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Catcart helps paralyzed kitty

One little kitten with a sad start to her life has a much brighter future thanks to the robotics club at a Colorado high school.

By Vetstreet Jan 28, 2013 4:10PM

By Kristen Seymour

The Conifer High School robotics club came to the aid of Flipper, a 9-month-old cat at the Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital, by building the longhaired kitten a customized cat cart, reports the Denver Post

The hospital is a regular donor to the club, and when they approached the high school crew, the students were ready for the challenge.

Photo: Courtesy of VetstreetFlipper came to the hospital months ago with a broken back that left her unable to use her hind legs. It took the robotics club a few months and numerous prototypes, but the end result has been well worth it.

"There's been significant improvement and that supposedly doesn't happen," veterinarian H.C. "Doc" Gurney said.

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The partially paralyzed kitten wears the device for about two hours a day, during which time she gets around fairly well, although she occasionally takes a corner a little too tightly and hits a wall. She's in good hands, however; the hospital intends to keep here there so they can continue to care for her.

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19Comments
Feb 1, 2013 6:49PM
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Poor cat...at least someone too the inititive to help the cat.  Good story...would like to see a followup.
Jan 28, 2013 7:28PM
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It is so kind of them to have the concern and empathy for this kitten. Thank you for your time and talent. I'am sure Flipper would thank you to :)
Jan 28, 2013 7:15PM
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As is, this cat would make a great dust mop...

 

...Complete with remote control (laser light).

 

A more appropriate name might be 'Swiffer".

 

 

 

 

Jan 28, 2013 7:14PM
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that is so great. students did a great job for this pretty kitty to have a decent life!

 

Jan 28, 2013 6:55PM
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I'm so happy to see this beautiful kitten have a new lease on life! Hurray for those students who have helped Flipper! and kudos to the vet. hospital for caring for the cat.

I hope Flipper will adjust and keep truckin'!

Jan 28, 2013 6:43PM
Jan 28, 2013 6:31PM
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Can't think of anything else positive to say that I haven't seen said below after scrolling down a bit... Good on the Conifer High Robotics Club!
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