The Queensland farmer who owned their HIV-infected mother was going to drown them. But Katina Balson of Cat Cuddle Cafe in Brisbane, Australia had other plans for these kittens born with twisted limbs, who have already undergone surgery and are running around like little goats, according to Balson.
Two of the three kittens, including Phylis, shown above, were suffering from radial hypoplasia, a bone condition brought on my lack of nourishment, according to the Cat Cuddle Cafe Facebook page and an article in the Daily Mail. Their mother was also rescued from the farm where she was kept as a mouser.
Now Balson is hand-feeding the kittens (they tend to topple into their food) and has started a Go Fund Me account that has raised more than $10,000 of the $15,000 needed for their medical expenses. “At this stage, the kittens have no idea that they have deformities and zoom around and play like any other little kittens,” Balson wrote on her Go Fund Me page. “They are hillarious, cuddly and just the sweetest tiny things. They are starting to wean which is giving mumma puss a bit of a break. Mumma’s name is Florence (as in Nightingale).”
The three kittens and their mother weren’t being fed, and were famished when they were rescued. “We just have pockets of country people who don’t seem to consider that animals have feelings,’ Balson told the Daily Mail. “Out there, it’s the wild west when it comes to animals.”
The kittens now have names: Phyllis, Michonne, and Fleur Bunny. Balson’s cat cafe funds the work she does as founder of Pussies Galore cat rescue.