Passersby spotted a pregnant cat on the streets of a town in Oregon, USA. They decided that the pregnant cat needed help and care, so they took her to a local shelter. The cat gave birth a few days later.
Mommy and her kittens were welcomed into the Oregon Friends Of Shelter Animals shelter. The cat gave birth to five babies, one of which turned out to be special. The tiny kitty was much smaller and weaker than the others, and she was found to have a paw deformity.
The special little girl, nicknamed Dove, needed sensitive care and supervision. The family was taken in by one of the volunteers at the shelter. A girl named Angela took care of the baby and massaged her forelegs and did gymnastics.
“Shelter staff were not sure if the kitten would survive. Her twisted legs made it hard for her to defend herself. They were transported to Oregon Friends Of Shelter Animals, and they came to my home,” Angela, a foster volunteer of the rescue, shared with Love Meow.
When the other kittens were older and exploring all around, Dove was still crawling and moving slowly. Her front paws were not strong enough. But with daily physical therapy, massage, and support, the little one began to show results.
“Seeing Dove fiercely determined to walk and catch up to her siblings and how she gets stronger and grows more every day, makes my heart so happy,” Angela added.
Within a few weeks, the kitty became stronger and stronger, and her mobility improved dramatically. She began to gain weight, walk more, and explore the house with her brothers.
Dove has figured out a fun way to wash her face – she stands on her hind paws like a kangaroo and starts washing her face with her front paws. She also stands on her hind legs when she hears an unfamiliar sound or tries to look at something.
“She may always have slightly twisted legs but that’s okay. She doesn’t let it get in the way of what she wants to do,” Angela shared with Love Meow.
Dove has grown from a tiny and weak kitty to an active, outgoing, and playful charmer. Her paws are still a little crooked, but that does not hinder her in any way, and in time the situation will definitely improve. We wish Dove the best owners!
“She can run and get around just as well and fast as her siblings. Her front legs doesn’t bother or hinder her at all. She has come so far and I’m just so proud of her,” Angela wrote.