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Cher's Challenge - let's get Cher walking!

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Cher is a 5 month old special-needs kitten in Louisiana, USA. The kitten was discovered by a rescuer doing TNR. The kitten could not stand up or walk, and the rescuer was told that the kitten had been attacked by a dog. The rescuer took the kitten home to temporarily foster her until a better place could be found. She named the kitten Cher.

Another rescuer agreed to take Cher in, and she was taken to a Vet where Cher was evaluated, had her spine and legs x-rayed, and was combo-tested (negative). There seems to be a misalignment of Cher's spine and a problem with her last 3 vertebrae. Apparently Cher's ribs were also injured, but had healed on their own. Cher can control her bowels and her bladder, and she is not paralyzed, as she has feeling and movement in both legs and feet!

The Vet said more advanced imagery could be done to determine if Cher is a candidate for surgery to attempt to restore use of her legs. Sometimes in these cases the spine can be “unstable”, in which case surgery has the risk of making the situation worse, but that may not be the case for Cher, since her spine seems “stable”. The Vet said Cher must have been in a lot of pain at one time, but believes she is not currently in any pain. Cher would benefit greatly from physical therapy, and may be a good candidate for a cart since she can move her legs.

Cher's rescuer was unable to find a special-needs rescue in the USA that had space to take Cher.  We here at Ivy's Rescue in Nova Scotia, Canada, saw a post about Miss Cher, and we've fallen in love with her indomitable spirit!  We're encouraged by the fact that she can move her legs, and we'd like to try to help get her walking again, if it is at all possible!  We've agreed to take Cher, and her kind rescuer is willing to do the transport all the way from Louisiana to Nova Scotia!  So now we're raising funds to assist with transportation costs, and also to help pay for further evaluation (and hopefully the successful treatment) of Cher's condition. If all goes well and Cher IS a candidate for surgery, we will likely increase our fundraising goal, but this will certainly be a great start! We would be exceptionally grateful for any and all donations toward "Cher's Challenge" of getting her walking!

You can also follow along on our rescue page at: www.facebook.com/IvysStory
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I'm sorry that it's taken me so long to post an update; Cher is keeping us very busy! Cher has now seen the Orthopedic specialist and the findings are as follows:

The Orthopedic Vet agrees that Cher does have intentional movement in her hind legs and tail! The specialist also repeatedly tested Cher's pain response, and Cher did exhibit a consistent pain response in her rear legs; this means that Cher also has feeling in her legs and her major nerves are intact! However, although Cher's major nerves are intact, she seems to have some damage to the smaller nerves higher up along her spine, which actually fits with the Louisiana Vets' findings of damage to Cher's ribs from the dog attack. The good news is that the smaller nerves have a much greater chance of healing and repair than damage to the major nerves would have.

While there is a slight rotation of Cher's lower spine that was seen in the x-rays taken by the two Vets she saw in Louisiana, that is not the reason why Cher can't use her legs. If it was a matter of spinal compression, the Orthopedic Vet could attempt surgery, but since the spine is not the reason Cher can't walk, there is not anything surgical he can do to help Cher walk.

As I suspected, there is atrophy in Cher's muscles. However, there are three types of muscle atrophy and, sadly, Cher has the worst kind (neurogenic, rather than physiologic or pathologic). This does not mean that Cher cannot ever walk again, it simply means that it will be a much longer and more labour-intensive process involving a lot of physiotherapy to keep the muscles moving and encouraging the healing of those smaller nerves.

The specialist said that we've been doing the right things for Cher: physio, massage, resistance therapy. And he also said that he's optimistic that this will continue to result in the improvement we've already seen in Cher's ability to move her legs. He wants me to send him videos of her progress and to keep in touch about her condition.

So, although there is no magic fix that the Orthopedic Vet can perform surgically, we can be cautiously optimistic that Cher will continue to show improvement and it is likely she will be able to walk again. We're going to also be starting acupuncture therapy in June, and we're still considering getting Cher a "wheelie cart" to help get her hind end up off the floor and, hopefully, help encourage her to use her rear legs more.

Our local paper has done an update on Cher's story: https://www.hantsjournal.ca/community/cautiously-optimistic-chariots-for-cher-fundraiser-ongoing-as-surgery-not-an-option-for-special-needs-kitty-315348/?fbclid=IwAR1pVLjOah590K5azXXprngILWkZ9v_klYa8bliiUpYmnSIIg78NZyfEePU
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Cher has been with us almost 3 weeks now, and she's fitting right in. She's affectionate and loving, but also has a mind of her own! Cher loves our other cats and even chases them when she wants to play! We're doing physiotherapy hoping to improve her muscle tone, and she's actually showing improvement! The increase in leg movement is even helping Cher learn to use a low-sided litter box rather than just a pee pad. She has an appointment with an Orthopedic Veterinarian in early May, and we hope to have some good news. But even if there isn't anything surgically we can do to "fix" Cher, I do believe that continued physiotherapy may go a very long way toward getting her to use her back legs again.

Cher has even had an interview with our local newspaper: https://www.hantsjournal.ca/community/chariots-for-cher-windsor-business-owner-determined-to-see-kitten-regain-mobility-following-dog-attack-305391/?fbclid=IwAR3cNnX8RXcr903Oq5HIm7qw8Vn7yu4nwyfN3wmVgAQx7UgaC9rjZTcE6L8
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She's here, she's here, SHE'S HERE!!!
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It's happening!! Miss Cher will be flying in tonight!!
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