When Shannon Basner of Alaska’s KAAATs rescue for animals with special needs took in a 9-week-old kitten with twisted legs, she had concerns that the deformed baby might have residual pain and that her infirmity might cause a reduced quality of life. She was relieved to learn that the exact reverse was true: This kitten was fundamentally healthy and full of pluck.
Following x-rays of the diminutive creature, the veterinarian determined that the deformity stemmed from an injury to her spinal cord, which had since healed, and that the tiny ball of fur would experience no pain as a result of that injury. She would simply need to do things a little differently than other felines would.
Seemingly, the strong and determined little warrior, dubbed Lady Purrl, had no problems with her diagnosis, as she had already been teaching herself how to function just like any other kitten, with some minor adjustments. Able to use her strong front paws and legs like a champ, Purrl moves around her space in a charmingly frisky way.
Other animals at KAAATs, including HarPURR the cat, who shares her inability to use hind legs, welcomed the resilient little fluff ball with the huge personality, and they play together in the most amusing way. Nothing seems to slow down the precious and charismatic Purrl, whose zeal for life represents inspiration for all she meets.