Roux was six months when we adopted her in October, so she just turned one in April. Her approximative birthday is on April 15, 2014.
She was born without her front legs due to a congenital abnormality, most likely due to a rare condition called transverse terminal hemimelia. Her X-rays show that her front legs stop at the humerus, the upper bone of the front leg.
The vets believe that she is not in pain. Her mobility is very good, and she is able to function quite well without front legs.
There is a potential for back problems as she grows older since she moves differently than a cat normally would, but as of now her X-rays look healthy.
Since she is quite active and mobile without the use of prosthetics, it does not appear that she needs them at this point. Her back legs are quite strong and she can leap impressively high!
Roux has adapted her special walk by not just walking on her back paws but by keeping the lowest portion of her hind legs flat for more balance, like a kangaroo.
She has a few favorite toys and picks them out of the toy box herself and flings them around with her mouth since she can’t bat them around.
Her nubs swing back and forth while she walks but they do not touch the ground.
When she wants to move quickly or play (her favorite move is to run after and tackle her sister Graybee).
she hops with both back legs in unison like a rabbit. She can move very fast when she wants to!
It is incredible to watch her adapt, even though to her she is purrfectly normal! 🙂
Roux is a rising online star (more than 500k instagram followers) but she still manages to remain humble and sweet.
She’s perfect just the way she is! Nothing can stop her.
Just try not to fall in love with this incredible kitty.💗
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