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Abandoned disabled cat has new leash of life

Brutiss using her walking frame
Brutiss using her walking frame Image credit:

A cat born with brain damage who was cast aside from her mother has been fitted with a custom made wheelchair so she can enjoy a new leash of life.

Brutiss was found by vet Shannan Egan in her back garden, at first she feared the animal would never be able to walk.

Determined to do the best for her new adoptive pet Egan, of Massachusetts, USA, made Brutiss her a small contraption so she could stand on all four feet.

The creative vet told ‘Her first walker was made for her by my dad following instructions from a YouTube video. It was made from white PVC pipe and some scrap wheels.

‘My mum sewed the belly sling, then we used a ferret harness.

‘Bru took to the walker pretty quickly, within a few minutes. We added booties to help her get better traction on the hardwood flooring.

‘She did well in it – that’s when we decided to invest in a custom wheelchair.

‘Brutiss needs some extra help, but in other ways she’s just like any other indoor cat – she naps, plays, eats etc.

‘She certainly doesn’t spring, but she can cruise along at a comfortable walking pace.’

Brutiss, now six, was found on the lawn with a sibling, although the second kitten died soon after being taken in by Shannan.

‘Sadly the littermate passed away within the first week, but Bru was a tough little cookie. I bottle-fed her until she was weaned onto kitten food,” Egan explained.

‘Both kittens had a grey coat colour called a “fever coat”. Kittens have this if their mother is either ill or very stressed during pregnancy.’

The vet believes Bru’s mother was infected with feline panleukopenia virus, which can lead to cerebellar hypoplasia.

Despite her disability and thanks to the awesome wheelchair Brutiss leads a normal life, she loves going for a swim, although every now and then she struggles when it comes to corners.

Shannan said: ‘As long as the water is warm, she’s fine with it! She has a life jacket to help with buoyancy.

‘A lot of people assume she can’t control her bladder and bowel – this isn’t true. She’s not paralysed, just has terrible balance.’

She added: ‘Brutiss is happy and healthy and living her best life.

‘We started her social media accounts to show people that cats with disabilities can still live happy, healthy lives if provided with a supportive environment.

‘Not everyone is in a position to provide such a home, but for the folks that are able to do so, these pets are very rewarding to care for.’

Brutiss has her own Instagram account which currently has around 20,000 followers.