Joa’s Arc was made aware of an amazing kitten by a friend on Facebook - this kitten is happy and healthy although he has no hind legs. This kitten is safe in the arms of his rescuer, Carrie H, who didn't run away like many would. Instead she embraced him and loves this extra special kitten regardless of what the future holds for him. We felt it was important to share this story of inspiration...
From Carrie H: "We have a new kitten! A very special new kitten. I wasn't looking to get another cat right now, but you know how these things just happen....
About two weeks ago a kitten without back legs started coming over to eat with the other feral cats at my dad's work. My first few trips to attempt to catch it didn't work out. Then Thursday (5/31), Ian, Angel and I went to see if this was the day we could catch it. The kitten was cowering in the bushes and I climbed into the bushes and pulled the kitten out.
We brought the kitten home and I set it up in our hall bathroom, exactly like I did with Trixie & Pixie two years earlier.
Friday morning (6/1) I took him to our vet as soon as they opened. Our vet said she has never seen anything like him before and he is amazing ... and that it's also amazing that his mother took care of him even with his handicap. She examined him and he is a little boy, approximately 6 - 8 weeks old and it in really good health.
Two x-rays on him showed he was born with no pelvis or back legs. We let him walk around the room for a minute to see how he moves. He positions his front legs at an angle towards the middle of his body and balances his back end in the air with the use of his tail touching the ground if he needs it. He gets around really well that way and is pretty quick too. The x-ray also showed that his insides were not malformed :)
Now, he is home getting comfy in his bathroom and will be there for a while 'til he is bigger, stronger and ready to be socialized with the other cats and our dog. He is such a sweet calm little guy :) He is happy to cuddle in our laps and purrs really loud. He likes to play with a little toy mouse and also chase a beaded necklaces around on the floor. We have decided to name him "Anakin" and will be calling him "Ani" (yes after Anakin Skywalker :D )
Thank you, Carrie, for catching, caring for and giving Anakin a chance! We believe all animals, regardless of their disabilities, deserve it! Anakin is very special and so are you, Carrie!
Carrie is an accomplished artist who does beautiful work. Here is her website for all you cat lovers: http://www.tigerpixie.com