Rescue Story: From Quadriplegic To Capable Kitten


If there is any doubt that Pittsburgh C.A.T. gives a cat every chance and uses innovative methods for healing, Fievel should fix that!


Fievel was rescued from a horrible area with many neglected animals, especially cats, who reproduced at will; many cats and kittens rescued from there needed weeks or months of critical care, and several did not survive, including Fievel’s sibling. They were six to eight weeks, malnourished, practically bald with what appeared to be a bacterial infection all over their bodies, their abdomens seeping fluid.

Fievel could not walk. Even as he was nourished and medicated and gained strength he still couldn’t get up and walk, so began the imaging to look for injuries or malformations that might prevent it. Imaging showed he had what looked to be a swollen carpal joint and his wrists weren’t normal. A culture of the fluid in one joint came back positive for septic arthritis, and he was diagnosed with a juvenile autoimmune joint disorder. He was seen by three veterinarians and after three weeks of antibiotics he was still a quadriplegic with little hope of finding anything that would give him a normal life.

The decision was made to give him time in a home as a hospice rather than living at the clinic and he was sent to foster with pain medication and large doses of steroids because they were the only medication he could take at his age that might make a difference.

And they did. Within days he began to walk, stumbling and falling, but walking better each day. In just weeks he found full use of his legs and ran around acting like a typical kitten. And then he even surpassed the expectation that he’d be on steroids and pain medication all his, presumably short, life as he was able to wean off of both, and today he’s a happy, curious and social cat among his family of rescued pit bulls and Doc the Pig with a good life expectancy ahead.

Fievel’s page in the calendar

The calendar page.
The calendar page.

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Stevie and Noah’s stories are heartwarming but their care over weeks and months is not free—Pittsburgh C.A.T. still has to pay for all the exams, xrays, tests, surgeries, treatments and medications that helped them to survive and thrive. Pittsburgh C.A.T. will do whatever needs to be done for a kitten who shows a chance of survival, and also to find a loving forever home when the kitten is fully recovered and ready. Help Pittsburgh C.A.T. help more kittens and other cats and purchase the 2018 calendar, full of more stories and information. All proceeds go to help pay Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s medical bills for current and ongoing rescues.

Pittsburgh CAT Calendar cover.
Pittsburgh CAT Calendar cover.

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2 thoughts on “Rescue Story: From Quadriplegic To Capable Kitten

    • January 27, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      He’s a real miracle, Chris. No one expected that to happen!


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