet lovers to adopt special needs animals.
“As amazing as he is, cats like that would be euthanized and killed for no reason,” she said. “I’m waiting for the day somebody messages me and says, ‘I would have never adopted a special needs cat. Because of Rocky, I did.’”
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