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The Little Kitty That Could

 

Carmen Bernard of Jacksonville, FL. recently found and adopted this sweetly adorable special needs kitten and set her up with a Facebook page called The Little Kitty That Could. The photo above showing the little blind girl looking into the camera is winning friends for the still unnamed young kitten, who also has a deformed leg. Carmen is determined that the kitten will have the best possible life.

Carmen found the kitten in the middle of the road last Sunday, and at first thought she was a baby opossum. Because of the way the kitten was formed, Carmen initially thought she’d been hit by a car. She took the kitten to the vet first thing Monday morning and learned more about the very special little creature.

 

The photo at top is accompanied by this description:

“Here I am in all my glory! The vet said I was probably not run over by a car and that I was more than likely born this way. I am about 5 weeks old, can’t see a thing and probably never will. My right leg is so deformed that it actually curls up and over my back. Left side not quite right either ;) Fronts seem to work fine and I can scoot myself along pretty well.

“The vet gave her 2 options. Put me to sleep or take care of me for the rest of my life because I am something called “unadoptable”. You see where I end up ;) I am going to get the best chance of a “normal” life starting tonight when I l get to walk (fall and roll) across the keyboard while she tried to write this letter. I have a face (and body) that only a mother could love and I’m glad that she’s mine. Best wishes to you and yours!”

Of course, the kitten has a face that most of us cannot help but love. Carmen is asking visitors to her Facebook page to recommend names.

Kitty’s right hind leg is facing backward, and may be twisted. The has been no diagnosis, as such, but it may be a case of bilateral arthrogryposis, such as the famed Corky from Cats cradle Shelter of Fargo, ND had before surgery. The vet reportedly said kitty’s pelvis and left leg are abnormal. Her little tail is stubby, too.

According to the vet, as shared at the LKTC page, kitty’s eyelids don’t open all the way, and she has no pupilary reflex to light. The vet said it might be possible for the kitten to gain some functional sight in the future.

Kitty is eating soft food from a bowl, and, as Carmen notes, is able to get around. The second video shows her moving around to burrow down into her little nest.

She has some messiness when doing her poos and needs to be cleaned with baby wipes. She is still very young, and it remains to be seen if that will continue to be an issue or not.

Carmen welcomes new “likes” to her The Little Kitty That Could Facebook page.She has already been made aware of Tenth Life Cat Rescue and Leggings For Life, both of whom are experienced helping kitties with similar conditions, and with Anakin, whose condition is different but whose ability to thrive without a pelvis of hind legs is surely inspiring.

This photo shows kitty’s malformed leg.

 

 

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    December 15, 2012 2:39 pmPosted 1 year ago
    vickie

    the kitten’s back leg can be fixed.I saw a cat with both legs turned around..she looks like the birman breed

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    December 16, 2012 8:38 amPosted 1 year ago
    Julie Lewis

    God bless kitty. I’m worried if Kitty can’t poo right and has to be wiped with baby wipes, will the owner still keep Kitty? I know I would as I don’t mind taking in disabled animals. It wouldn’t be an issue to me but I feel the cat will learn about the litter box soon. I hope she has her furever home now and Kitty, Love you, Merry Christmas and have a blessed wonderful long life.

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    December 19, 2012 6:28 pmPosted 1 year ago
    laurie

    she is so adorable and i know that if i found her i would love her forever and take care of her as i do spike who has CH

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    December 19, 2012 7:49 pmPosted 1 year ago
    jude

    I would call this kitty, Le petit minou qui pourrait

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      December 21, 2012 12:07 pmPosted 1 year ago
      Darly Abbott

      of course her name should be Possum! She may have some struggles in her life, but with God, all things are possum-ble :)

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    December 19, 2012 8:28 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Hope Street

    Hope would be a good name for her since you gave her hope by adopting her and giving her a chance at life. I feel sure she will be the best pet you have ever loved.

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  • December 19, 2012 8:36 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lisa Richman (of A Tonk's Tale)

    The vet called this precious thing unadoptable? Thank goodness for some of the more enlightened shelters and rescue groups. We just finished shooting a video to showcase our own special needs boy, Stiles – he has the exact same deformity only with both his front legs. Our shelter will keep him until we find his perfect forever family!

    Thank you Carmen for not listening to your vet and choosing to adopt instead of euthanizing!

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    December 19, 2012 9:38 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Joyce

    That is the most precious baby I have ever seen. Both of you are lucky to have found each other. Love that angel furever!

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    December 20, 2012 3:20 amPosted 1 year ago
    janet

    I think that I’d call the kitty Precious. Looks like she has found her forever home.Regarding oops, in the U.K. you can get kitty cat nappies. All the best for the future

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    December 20, 2012 10:29 amPosted 1 year ago
    Kat

    I took in a cat who was FIV-positive. She was a “carrier” and, thankfully, never came down with full-blown kitty AIDS–but it was a daily struggle keeping her healthy and keeping her weight up. She was the first cat I had ever owned, and I will tell you the fact that she was sick only endeared her to me that much MORE. When she passed away after 10 yrs (which my Vet commended me for keeping her healthy/happy that long!), I never quite got over it. For any “small” thing I did for her, she gave me SO MUCH MORE BACK. “Callie-Kat” has been gone 9 yrs and I STILL cannot talk about her without “tearing” up. LOVE THIS LITTLE CAT! You will NOT regret the experience.

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    December 20, 2012 10:33 amPosted 1 year ago
    Kat

    “Where” or “how” can we help with this precious baby’s medical bills and health care needs…? Is there a website set up somewhere?

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  • December 23, 2012 11:07 pmPosted 1 year ago
    梦珠沙华

    我是在大头妈博客里看到这篇文章的!
    海豹腿是可以治好的!我捡小丢的时候,小丢就是后双腿都是海豹腿!那个时候小丢很小,估计刚刚满月,被人扔到马路上准备轧死的。我捧起她,才有我手掌般大!我在武汉找到第5家医院的时候,终于找到了能治小丢腿的李医生。由于小丢太小腿太细,没有合适的夹板矫正,李医生就用杉树皮手工做的夹板给小丢的腿固定矫正,每星期去调整一次(因为小猫长得很快),三星期后,小丢的腿就神奇的痊愈了!

    http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_b310037001015qo0.html
    这个博客是我写的《小丢的身世》,里面有小丢海豹腿的照片,现在小丢的弹跳可好了,立定能跳1.5米!我在心里非常感谢那位治好小丢腿的医生,是他给了小丢健康幸福的生活!不过医生说,海豹腿的治疗越早效果越好!
    如果有问题可以联系我,不过我的英文很差,需用中文和我交流!

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    December 29, 2012 9:37 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Lisa E.

    She has such an angelic face and demeanor, the first name that came to mind was “Angel”. She is so beautiful and so is her adoptive Mom!

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    January 15, 2013 7:03 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Caroline Branca

    How about Papillon? That’s French for butterfly (bet you knew that) because you saw inside her little body (like a cocoon) to the beautiful spirit inside and transformed her from “unadoptable” to treasured!

    You both have beautiful spirits! Thanks for seeing her with love, not limitations!

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