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Determined Kitten Takes Disability In Stride

A kitten born with a rare deformity was rescued from a hoarding situation and given a second chance at life when he was taken to a no-kill animal shelter.

The weeks-old orange tabby kitten whom the shelter named Stockings had hind legs that were turned inward and twisted like a pretzel. He was also underweight and needed treatment for a respiratory infection.

“He had to drag his whole behind, and we knew that was going to be a really difficult way to live,” Jenny Schlueter, development director of Chicago’s Tree House Humane Society, told ABC Chicago.

The shelter brought in veterinary orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Neihaus who decided that Stockings should undergo a series of surgeries to cut the tendons of his back legs so they could be extended and properly aligned.

“If we did nothing, this cat would most likely have been euthanized,” he said.

The first surgery took place in October and was followed by three more. Priscilla Cherry, a veterinary technician, nursed the kitten back to health.

Cherry often fosters shelter cats, but Stockings won her heart and she decided to give him a permanent home with her and her two dogs.

“I saw him trying to grab people through the bars of his kennel without a care about his malformed legs, and I knew he was for me,” she said.

The tiny kitten is in good health now and is slowly recovering from his surgery and “taking charge of the household,” according to Cherry.

“While Stockings will not have the same range of motion or mobility as other cats, he is an unbelievably resilient and determined little kitten and has gained incredible dexterity in his front legs, which helps compensate for the limitations he has in his hindquarters,” according to Tree House’s most recent update on the kitten.

Watch Stockings in action before his surgery in the video above.

Article by Laura Moss

 

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12:27PM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Poor little soul. Thank goodness that he now has a good, loving home. He deserves it.

12:41AM PDT on May 5, 2014

A brave little soul and thank God for the kind people who helped him.

2:27AM PDT on May 3, 2014

Thank you.

10:28PM PDT on May 2, 2014

kitty can love & be loved with or without, all it takes is the right people

6:19PM PDT on May 1, 2014

Such a cute kitten.

6:18PM PDT on May 1, 2014

:)

10:46AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

What a heart warming story & video. Blessings sent to The Tree House Humane Society & it's caring staff & animal residents.

5:40AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

I feel really good when I see there are people with beautiful minds who do not judge any creature by its look. They do much more than showing their kindness to the helpless animal. They stretch themselves to give much more to the rescued, deformed, uncared animals-----they give home, love and care what these animals really crave for! The cat was trying to grab people through the bars of his kennel and Cherry didn't overlook that it wanted care and warmth.
It's a good news that the cat is recovering after four surgeries and is now a family member of Cherry, taking charge of the household. A happy ending indeed and not a fairy tale but a true story! Stockings may not have the same range of mobility like other cats, but he will surely be very active and resilient; he has got the love he needed to move on bravely to enjoy healthy, fun-filled life!
Priscilla Cherry is more than a technician who had nursed Stockings back to health. She is a person with a big heart and a great mission. She is doing things in the spirit of 'love'. She has often fostered shelter cats, and has now given Stockings a caring home.
Thanks to Laura Moss for posting this wonderful, adorable article.

11:24AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Adorable kitty!

10:23AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

He is so cute!

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