Meet Anakin. The Miracle Kitten with No Back Legs nor Pelvis

Anakin is a miracle cat who was born without any back legs or pelvis, and has recently been adopted by Carrie Hawks who happens to be a Fantasy Cat Artist. On Anakin’s Facebook page, Carrie describes how a kitten without back legs started coming over to eat with the other feral cats at her dad’s place of work. Her first few attempts at trying to catch the young kitten didn’t work, but finally on May 31st, Carrie succeeded. She brought the kitten home and as soon as her veterinarian’s office opened the next morning, she took the kitty in. The vet said she has never seen anything like him before and he is utterly amazing! It is also very odd that his mother took care of him even with his handicap as mother’s of most species usually ignore an ill or deformed infant purely as a survival instinct.

The exam showed that Anakin is approximately 6 to 8 weeks old and actually in excellent health. Two x-rays show he was born with no pelvis or back legs. They allowed him walk around the room for a minute to observe and study how he moves. He positions his front legs at an angle towards the middle of his body and balances his back end in the air with the use of his tail touching the ground if he needs it. It is a method that seems to work very well for him. Thankfully, the x-ray also showed that his organs were not malformed. The feline leukemia test came back negative so Carrie got him vaccinated, de-wormed and some flea med’s and took him to his new home.

Anakin’s xrays, a side view and top view, showing that he has no pelvis or back legs. Other than that the rest of his insides are all just the way they should be. (That’s Dr. Case’s hand up over his head in the top view)

For those people who have not had the opportunity to either own or interact with a pet which was born with a “deformity” (I prefer to describe it as something different from the norm), please do not feel sorry for Anakin. I am the proud and loving owner of a dog who was born completely deaf and blind in one eye due to backyard breeders who do not have a clue as to what they’re doing. And my dog has absolutely NO IDEA that he is any different. He’s happy, plays, and has actually been easier to train than any fully functioning dog I have owned.

So, watch Anakin play. And, please, don’t tell him he’s missing his two back legs and pelvis… he doesn’t know that. And doesn’t care. I’m sure he is so happy to be in a safe and loving house now.

Anakin our two legged kitten playing with his ball & feather

Anakin FAQ’s available HERE on Carrie’s Tiger Pixis website. And don’t forget to check out Anakin’s very own Facebook page!


Source: The Laughing Squid

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  1. Amazing story, but watching the video was even more amazing, while watching Anakin leap around and play just as enthusiastically as any four legged kitten.

    Like you said, your dog has no idea that he is different, and he’s happy, just as this little kitten is happy while not knowing or caring that he has only two legs instead of four.

    I guess that often our human capacity for greater self awareness can be a burden, when our own thoughts, as well as the thoughts of others around us, bring on mental/emotional pain from the realization of what we don’t have or what we lost.

    Our ability to think, when turned negative, can cause a greater sense of limitation that may be inaccurate, when in fact we have the potential to do so much more.

    Maybe we humans could learn a lot from this little kitten.

  2. I had a three legged cat and she was amazing! I was always amazed at what she could do. She lost the leg in an accident and she started improvising and adapting the minute she got home from the vet’s office, with no complaints. What an example!

    Anakin is sooooo cute! Just adorable!

    • They are amazing. We have had to take several rescues in to amputate one leg for whatever reason. Then the women in the prison nurse them back to health, train them and adopt them out. We tend to them the first few days here at home after the surgery as we can’t take them back to the prison until they’re off the pain med’s. And almost immediately they learn to get around on three legs without a problem. Naturally, I always nickname them tripod until they leave.

  3. I just wish humans with special needs were thought of so positively. We tend to think of them as either a bother that must be accomodated, or we don’t think of them at all. Just a thought.

  4. omg what a beautiful kitty – my love & best wishes to you all – hope you have a long & happy life together x

  5. He reminds me of my cat, Krouton. When he was 8, he ended up with something called “saddle thrombosis” which is a blood clot at the end of his spine that paralyzes the back legs. The vets told me he would never walk again and I should put him down to end his “suffering”. My ex-husband insisted the same.

    The problem? Krouton had no intention of going anywhere. He acted as if he didn’t have a problem at all. He dragged himself to the litter box, put his head over it, and did his “thing” on the pads which I used to surround the area. He dragged himself to his water and food bowls, and ate and drank normally. His appetite hadn’t changed at all.

    I could not, in good conscience, put him down! He was still living normally as far as he was concerned!

    I spent weeks in the large main bathroom sleeping with him and nursing him back to health. We created splints for his back legs with plastic milk bottles because he kept trying to get up and walk. Eventually, some feeling began to return to his back paws which clearly bothered him and he began to chew on them. This caused more issues which I had to carefully monitor; cleaning and changing bandages, but in the end, after about 10 months, he was back to jumping up on the couch and the bed to sit next to, and sleep with, momma.

    He lived to the ripe old age of 18.

    Never underestimate the determination and will to live. What may seem like a “disability” to some is simply a hurdle, or a natural way of living, to others.

  6. Both of my cats lived to 18, but they were also both “indoor” only which may be why. Krouton… well, he was just special. Just like Anakin.

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