Diabetic cats are just one type of special needs cats. Today I want you to meet my furiends Anakin and Mika. They are two cats who are missing their hind legs to varying degrees, but that doesn’t stop them. As their human says, they are full of love and life!
Anakin was a feral kitten that kept coming over to the workplace of his human’s father to eat with the other cats. What made him stand out was that he was missing his hind legs. But even though he didn’t have those, he still moved quickly enough for him to make it difficult for his human, Carrie Hawks, to catch him! Carrie had to capture him while he was cowering in the bushes and she was able to pull him out.
The next day, Carrie took Anakin to the vet, who was completely amazed by the little kitten. X-rays showed that Anakin was missing not just his hind legs, but his pelvis as well. But despite this handicap, Anakin was able to move around very well by balancing on his front legs while holding his rear off the ground and using his tail as a kind of counterbalance.
Anakin dealt with a number of challenges, but he grew up into a very handsome cat who doesn’t let his missing legs and pelvis slow him down. Just take a look at this video and see how he moves!
One two legged cat was all that Carrie thought she was ever going to have, but then she found out about Mika. Mika is similar to Anakin, but instead of missing both of his rear legs and his pelvis, he has his pelvis and parts of both legs. Mika’s right leg is missing only the foot. His left leg is less developed, with the leg ending halfway down the tibia.
Mika wasn’t a local cat, and Carrie had to get a rescue organization involved to pull this special needs cat from a shelter in Texas. Mika made the long journey from Texas to Florida, and Carrie was all too happy to welcome Mika to the family.
And why not? Mika is adorable! Right now Anakin and the other cats Carrie has are going through the adjustment period with Mika, but one of the cats with all four legs is already starting to groom Mika. So Carrie will have two cats missing parts or all of their hind legs in her home and she’s every excited about it.
But the care of these two special needs cats as well as one of Carrie’s regular cats has created a big vet bill. Anakin’s testicles have not descended, but the arrival of a new cat has caused him to start spraying so he will have to be fixed. Mika needed to have x-rays done and various shots. And one of her regular cats got sick, and needed blood work, testing, and fluids.
All of this work will cost Carrie around $900. She’ll have the work done no matter what, and will put the bills on her credit card if she has to.
But someone who has taken not one, but two special needs cats into her life instead of letting them die shouldn’t have to do that.
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And she won’t.
Thanks to a bunch of wonderful humans, Carrie has received enough donations to not only cover her vet bills, but to buy Mika a prosthetic leg! It makes me so happy when you humans are so caring about us four legged, or two legged, creatures.
If you do want to donate on behalf of Anakin and Mika, please donate to the animal rescue group that helped start Mika on his journey to his furever home.
You can donate to Texoma Pets Alive. Because they are a non-profit, they rely on the generosity of the public for support. Donations help save the lives of homeless pets by providing the funding needed for medical care and basic needs. Every dollar counts, and they truly appreciate each and every donation they receive.
All donations are tax deductible and the animals they rescue thank you.