Amputee Kitten Adopted by Family Whose Toddler Lost Arm to Cancer

A kitten that lost its leg has a home with a California family whose toddler is missing an arm. Simone Tipton decided that Holly the kitten would be a wonderful pet for two-year-old Scarlette Tipton, who was born with a rare form of cancer that resulted in her left arm being amputated last year when she was just 10 months old, ABC News reported.

The Tiptons drove more than two hours to the shelter where Holly was being offered for adoption. (Screengrab: KABC News)

Simone Tipton told ABC News that she “immediately saw a special bond” between the three-month-old kitten and her daughter after she and her husband, Mathew Tipton, drove more than two hours to San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus to meet Holly just before Christmas Eve.

“When we were playing with the cat on the floor, Scarlette noticed it had staples on its side and a drainage tube sticking out, which she had to deal with as well, after her own amputation,” Simone Tipton said. “She pointed at it, saying, ‘Owie, the cat is hurting’ and placed her own hand on her left side where her amputation was. She’s only 2, but I think she really understood and it clicked with her that the cat was just like her.”

The kitten was found bleeding with her paw dangling by two women in Perris, Calif., on Dec. 17, according to a news release from San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus. Edith Rios and her daughter-in-law Kelley Gonzalez wrapped the 3-month-old kitten in towels and rushed it to the shelter. Veterinarians were able to save Holly’s life, but they had to amputate her right front leg.

The Tiptons had been searching for a kitten for six months when they heard about Holly on the news, they told ABC. “We brought her home thinking she’d have trouble jumping on the couch and bed, but she’s just jumping around the house like it’s no big deal, climbing around and exploring.”


Simone told ABC that she immediately knew the kitten would fit right into their family. The Tiptons were told that their daughter might not be able to crawl, stand or walk, “but she figured all of that out herself with the help of a physical therapist and we saw that exact fighting spirit in the cat,” she said.

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