Rescue Black Kitty from Quadriplegic to Moving Again

A little black kitten was found unable to walk. A kind woman brought him into the Tenth Life, a rescue group for strays in the St. Louis area. They discovered that the little kitty was completely immobile, but against all odds, the volunteers never gave up on him. Then one day, something amazing happened….

Lincoln the rescue kitty and his story by Tenth Life (facebook page):

Last weekend, we received a deeply concerning call: a woman in north St. Louis found a four-week-old kitten in the middle of the sidewalk, completely immobile. She brought him inside to
help him and scan for injuries, but couldn’t find anything immediately visible. She fed and observed the kitten, who just laid on his side, unable to stand or move his legs. She assumed he had broken his legs and/or paws.

When we picked Lincoln up from the woman’s home, our hearts sank, seeing that this poor kitten was essentially quadriplegic. Never ones to give up hope, we had the tiny, motionless kitten examined, fearing the worst. Our vets felt his was a spinal or neurological injury, and they were unsure what impact, if any, physical therapy would have for his condition.

Amazing foster parents, Bobbi & John, took this news as a challenge, and they are performing physical therapy with little Lincoln 6 times a day, pumping his little legs, stretching them out, and supporting him as he learns to walk again.

2 days ago, he could only lie limply, raising his head occasionally. Tonight, the tenacious kitten is curling his paws around a human finger, standing with support, and picking up his paws to take steps. He even sat on his hind legs and batted at a toy!!! Bobbi says that this little bit of exertion utterly exhausted him and he is now napping soundly, but we are incredibly encouraged by his progress in such a short period, and we’re confident that Lincoln will walk again.

cute rescue black kitten Lincoln tenth life

cute rescue black kitten Lincoln tenth life

Lincoln’s First Steps:

For more updates on Lincoln’s progress, follow Tenth Life’s facebook page or visit them at their website. Vote for Tenth Life to support their work.

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50 Responses to “Rescue Black Kitty from Quadriplegic to Moving Again”

  1. Thamar says:

    Tears in my eyes…

  2. ursulina says:

    Bless Bobbie & John & Tenth life for not giving up. Here’s to hoping for a fully recovered kitty with a great chance at life!

  3. sue says:

    so sweet hope the baby gets better soon

  4. Patricia Brown says:

    poor little sweetheart! lucky too, to have such great devoted foster parents to give him a chance at life again.

  5. Janet says:

    God Bless you Bobbi and John for taking on this little kitty and his Challenge. And Bless Tenth life for rescuing this little baby and God bless the woman that found this little baby and gave him a second chance at life. I have tears in my eyes right now because it’s so sad. But, I know I will have tears of happiness soon because he’ll be able to walk again and play like a normal little kitten someday. Bless you all!

  6. beckyl says:


  7. Preston says:

    Proof that every little life is precious to God. Bless all of those who were and are involved in seeing this little guy get his mobility back.

  8. katie k says:

    There are such kind people still in this world,God bless those volunteers who are taking care of this poor baby. Good luck to all of them!!

  9. Sleepy says:

    Makes you cry, what wonderful people

  10. carole says:


  11. nnua says:

    Please continue the great work helping this little kitty. May he walk again!!!

  12. Fernanda says:

    God bless this little baby and all the people helping him! :)

  13. Chrissi says:

    wishing him well soon please give him a kiss from me

  14. Montse says:

    Gloss bles his Humans parents :) and i will pray evrynigth for his recovery
    Kiss and Hughs for tis little one!!!
    :D :D :D

  15. Jenny says:

    Go Lincoln go!

  16. Jennifer says:

    My prayers are with the little guy!

  17. Gail says:

    Sweet little baby! God bless his wonderful foster parents. I hope he continues his progress! GO LINCOLN!

  18. Cinda says:

    It just shows never give up, what a sweet story and Lincoln will be a beauty.

  19. Mysty says:

    what a sweet baby…….. I am so happy he is with You and John, Bobbi ….. how anyone could hurt such a beautiful baby kitten. Inconceivable how anyone could be so cruel.

  20. Ale says:

    What a beautiful little baby. What a beautiful story <3

  21. Ingrid says:

    Thank you so much to the foster family! You are wonderful people!! I love you! I hope for a full recovery for little Lincoln ♥♥♥

  22. Starla says:

    This story is so sweet! I’m very confident that Lincoln will walk proud on his own very soon.

  23. Shelly Lyon says:

    Tears. How incredibly inspiring.

  24. Mary says:

    he is so adorable. Physical therapy does wonders. If he has some feeling to his limbs, tickling or massaging can make those nerves/muscles work.

  25. Sandra L. says:

    I am simply impressed, so many just give up hope, I congratulate you guys for never giving up on the poor little fella, my heart goes out to you! What a cute kitten he is!

  26. Kymmi says:

    The kitty isnt quadraplegic… its got cerebellar hypoplasia. so it just ends up being all wobboly

    • Jeff says:

      Are you a vet Kymmi?

    • Bobbi H says:

      Lincoln did not have CH in any way, shape, nor form. He was quadriplegic after suffering an unknown spinal injury that left him 100% immobile. His prognosis was unknown. It was after physical therapy when he started showing signs of movement and regaining mobility. In the first steps video, he was wobbly, because he didn’t have the strength in his legs to support him at that time (because he had been completely immobile) so he was wavering between the sides of the cat bed and towels. Lincoln is now completely normal today.

  27. enigmachine says:

    What a brave kitty.
    People should all have that much courage.
    Thanks for not giving up, everyone!

  28. Cindy says:

    Kymmi, are you a vet? If so & yr right, that’s great news for the kitten.
    Why didn’t the kittens vet pick up on that??

  29. Katie W says:

    Aw, what a sweet little guy.

  30. Tony Torres says:

    Rock on little guy!

  31. Adriana says:

    Angel…gets better soon…<3

  32. Chelsea says:

    I love this story. It warms my heart!

  33. Peggy says:

    Dear caregivers,

    Bless you, bless you, bless you and Little Lincoln!

  34. monica says:


  35. Hayley says:

    Watching the videos brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for taking care of him. God bless.

  36. Rebecca says:

    Oh he is so adorable. It’s sad that he was found the way he was but thank God he was found. You are amazing for taking care of this little sweetheart. God Bless you!! =)

  37. Jeff says:

    this is such a great story! i loved the third video of Lincoln dashing across the kitchen floor GO SPEED RACER GO!!

  38. Jill says:

    So heartwarming to hear there are kind loving people to help this little guy on his way to a good life!

  39. Cattywumpus says:

    I hope Kymmi is right. I saw an recent/Christmas picture of him on Facebook, and he looked wonderful – but there was no update on his condition. He is beyond adorable.

  40. Dee says:

    OK, now I’m crying. If I had one-tenth the tenacity Lincoln has I would be able to accomplish so much more. And a big thank you to the humans that took him in.

  41. Linda says:

    What a cutie! Love me a black kittie!

  42. Fernanda says:

    Aaaaw he even ran! He is a fighter! God bless y’all

  43. Debra Olsen says:

    Amazing patience & dedication…know in your hearts that you are helping & respecting the smallest & most helpless among us. Lincoln is gorgeous. :-)

  44. If there was ever a story that teaches us to NEVER give up hope, this is it. Thank you for taking little Lincoln from what seemed impossible to incredibly inspiring. And thank you, Lincoln, for being so cute, and then so handsome.

  45. iNovaa says:

    Lincoln is the meowst cutest kitten I’ve ever seen! Bless his foster parents!

  46. Franklin says:

    What a great story! Thanks so much for helping him and never giving up on him!

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