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WOW! Thank you everyone for your outpouring of love and support. So far, I have been featured on Catster (http://ww.catster.com/16dVHEC) and LoveMeow (http://lovemeow.com/2013/07/saltwater-taffy-the-lobster-claw-kitty/). Words can not express how grateful all of us are for your incredible generosity. Please know that any and all funds that are raised and not used for Taffy's care will go directly back to the shelter to help other special needs animals. Again, we can't thank all of you enough. - See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/legs-for-taffy/71828#sthash.lNimjlTP.dpuf
Meet Saltwater Taffy, the Lobster Claw Kitty. This baby was picked up from a back yard in Philadelphia in the dark of night. The shelter noticed right away that there was something very different about this five week old kitten (besides the fact that she was still alive): SHE HAD LITTLE LOBSTER CLAW LEGS. Her front legs make an "L" shape. The shelter vets thinks that her special legs are probably in this shape because she has tendon contracture and maybe missing radial bones. Because she is still a baby monkey, she doesn't get around too great yet. She kind of flops around because her front legs aren't very strong. She manages to get herself to her food bowl for noms (excellent job!) and pushes herself into a pile to lay with her two siblings. Oh, did I forget to mention that Salt Water Taffy isn't the only kitten in the family with some level of special? She wasn't picked up by herself, oh no siree...she has two fuzzy siblings with their own "specialness": wonky noseholes! They are shaped funny...one has crooked noseholes, one has extra gooby skin in the nosehole and they are crazy adorable, just like Saltwater Taffy!! Their names are Caramel Cornelius and Rudy Beer Float. :)
So what does all of this specialness mean for a kitten who can't walk because her front legs are bent and wonky? Well, her prognosis is guarded. The good news is that aside from her lobster claws, she seems to be in pretty good health and she has already made it this far. Her foster mom isn't sure if Saltwater Taffy will ever be able to walk normally. Maybe she will be like those cats who walk on their elbows! Hey, we have seen lots of special needs animals defy odds, haven't we? For the moment, SWT's foster mom has fashioned a sling out of some stockings to help her "walk" and get stronger (foster moms are crazy resourceful, you know. Foster moms (and dads) sometimes have to get real creative in order to help their foster kids have the best chance at a "normal" life (whatever that really means..haha!). She kinda hates this physical therapy...she walks in circles out of spite until her foster mom puts her down and then she flops over to her foster mom's feet and screams to get picked up (sound like someone we all know?? ) She is pretty sassy, which allows her to thrive!
Any and all funds that are raised will go directly to Taffy's care. If her care does not exhaust raised funds, the money will go DIRECTLY to other special needs animals.