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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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Photo: Courtesy of Vetstreet

19Comments
Jan 28, 2013 6:28PM
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these "wheelchairs" have been online for many years, nothing new,  but they still deserve an A fo reffort
Jan 28, 2013 6:26PM
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So sad! But even with the disabilty it has, the kitten is still the happiest in the world...I hope the kitten has a long and happy life.
Jan 28, 2013 5:44PM
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This is beautiful. Thanks for believing in the life of another. Every life is of equal value and importance no matter what species no matter how big or how small. 
Jan 28, 2013 5:43PM
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Now if everybody was as thoughtful and as caring as this the world would be a much better place. Great job guys. 
Jan 28, 2013 5:40PM
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Wow! These kids are awesome and hopefully will take a lifelong interest in disabled pets. Thank you, Robotics Club!! You are the best!
Jan 28, 2013 5:29PM
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OMG chloe could use that cart also! 

 

Jan 28, 2013 5:15PM
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It never ceases to amaze me the kindness of some very special people.  It would have been so easy, just a needle, to put this kitten out of it's misery and yet here are these people that said, "not on my watch".  We are going to do everything possible for this kitten so it can live as normal a life as possible.  It gives me a great feeling to know there are high school students who took it upon themselves to help.  What a great example they set.  I can only imagine the accomplishments those students will have as adults although they are already a lot older than their years.  Great job!
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