Kitty Born without Back Legs Never Lets it Stop Him


Anakin is a two legged cat, born without a pelvis or back legs but that doesn’t stop him. He doesn’t think he is disabled… just differently abled.

cute rescue kitten ani born without pelvis back legs

Ani posing with his favorite toys

Ani’s story by Carrie Hawks:

My family and I rescued Anakin and I am caring for him. My family and I are lifelong animal lovers and will give Ani the absolute best possible home, love and care. I will be posting updates, photos and videos of Anakin on his Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube as he grows.

We have a new kitten! A very special new kitten. I wasn’t looking to get another cat right now but you know how these things just happen…. About two weeks ago a kitten without back legs started coming over to eat with the other feral cats at my dad’s work. My first few trips to attempt to catch it didn’t work out. Then Thursday (5/31), We went to see if this was the day we could catch it. The kitten was cowering in the bushes and I climbed into the bushes and pulled the kitten out. We brought the kitten home and I set it up in our hall bathroom, exactly like I did with Trixie & Pixie two years earlier.

Friday morning (6/1) I took him to our vet as soon as they opened. Our vet said she has never seen anything like him before and he is amazing and that it’s also amazing that his mother took care of him even with his handicap. She examined him and he is a little boy, approximately 6 to 8 weeks old and it in really good health. Two xrays on him showed he was born with no pelvis or back legs. We let him walk around the room for a minute to see how he moves. He positions his front legs at an angle towards the middle of his body and balances his backend in the air with the use of his tail touching the ground if he needs it. He gets around really well that way and is pretty quick too. The xray also showed that his insides were not malformed, last was the feline leukemia test. He’s came back negative. So we got him vaccinated, dewormed and a little flea meds and unless we have any problems with him, he goes back to the vet in three weeks. :)

Now, he is home getting comfy in his little bathroom and will be there for a while till he is bigger, stronger and ready to be socialized with the other cats and our dog. He is such a sweet calm little guy :) He is happy to cuddle in our laps and purrs really loud. He likes to play with a little toy mouse and also chase a beaded necklaces around on the floor. We have decided to name him Anakin and will be calling him “Ani” (yes after Anakin Skywalker :D )

Thanks Carrie and Jay for sharing.

Ani with his teddybear in the carrier where he likes to sleep right now

cute ani the kitty cuddling with his teddy bear born without pelvis back legs

Ani walking. He’s got awesome balance!

cute ani the kitten learns to walk

Anakin LOVES Friskies Cat Fishing game on the iPad. He doesn’t care too much to catch the slow fish but really likes to go after the faster ones.

cute ani the kitten plays with ipad game fish

See Ani in action:

Ani playing and running:

Ani playing iPad game in action:

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88 Responses to “Kitty Born without Back Legs Never Lets it Stop Him”

  1. Mary says:

    cute kitty… but Im sure he gets pretty tiresome balancing. How come he doesnt get something attached to balance it out..

  2. Jennifer says:

    I liked your page on FB about a week ago. It’s amazing..how animals just don’t sweat stuff like this. A human, we’re different..but they just pick themselves up, literally, and survive. I am amazed by Anakin and I am brought to tears by your taking him and giving him a good life. :) I’m glad there are people like you in this world.

  3. Sandie says:

    What a handsome kitty. He’s so lucky to have found you & give him a home!!!

  4. Bettina says:

    He looks like my Moo, how adorable!!!

  5. Liza says:

    What a special kitty and special story. Thanks for taking him in and giving him a loving home!

  6. C says:

    I am such a softie for cats. I sat here with tears in my eyes watching that resourceful young man play. Ani is so beautiful!!! I love his sweet fur. I want to pick him up & kiss kiss kiss!!

  7. Debra Olsen says:

    Wow, Anakin is a heartbreaker. Wonderful for you to give him love & attention. Maybe a little brace or something would help when he’s done growing? Years ago I had Cleopatra (Cleo) with a badly broken back leg (hanging). My vet devised a cast of sorts-looked like a coat hangar wrapped with white tape. It was difficult for her to use the litter box, but we managed-I had to help her get in. The cast became rather smelly with urine but eventually her leg healed & it was very satisfying to have brought her back to health. She was a beauty-varied light grey, long angora fur with the face of a queen & a loud purr just by looking at her that you could hear across a room…miss her. :-)

  8. Nana says:

    She’s the most precious little kitty in the world. :)

  9. Carol Gilmer says:

    Loved that story and what a pretty kitty! Thanks to that great family for not throwing this little kitty away! He’ll bless them with lots of love! My kitty, Sam, is lying on the couch with me right now.

  10. Laura says:

    Ani’s story is really amazing. Thank you so much for being the wonderful people that you are to have given him such a good home. It’s amazing how nature short-changes little Anakin then turnes around and gives the little guy a great big dose of courage and a beautiful heart to boot! Thanks for sharing his story.

  11. kitty kat says:

    what a special kitten. it always makes me sad to know there are so many unfortunate cats/kittens but then again a story like this makes me happy to know there are good people out there who are animals lover :) pls do keep posted!!

  12. Shelly Lyon says:

    That is the best story!

  13. cassie's mom says:

    Oh my gawd, he is ADORABLE! Dontcha wish he would stay that little? What a sweet, fuzzy little guy. He’s so strong already. He’ll probably adapt to the two front legs thing but if that becomes a burden, there are always those harness/wheel contraptions to help him out. All in good time, though. I’d never want to put him down, he’s just so darn cute. Thanks for giving him a great home :-)

  14. curator says:

    Oh bless him, what a lovely lovely story!

  15. vix says:

    As a jeweler, I can categorically state that Ani is finer and more precious than rubies!

    • Debra Olsen says:

      Oh how ‘precious’ of you (a jeweler no less) to say that! :-) Ani sure is a heart stealer. ( I’ll bet you have a kitty named Jewel!!!???) :-)

  16. Blue Wolf says:

    What a precious baby!!! He is just awesome. He’s so strong already to be able to walk like that holding up the rest of his body. Thank you soooo much for being such loving caretakers for this special boy!

  17. Liz says:

    It’s so wonderful that you adopted him and gave him a home. As a longtime cat owner who tends three litter boxes a day, I can’t help wondering–can he urinate/defecate in the regular way?

  18. Eve says:

    Bless you both! How awesome, and what a doll! XOX

  19. Sherry says:

    Such a sweet baby. So happy you found him. God bless you for giving him such a loving home that he deserves.

  20. Emily says:

    AWWW:3 I just wanna pick up that kitty and give him lots of kisses . SO CUTE. he has pretty eyes too :)

  21. Kitty says:

    Makes my heart melt!

  22. Jean says:

    Anakin is a cutie pie – a real trooper. And I love that you named him that. :)

  23. Jane says:

    Absolutely amazing little fella! :D

  24. MP says:

    Adorable little guy. I definitely agree with others here that you should investigate the possibility of getting him something for his backend as he gets older. I’ve seen little wheelchair type things worn by both dogs and cats. I think it would be nice for him to get the weight of his front paws at least part of the time and let him walk around easier. As he gets bigger, having all the weight on his front paws might eventually cause complications like arthritis. You are a very special family for giving this guy a chance at a happy, safe life. THANK YOU.

  25. Rocky says:

    Thank you for giving him such a lovely place to call his forever home. God bless you for helping this little fellow.

  26. Noelegy says:

    What a handsome, spunky little guy! So glad you found each other!

  27. KellyAnne says:

    What a cute little thing! I hope he can get a little wheeled cart someday. :) I hope he has many loving years with his human family!

  28. nance says:

    suggestion – why not set him up with a set of wheels. eventually all the weight on his shoulders and front legs will cause them to bow. start him now while he’s young and he’ll never know any differece. use your imagination to set up a different litter box for him and you’ll love him – and he you – for years. check with your vet

  29. pumbie says:

    What a tender face, and sweet story!.

  30. Sarah_Sheevah says:

    My little sweet Anakin “May the Force be with you” dear kitty =^.^=//
    I’m really crying here >.<
    God bless your human family.

  31. Casani Rosita says:

    You save him now and he will save you during judgement day.
    He’s so special and He is here for a reason, only Allah knows why…
    Blessed both of you for taking care of him.
    Pls keep all updates coming for Ani cos Im looking forward to it.

  32. orpha dess wilson says:

    ditto DITTO AND DITTO~God Bless everyone that helps that adorable little soul~God Bless him or her~!

  33. Tucker says:

    VERY SWEET!! HE IS VERY HAPPY AND NORMAL!!
    NOTHING WRONG WITH ANI!! SO CUUUUTE!!

  34. beckyl says:

    Wow! so many comments i’m sure mine will get lost, but i DARE anyone to watch those videos and not fall completely in love with him <3
    thank you so much for taking him in! you are wonderful :-) such an amazing and sweet addition to your family! and i'm super glad his cat mom decided to take care of him

  35. Jessica says:

    amazing, i am incredibly amazed by how well he has adapted to life without back legs :) Love that there are people willing to give him a chance and so much love & care(: truly a touching story <3

  36. Alma says:

    He’s so lucky to have you. I’m so touch he is amazing.

  37. Denise says:

    What a doll, and he’s so happy. So glad he was given the chance to show how special he is

  38. nolruck says:

    Thank you for share, you was did a little things, but greatest in the world, i hope can see him again nextime with his a new back legs,

  39. Maggi says:

    How uplifting – and wonderful to know there are people like you in the world.

  40. sharon stringer says:

    OMG!!!! What a little gorgeous buddle of fluff,Anakin is sooooo beautiful i just wanna kiss him and cuddle him hes sooo sweeet!!!!!!How could you not take him in and love him one look at him and my heart melted. As he grows i was wondering if he will get something to help balance out his backend???What an AMAZING KITTY sooo sweet i can feel im falling in loooove:) :) :) Great story what wonderful humans,i think everyone here is lucky to have found each other. LOVELY!!!

  41. Brian L. says:

    I have a puddle where my heart used to be. :D

  42. Ingrid says:

    I’ve just subscribed to Ani’s facebook page. I’ve read he had some health problems but he seems better now. Lots of curing thoughts to Ani. Thank you so much for caring for this little jewel.

  43. Theresa says:

    awwwww the kitty is so cute

  44. sue says:

    oh my what an adorable little thing. I hope he is fine when he gets older xxx

  45. Cinda Lippman says:

    That is a lucky kitty. He is beautiful and he never knew four legs so he will adapt to what is normal for him with God’s help and yours.

  46. Jen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this- I’m teary eyed and very grateful for those who love cats and are kind-hearted. My Maddie cat has one eye and never allows that to stop her from living life! She is a blessing and I’m happy this adorable little guy has a wonderful home! >^+^<

  47. karen says:

    I am so glad there are ‘special people’ in this world like you and your wonderful family. To have taken him in, this little ball of fluff. Yes, please keep us posted as to how he is doing, it will be fun watching him grow up. May God bless you and keep you close to his heart, as you have done for this little kitten.

  48. Corrine Moore says:

    Wonderful story! I love watching the video of Ani walking and playing. It’s just amazing. I’m so glad he was given the chance to find a home with a special person.

  49. Karla says:

    This story quite literally made me cry. Such a beautiful kitten. I am so glad that there are people in this world who have the heart to help and love the innocent creatures of this world.

  50. Pam says:

    OH-M-Geeeee I love him! If his story isn’t enough to make one sob, these beautiful comments will! We need more compassionate people like all of you here!
    BIG X’s & O’s to Ani, his family, and all of you!
    <3

  51. Tina says:

    What a gorgeous kitty. That face is breathtaking.

    Like many other’s have posted here, please see about Ani getting fitted for something prosthetic for his back half.

    The back half of the body is heavier than the front, and his body and skeleton is still growing and forming, he will need that counter-balance, consequences can be that his body may become deformed and his front legs may develop arthritis from trying to balance the weight of his body. After a few months, he’ll begin to drag his body and will risk rashes from friction and infections from objects on the floor breaking the skin.

    Never, ever forget he is a special needs kitty and will require a LOT of attention and tending to. He’ll never be as independent as a normal cat. He must have exercise to stay fit. As he gets older and less active, he will have a much higher tendency to gain weight than other cats, which will make it harder for him to move around and can lead to diabetes or heart disease, and most likely depression.

    Good luck caring for Anakin, thank you for seeing perfection in imperfect ton, and I wish you many years of happiness together.

  52. F says:

    I never seen a cat without its hind legs. amazing how he walks on 2 legs like a person. Maybe when hes groen up you can make a cart for him. I seen them for dogs.

  53. Shadow says:

    Aww, look at him go! He is just adorable. :)

    I also agree with the people who have suggested looking into getting him a wheeled cart for his back end, once he’s big enough of course.

  54. Hailey J. says:

    Oh he is just darling. Thank you for adopting this little guy and taking care of him. You have a big heart.

  55. Beverly Brennan says:

    What a beautiful and brave kitty. We also take in kitties that are not quite perfect but they are in our eyes. We have 21 at last count.

  56. Koala says:

    Sweet baby…I have a weakness for tuxedos. What a wonderful thing this little guy has you for parents. Those two little legs are going to be really powerful as he gets older. What you have never had…you don’t miss. Great story..thank you!

  57. ashleigh says:

    what an amazing story. Good luck to you anakin

  58. Karen says:

    What kind and lovely people you are. Bless you. Anakin is so lucky he adopted you!

  59. Rani says:

    He’s so adorable! :D I’d watch out if I were you, though; with a name like Anakin, he might decide to turn to the dark side of kitten-mischievousness! :P

  60. Fernanda says:

    what a sweet baby! :)

  61. indee says:

    What a heart wrenching story. I am so glad this precious little guy came to your attention, Now he is safe and sound and surrounded by love. god bless you.

  62. Yolanda says:

    This story really melts my heart, thank you for saving him! Such a sweet face, loveeee!

  63. Laney says:

    Awwwh, Id suggest getting a kitty walker for the back legs. There wheels and I think Anikan willl be much happier with them.

  64. angela says:

    You and your family are awesome!!!

  65. Cindy says:

    he’s absolutely gorgeous & glad u took him in coz he is awesome & obviously will give & get ALLOT of love!!!

  66. Kaytee says:

    Such an amazing cat!

  67. Preston says:

    I wanted to cry seeing this cute little kitty with this deformity, but I also have a psychical disability and it really warms my heart to know that there are people in the world who see value in what the world sees as broken. Anikin is treasure among treasures and a light to your home, but your heart is what shines the brightest. Thank you for seeing the value in this sweet beautiful little guy.

  68. winston says:

    poor little cat. My heart breaks for Anakin… :-(

  69. s. almeida says:

    May the Force be with you, Anakin!!!

  70. Dana Daffin says:

    After reading this story regarding Anakin, you kinda forget about the World’s terrible problems!!!

  71. Dana Daffin says:

    This Little Kitten Anikin story reminds me when somebody noticed a starving cat, hanging-out in a filthy dumpster: It was totlely blind; they took it home…was able to save one eye by surgery, which obviously was a happy-ending for this lucky feline!!!

  72. Mary says:

    This has to be one of the sweetest little kittens I’ve ever seen and he’s so mobile! He doesn’t even realize there’s anything different about him and that’s a wonder-filled thing! Bless your heart for taking him in and giving him so much love and a wonderful forever home, you’re the best! Please keep posting updates, I’d love to follow his story as he grows, thank you!

  73. Charlene Faris says:

    This is just wonderful and so inspiring.

  74. Edith Hokin says:

    This is a delightful story in compaison to animal cruelty we read about. Tina said it all Veterinary wise but untill that time arrives love this dear God’s creature for who they are and set them free to cross the Rainbow Bridge when that time arrives. The world is indeed a better place for you living in it. God bless.

  75. Don Platt says:

    God Bless this little guy and God Bless you for giving such Love to him!

  76. Debra Olsen says:

    :-) Ani, revisited…let me tell you, Ani brings tears to my eyes & soooooo much inspiration. He just ‘gets on with it.’ He’s an absolute doll. Thank you so much for giving him a loving home & sharing his story. xxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooo :-)

  77. Potato says:

    He’s like a gymnast on the bars. He deserves a gold medal.

  78. Maremma says:

    Thank you so much for taking this sweet little guy in! Indeed animals with disabilities adjust far better than we humans do!

  79. Tony Torres says:

    I admit I my eye start to fill with water. This provies that you can over come anything no matter what. Meow On Little Buddy!

  80. This Kitten has been such an inspiration to Me…He has no idea that He is challenged…I think He is Wonderful…and His new Family is a very Lucky Family to have Him!

  81. Jennifer says:

    Anakin is really big now. I can’t believe how he’s grown.

  82. Anakin is a big boy now. I love to follow his adventures on FB!

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