There are funny cat videos and then there are heart warmers.
Sam Tochtrop has given us the latter.
He wasn’t really a cat lover. “I’ve always hated cats. But I like Scooter so much.”
Tochtrop, a medical student at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, adopted Scooter even though she “wasn’t going to be the usual cat.”
She could not use her 2 back legs because of a spinal deformity.
Hence the name Scooter, who scoots her way through life. Her scoot.butt Instagram account has more than 15,000 followers.
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She nuzzles the human who did a 180 in his love for cats. Sam built ramps and a special cozy box for Scoot. He taped electrical cords on the walls to keep them out of her way. He even takes her on road trips.
He even has to help her do her business — in his toilet.
I frequently get asked about Scooter's bathroom habits, so I thought I'd show you some of how it's done! I express Scooter's bladder and bowels manually. For her bladder, we do this 3-4x per day. A vet taught us how to do it. Her pee shoots out like a little cannon, and it's a really quick process! Her bladder can typically last 12+ hours between expressions if we need it to, but I try to do it at least every 6-8 hours when possible. The little hand holding thing we do at the end is so she can get her other paw unstuck off of my shirt without tearing it. I'll try to upload a video soon of how we do poops! 💩
She is inspiring Tochtrop to be a better doctor.
“I do feel there is a small portion of compassion that is required to look at a creature — a person or an animal — and say that it’s deserving of a quality of life,” he says.
If my calculations are correct, today marks the two year anniversary of our Instagram page! It's strange to think about what my life would be like without this. It kinda makes me sad to think about, because overall, this page has brought a lot of positivity into my life. The comments our Scootbutties leave on our posts drive me to keep posting. It's awesome how many of you have said that we've brightened your days just by sharing our lives with you. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: This silly Instagram page is probably the biggest positive impact I've had on the world so far. I think my career might tip those scales another way at some point, but for now, I'm extremely happy with what I've been able to do thanks to this page. Thank you all so much for helping us get to where we are!
Scooter the cat with paralyzed legs is an inspiration to Kansas City medical student Sam Tochtrop. Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences