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    It's Squitten - the squirrel kitten! Cat is born with no bones in her front paws forcing her to walk and sit on her hind legs

    • Petal, aged five months, has no bones after the elbow in her front legs
    • She sits upright like a squirrel and has to waddle to get around
    • The kitten's condition is believed to be the result of inbreeding
    • Owner Kerry Bowler, 35, has another cat with a similar condition

    By Rob Cooper

    PUBLISHED: 12:36, 30 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:46, 30 May 2013



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    This kitten has been nicknamed 'Squitten' after being born with a deformity in her front paws that means she sits and walks on her hind legs like a squirrel.

    Petal, a five-month-old, suffers from a rare condition that means she has no bones after the elbow joint in her front legs so they are permanently bent inwards.

    She is unable to run like other felines and has no choice but to either waddle on her rear legs or slouch forward onto her crooked limbs.

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    'Squitten': Petal, aged five months, is forced to sit up on her back legs because she has no bones after the elbow joint in her front legs


    When she is not moving, the moggy often sits upright and looks a bit like a squirrel.

    Petal's condition - Radial hypoplasia - is believed to be the result of inbreeding among a group of unneutered cats kept in a house together.


    Her mother, Poppet, was taken to a cat rescue centre and gave birth to a litter of three kittens, but only Petal survived.
    Staff at the Yorkshire Cat Rescue in Keighley, West Yorkshire, took her to the vets who advised them to gently massage her twisted legs until she was old enough for an X-ray.
    Squitten Kitten Petal gets used to her legs growing up







    Petal: Her condition - Radial hypoplasia - is believed to be the result of inbreeding among a group of unneutered cats kept in a house together

    Squitten: Petal, the grey kitten, has been compared with a squirrel

    When she was nine-weeks-old a scan revealed that she had the deformity, and although it is not life threatening, it could mean she has medical problems in the future.
    Pictures of Petal were posted on the rescue's Facebook page, and as a result she was adopted by Kerry Bowler, 35, who has another cat, Honey, with a similar condition.
    Sara Atkinson, founder of Yorkshire Cat Rescue, said: 'Petal's mum, Poppet, was brought in to us when she was pregnant.
    'The owner didn't get the cats neutured and didn't let them outside, so the babies were inbred. She had three kittens, one was still born, another sadly died, but little Petal survived.
    'We could see from a very early age that there was a problem, she would try and run around and when she stopped she would sit up like a squirrel.
    'We nicknamed her "Squitten" because she looks like a squirrel as it sits back on it's hind legs and eats a nut.
    'We took her to the vets and they said to massage her legs until she was old enough for an X-ray but there was no improvement.
    'When she was about eight or nine weeks old we took her for a scan where we found out she had Radial hypoplasia.
    'Some people think cats who have deformities need to be put down but this isn't the case, we wanted her have a comfortable and happy life and she now does.'
    Both Kerry's cats walk on their back legs like humans or lean forward onto their elbows and when they are not moving they sit up in a way that has been compared to a squirrel or meerkat.
    Petal in her new home with Honey (who has the same condition)






    Rare condition: Petal's owners discovered she had the condition when she went for a scan aged nine weeks. She is being held here by Abbey Morris


    Kerry, who is a support services officer in a mental health unit, from Perth, Perthshire, said: 'I was working in a veterinary practice when Honey was brought in and left in a box.
    'She was just three-weeks-old and as soon as I saw her I knew I wanted to look after her, so I began enquiring about her front legs and seeing if she needed an operation.
    'She had a heart murmur so any operation ran a risk, I sought advice from my vet, and also heard about a cat who had lived a normal life with the condition.




    Friends: Petal (front left) and Kerry Bowler's other cat Honey (back, and right) who has a similar deformity

    'I also set up a Facebook page to seek advice and in the end I decided not to go ahead with the operation.
    'A friend sent me a link to little Petal and I messaged the rescue centre and said I would be more than happy to adopt her too.
    'She is getting on really well and both her and Honey have become firm friends and have regular check ups to monitor them and make sure there are no health complications.'

    Brave kitten: Petal's mother, Poppet, was taken to a cat rescue centre and gave birth to a litter of three kittens, but only Petal (pictured) survived


    Read more: Cat is born with no bones in her front paws forcing her to walk and sit on her hind legs | Mail Online



    I swear to you, if Petal hadn't already been found a good home with someone who understands her condition I'd be beating on the rescue center's doors and taking her home myself! I'm so glad that she doesn't seem to be letting it hold her back. (videos at link)
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    so sweet and loveable.

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    Even without the bittersweet background story I would still want her. That little face is just too damn adorable!



    Oh shit... I think I'm getting kitten-broody again...
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    Cute - and poignant. I really miss having a cat.....
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    I want a Squitten. I already have one with one eye, one that has an abscess that looks like a 2nd asshole, and one so fat he can't roll over all the way. A Squitten would be a perfect fit.
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    Aww, so cute!! Glad she found a good home.
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    Cutie - this is what happens when you don't know that you can't do something. You just go out and find a way to get it done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    Cute - and poignant. I really miss having a cat.....
    I miss my cat too. It is especially hard when I dream about her.

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    She's precious.

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    Beautiful story! I'm so glad she has a safe and loving home.
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    That is one cute kee cat.
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