João from Paraná in Brazil went to visit his neighbour, whose cat had recently had a litter of kittens. The tiny kittens were only a couple of weeks old. As the boy started playing with the mini felines, he quickly saw that something wasn’t quite right with one of them.
One of the kittens seemed unable to walk and wasn’t playing with the others.
“[He] saw a kitten that couldn’t walk,” said Rogéria Bello Corazza, João’s mum posted on Facebook. “He was very sad to see the other kittens playing, and that she could not play.”
Wanted to help
The 9-year-old decided to take matters into his own hands to change all that.
"He returned home and started to have ideas about how to help," Rogéria wrote.
João wanted to create something that would enable the kitten to walk but knew that anything he made would have to fit her tiny little body in order for it to be comfortable and work effectively.
So the kind lad decided to get creative.
With the help of a friend, clever João designed and built a tiny, custom made wheelchair specifically for his new kitten friend.
While no one was quite sure whether the kitten would tolerate its new wheels and be able to walk with it, João’s hard work paid off.
"She was walking in just a few minutes," Rogéria posted.
Rogéria was so proud of what her son had done for the kitten that she posted a video on her Facebook page. The cute video shows the little kitten finally getting the hang of being able to move around on her own.
Posted by Rogéria Bello Corazza on Wednesday, January 9, 2019
While it’s not clear what caused the kitten’s disability, now it has its new wheels it can enjoy whizzing around and playing with the other cats.
All thanks to João.
“His joy of being able to help was the best part," his mum said.