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Fragile Kitten Found On The Brink Of Survival Becomes A Resilient Fighter Defying All Odds

Fragile Kitten Found On The Brink Of Survival Becomes A Resilient Fighter Defying All Odds

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I recently came across a heartwarming story about Rocky, a special needs kitty whose journey from a fragile newborn to a spirited survivor is truly inspiring.

This little warrior has captured my heart, and I’m excited to share his remarkable journey with you.

When Dawn Firestone found Rocky, he was barely clinging to life. He was so young that his eyes were still closed and so weak that he could barely breathe. Faced with his dire condition, few believed Rocky would pull through.

adorable little kitty
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Dawn took Rocky under her wing, promising him a life of love and care if he could make it. She recalled their beginnings in a YouTube video, sharing:

“When I got him, he could hardly breathe. Every 10-15 seconds, he would gasp for air. I promised him then, ‘If you make it, I guarantee you I would give you the best life ever.’”

To Dawn’s relief, Rocky eventually started meowing a little, a small but significant sign of hope. It was as if he was telling her he was willing to fight, despite the odds.

kitten with special needs
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Rocky’s early days were a fierce struggle. Dawn had to delicately drip milk into his little mouth as he struggled to eat. Every feeding session was challenging, as she explained:

“I would barely have to dribble the milk in him as he would sometimes lick it. It was hard, I would just squeeze it a little bit he would suck and then stop.”

Despite these difficulties, Dawn persisted, driven by the promise she made to Rocky. Her dedication was unwavering, fueled by the tiny signs of progress Rocky showed.

cute kitten crawling
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As days passed, Rocky’s condition began to improve. He gradually learned to eat wet food and formula by himself, often getting it all over his face. His resilience paid off, and his tiny body began to gain strength.

However, just as she thought her little buddy would be okay, Dawn noticed something concerning. Whenever Rocky attempted to walk, his hind legs would collapse, as Dawn explained:

“Every once in a while he would try to walk his bottom was always down on the rug. He looked like a seal and he would just kick off on his legs.”

very sweet kitten
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Concerned about his mobility, Dawn consulted a neurologist and arranged for an X-ray. The prognosis was disheartening – Rocky had lost feeling in his hind legs and tail.

However, Dawn and her vet believed otherwise because when his legs and tail were gently squeezed, Rocky would look back at what was happening and his legs would slightly kick.

kitten and wheels
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Determined not to give up, Dawn got Rocky a special wheelchair to help build his leg muscles. She encouraged him to move and exercise, hoping his nerves would heal, sharing:

“He’s not used to using his legs all the time, so I try not to keep it on him for too long. So that way, his muscles don’t get sore or anything.”

Rocky adapted quickly to his new wheels, learning to walk over to his bed when he would get tired so Dawn could take him out of it. His perseverance was astounding, and his spirit was undimmed by the challenges he faced.

kitten walking with wheels on
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Despite his physical limitations, Rocky’s spirit remains unbroken. He zooms around the house and plays like any other kitten. Dawn joyfully observes:

“He will literally run all over the house chasing the ball at 100 miles an hour and he goes crazy. Nothing stops him. He could be running around all day. Unbreakable, unstoppable, that’s totally him!”

Dawn cherishes every moment with Rocky, who’s not only resilient but also incredibly loving. Their bond is truly special, built on the love and strength they find in each other.

kitten laying down
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Rocky’s journey is far from over. With Dawn’s dedication and care, there’s hope that one day he’ll walk like any other cat, truly living up to his namesake. Dawn shares her optimism:

“He’s a fighter like Rocky and that’s why I named him Rocky – he’s done it all and is just rocking it… His story isn’t over. Maybe he might walk one day.”

From a fragile kitten to an unstoppable force, Rocky continues to inspire. His story is yet to unfold, filled with hope and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

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