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Shortly after arriving at HRA’s medical center, Talleyrand started acupuncture treatment and has since regained feeling as well as movement in her hind feet and tail. Thanks to the care and determination from the HRA medical team, Talleyrand took her first steps toward a life as a normal cat and is expected to be able to walk on her own again. (Image: Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)

Pet of the Week: Talleyrand the miracle kitty

Meet Talleyrand, a five-month-old kitten with a remarkable story! When she was just two months old, Talleyrand arrived at the Humane Rescue Alliance paralyzed with no deep pain or movement in her hind legs or tail. Our Animal Control Officer found Talleyrand after receiving reports of a kitten falling trapped in a storm drain. They found Talleyrand and confirmed her injuries, which had been left untreated for several days. X-rays confirmed she had a fracture of her L3 vertebra and shifting of her spinal column.

Shortly after arriving at HRA’s medical center, Talleyrand started acupuncture treatment and has since regained feeling as well as movement in her hind feet and tail. Before treatment she wasn’t able to urinate or defecate on her own, with staff having to express her bladder. She can now get herself in and out of her litter box and is making amazing progress. She’s also receiving electroacupuncture to help stimulate the nerves and to increase the effect from the acupuncture treatments. Thanks to the care and determination from our medical team, Talleyrand took her first steps toward a life as a normal cat and is expected to be able to walk on her own again.

While she may never be your standard kitty that can climb, jump, or perch up high, Talleyrand is perfectly able to live a happy, comfortable life. She is smart, curious, and loooooves toys, though she is still learning her kitten manners and likes to play with things she is not "supposed" to (people-hands seem pretty fun to her). In order to keep playing and walking, Talleyrand is looking for a home who will be dedicated to accommodating her limitations and ongoing treatment needs for the rest of her life. She loves her caretakers at HRA, and they love her - but she is ready for the next part of her story.

If you are interested in adopting, Talleyrand, please email adoptOGL@humanerescuealliance.org, or better yet, come meet her in person at the Oglethorpe Street Adoption Center.

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