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Dachshund is paralyzed kitten’s constant protector and playmate [picture & video]

Jan 8, 2014 By Abraham

Ruth and Idgie

Three months ago, after being abandoned on the side of the road in Osteen, Florida, a dog and cat were picked up by animal control. This is a sad story, but unfortunately not altogether uncommon. What sets these two apart however is that the cat is paralyzed and is virtually immobile, especially compared to the agility of a normal cat. But the dog, a Dachshund, does not leave her side.

And now that the two have been adopted by Hollywood Houndz,┬áIdgie the Dachshund has a place to play with and protect her friend Ruth the Kitten. Whenever she has a new toy, she brings it to Ruth since she can’t come play with it herself. And whenever another dog comes in (It is a pet grooming studio, after all) Idgie stays between it and Idgie…

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  1. Jay says:

    I’m sorry, but what kind of quality of life is this cat having? Oh, yes, so cute that the dog loves the cat, bla bla bla…. That cat can’t walk to her litterbox. She can’t play, move to her food on her own, or defend herself. This is borderline cruel IMHO.

  2. lol says:

    jay, wtf? seriously, did you? so because you are immobile to a certain point means you have a crap quality of life? welp, time to put down about a million humans, i guess.

  3. BZ says:

    The cat looks like she has a wonderful spirit and is perfectly happy in her new home. I think it is wonderful that there are people who will care for a special needs animal. Your video tells a very lovely story. My kitty had a similar condition, and the front half of her body looked like she was just fine, while the rear part of her was paralyzed. I considered continuing with her in her new handicapped condition, but I discovered she was not really eating like she used to and she simply was not eliminating any waste. She had been to a cat vet who said this does not usually happen to cats/only dogs. I was then referred to a neurological vet. She had a spinal tap and x-rays as well as many blood tests. She needed to have an MRI, which they said may not reveal anything and I was not able to accomplish that at $2k. I had already spent nearly that much and simply did not have any more funds. I had to say good by to my best kitty buddy of 13.5 years because it was unlikely I could do anything for her. I will always wonder if my circumstances were different, would I have been able to restore her health. Blessings to you and your kitten and her companion dog.

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