In the spring of 2016, a family found their outdoor cat with a full litter of kittens.
One of the kittens was disabled and had been rejected by the mother.
Without help, the kitten would not survive.
Keep reading to find out how this lucky kitten found love and happiness with the perfect family!
An Unexpected Call
The family noticed that one of the kittens had some serious health complications and had been rejected by the mother.
She was not letting him nurse and the family grew concerned he would die without help.
Not sure what to do, the family called their neighbor, Ellie, who had experience fostering disabled cats.
They were hopeful she would be able to keep this special kitten alive.
Rushing to the Rescue
Wanting to help, she went to their house to see the kitty as soon as she could.
“He was very severely physically disformed,” Ellie said, “The mother had turned him away. She would no longer feed him, so he was this little runt because he was malnourished.”
The kitten, who she later named Emerson, had two legs that seemed to be hooked or curved.
The medical term for this condition is called radial hypoplasia.
This caused his legs to spread apart and his tail to stick out an angle with a kink in it.
Realizing this kitty would need special attention, Ellie volunteered to help.
Love at First Sight
Ellie told the family she would talk to her partner about fostering the kitten.
When she and her partner met Emerson, all three of them knew it was an instant match.
“It was a match made in Heaven. We just had to take him.” She said. “He was so sweet and had so much personality, so funny and silly.”
Emerson was only three weeks old and would need to be bottle fed and watched very closely.
Ellie and her partner accepted the challenge and knew Emerson was worth the effort.
As soon as they knew they were going to adopt this little angel, they took him to the vet.
The vet determined that Emerson had only 60% mobility in his back legs.
“His condition causes him to sort of army crawl”, Ellie told National Kitty.
As he grew older, they realized his quirks might not just be physical.
“He has some emotional imbalances as well,” Ellie jokingly said. “He’s highly entertaining. One second he wants to be cuddling you so hard he’s drooling a little bit and then the next second he freaks out running around the room.”
These quirks didn’t bother Ellie and her partner at all. In fact, they give Emerson an irresistible personality.
Making New Friends
Because Emerson had such a strong personality, he was a little overwhelming for Ellie’s other cat, Daniel.
Daniel was a stray cat at Ellie’s university campus.
He got into a scrap with another cat and ended up having his leg amputated as a consequence.
Because of this, Daniel was a little hesitant around other cats. It took him some time to warm up to Emerson.
“At first, he was very standoffish about Emerson,” Ellie shared. “But, they are inseparable now.”
While Emerson had a rough start in life, he now has a loving family and a best friend.
He spends his days running around the house and cuddling with Daniel.
Ellie wants everyone to know that special needs cats are just as lovable as normal cats.
Her two disabled cats mean the world to her and she wants to encourage others to give special needs cats a chance.
“Cats with these conditions are euthanized all the time. There’s absolutely no reason to euthanize them. They’re so loving and grateful to be rescued” Ellie tells National Kitty.
Ellie wants to encourage others to adopt special needs cats and experience the joy they bring to everyone around them!