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KC's Scoot the cat, whose hind legs are paralyzed, is now Internet famous

Cat who can't use hind legs is inspiring KC medical student

Taking care of Scooter, a cat who can't use her hind legs because of a spinal deformity, is inspiring to Kansas City medical student Sam Tochtrop. Scooter has more than 15,000 followers on Instagram.
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Taking care of Scooter, a cat who can't use her hind legs because of a spinal deformity, is inspiring to Kansas City medical student Sam Tochtrop. Scooter has more than 15,000 followers on Instagram.

There are crazy cat videos and then there are heart warmers.

Sam Tochtrop has given us the latter.

"So I've never been a cat person," he tells us up front. "I've always hated cats. But I like Scooter a lot."

Tochtrop, a medical student at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, adopted her even though she "wasn't going to be a normal cat."

She could not use her hind 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.

Kisses for my missus.

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She nuzzles the human who did a 180 in his appreciation of cats. Sam built ramps and a special cozy box for Scoot. He taped electrical cords to the walls to keep them out of her way. He takes her on road trips.

He even has to help her do her business — in his toilet.

She is inspiring Tochtrop to be a better doctor.

"I do feel there is a small amount 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.

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