João is a 9-year-old who is young — but also has a heart of gold.
And upon meeting a kitten with a disability, he used that heart of his to do some good.
João resides in Paraná, Brazil, where he recently visited a neighbor’s house.
A few weeks back, a litter of kittens had been born and he had been itching to spend some time with them.
But something did not seem alright.
“[He] saw a kitten that couldn’t walk,” the boy’s mother, Rogéria Bello Corazza, wrote online. “He was very sad to see the other kittens playing, and that she could not play.”
It was in that moment that the young boy decided to help this small kitten.
“He returned home and started to have ideas about how to help,” Corazza wrote.
João thought the kitten would be helped by a mobility cart but she required one that was very small to fit her small frame.
The boy got thinking and with a help of friend who lent him a few materials so he could craft a small, custom wheelchair that was specifically designed for the kitten who could not walk.
Corazza wrote: “She was walking in just a few minutes,”
Corazza then posted a video of the kitten discovering she can move around on her own, thanks to João.
Though it is not certain where the kitten’s disability originated, her spirit is thankfully now strong.
She luckily has a friend in this boy to help her get to where she needs to be.
“His joy of being able to help was the best part,” Corazza wrote.
If you have a disabled cat in your life, we have a few tips to make sure your little kitty is taken care of appropriately.
There are plenty of natural remedies for the treatment of pain related disabilities in cats. This includes CBD oil, essential oils as well as acupuncture or physical therapy (especially for issues like inter-vertebral disc disease, which leads to loss or rear leg function.)
Also, wheelchairs or harnesses are perfect ways to transport your pets, much like João and his kitten.
They are great options for when your cat likes to go outside or up and/or down stairs.
After any trauma, a disabled cat may be fidgety as well as reluctant to try new things or socialize. But with attention and care, your cat will eventually adapt as – just like humans – after anything negative happens in their lives, they need time to recover and adjust.
In addition, it may be helpful to make a few minor modifications to a few of your cat’s activities so it can make its terrain more accessible.
Elevating your cat’s feeding bowl will also help so your cat will not have to bend over too low to get their nourishment.
If your home has a lot of stairs, some find it beneficial to put in a few small ramps.
Last but not least, rearranging furniture and/or clearing any wide spaces for your cat will help them navigate the room easier.
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