In just a few weeks, a kitten born with frog-like legs made significant strides forward. She is attempting to live each day to the maximum extent possible.
Earlier this year, a kitten with splayed-out back legs was brought into Murphy’s Law Animal Rescue (in North Carolina) in the hopes of a better life.
Her rear feet were pointing sideways, and she appeared to be in a frog-like position with her back legs crossed. When the kitten was taken to the veterinarian, it was discovered that she had been born with Swimmer Syndrome, which is a developmental anomaly.
In the words of Sarah Kelly, the founder of Murphy’s Law Animal Rescue, “It is a congenital disease that causes the (kitten’s) legs to splay laterally.”
“The kitten is left with unstable leg joints that are unable to adequately place themselves for adequate balance or mobility,” according to the researchers. The condition damages the ligaments in the joints of the legs.
As opposed to being positioned under the body, the legs are positioned above the torso, as if swimming in a frog or breast stroke manner. With early intervention, the condition is frequently reversible.
Sarah affectionately christened the kitten Cecelia (pronounced Ce-SEAL-ia) because she resembled a small grey seal. In spite of her diminutive stature, Cecelia exuded plenty of wits and a distinctively high-pitched squeaky voice.
Sara says that she has a heart of gold, a lively little personality, and an extremely lovely face.
The treatment plan called for intense physical therapy many times a day, as well as splinting the kitten’s legs in the proper position—whatever would be most effective in helping the cat regain mobility was implemented.
“The goal is to use physiotherapy and splinting activities to strengthen and fuse the bones in the correct position.”
Cecelia was looking forward to any attention she could receive, as well as the time she would spend with her foster mother during physical therapy sessions. She exerted extra effort and determination in order to move her legs in the correct way.
Take a look at this adorable video of Cecelia below: