What we also admire about Ribbon is her desire to live and thrive. She had been a tiny kitten when found as a "stray" and then taken to animal control. They noticed she walked funny and therefore would have less chance for adoption.
We took her and found that she has radial hyperplasia. In layman's terms, this means the radius bones in her front legs grew longer than the ulna bones of her front legs. So, her legs are turned out. This condition also has polydactyl (extra toes) associated with it. This condition does not affect their overall health or life expectancy.
At first Ribbon had difficulty walking and didn't want to use all her legs. However, we worked with her on some physical therapy obstacle courses!
So, Ribbon paddles when she walks and runs, waving those big paws around. Sounds intimidating, but Ribbon is probably the fastest cat in our cattery! Those little legs and snowshoe paws go flying!
Ribbon came through her early trauma with flying colors (and paws). However, being so vulnerable and at risk and likely picked on has left some behavioral scars. She is very defensive towards other animals approaching her personal space. Her first reaction to threats is to either yell and hiss or to run away. When startled by a person, she runs. However, if you call her name, she looks for you and the safety you provide.
Ribbons would do best and continue to thrive in a home without other pets. She absolutely loves people - being held, petted, brushed, or sitting on your lap. Ribbon also loves toys and plays tough with the fake mice! Her new home will want to make sure Ribbon continues to gets both cuddling and physical activity.
This little bitty thing with the big heart and determination will surely teach you a thing or two about love and acceptance and strength.
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