Paralyzed Cat Scales A Flight Of Stairs, Shows Us The True Meaning Of Determination

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on July 27, 2016

Animals teach us so many lessons like how to be compassionate, empathetic, and unconditionally loving. They also teach us the true meaning of persistence and how to be resilient, even in less-than-ideal circumstances.

This is Scooter, a cat who was found as a stray and has permanently paralyzed back legs. But that doesn’t stop her from achieving her goals!

Along with her human, who obviously has an optimistic attitude, this kitty can achieve amazing feats.

“Good luck telling me what I can and can’t do. Except jumping; I definitely can’t do that,” reads Scooter’s humorous Instagram page.

A photo posted by Scooter the cat (@scoot.butt) on

Recently, Scooter’s human posted an inspiring video of the not-so-disabled kitty scaling a flight of stairs.

This is what “determination” looks like:

A video posted by Scooter the cat (@scoot.butt) on

“When I get to the top step, the floor is hardwood, so I get stuck. Yet I still climb them all the time for some reason,” reads the video’s caption.

Holy cow, Scooter! You are truly an inspiration. And to Scooter’s human: thanks for not giving up on this incredible cat!

You can see more of Scooter on Instagram @scoot.butt.