Cat of the Week #12: Lincoln, the quadriplegic kitty

Lincoln is a special black kitty. When Lincoln was about 4 weeks old, he was found by a woman in the middle of a north St. Louis’s sidewalk, completely immobile. The woman fostered the kitten and tried to look for injuries but she can’t seem to be able to find any. All Lincoln can do was just lying on his side. That woman contacted Tenth Life, a non-profit organization from St. Louis that saves stray cats & kittens in that area, prioritizing those with special needs.

Unable to move his limbs, Lincoln was a tiny kitten who can only lie on his side.

Tenth Life’s vet diagnosed Lincoln as a quadriplegic kitten who might had a spinal or neurological injury and physical therapy is needed in order for Lincoln to be able to move again. It is a tough job but Lincoln’s new foster parents, Bobbi and John, took this news as a challenge, and they are performing physical therapy with little Lincoln 6 times a day, pumping his little legs, stretching them out, and supporting him as he learns to walk again.

Lincoln doing his physical therapy routine or the kitty yoga.

"I'm a taco!" These towels play a huge role in helping Lincoln to walk.

With supports from praises and rolled up towels, Lincoln took his first few steps.

It took 10 days of consistent physiotherapy for Lincoln to make his first wobbly step. According to Lincoln’s foster mom, Lincoln stretches his front legs forward and then stretches out his back legs as far as the legs go, mimicking the physiotherapy sessions, in the morning and after each nap. It is cute and adorable because Lincoln might have an idea that the physiotherapy is a good thing. At that point of time, Lincoln progressed to climb up and then jump off from short heights, such as chairs and couch, climbing the stairs all the way up to the second floor, play with other cats in the house, living with the heart of a normal kitten.

Lincoln is a hardworker. That's why things get better.

Lincoln bats the toy for the first time.

Understand the way of recovery does not stop him from taking kitty naps.

Nothing's better than snuggling with your favorite mouse, eh Lincoln?

This is Lincoln today: playing with various toys, other cats, and his shadow.

Tenth Life has done a great job in raising Lincoln. Lincoln is now growing to become a handsome cat.

Such fine kitty with his classy bow tie kitty collar.

To read more updates on Lincoln and the organization that helped him, visit Tenth Life’s Facebook page and Lincoln’s YouTube channel.