Cat Born With Backwards Legs Can Now Walk & Run


Stockings is a brave little kitten who was born with backwards legs, but his tale doesn’t just end there. This orange tabby has been given a chance to walk and even run.

When Stockings was just a few weeks old, he was taken in by Chicago’s Tree House Humane Society. “This little kitten was unable to stand or even extend his hind legs. However, as is so common in cats who are born with disabilities, his deformity had not deterred him. Stockings had a will and found a way, and we watched as this little cat scooted around on his hind hocks (or ankles),” the Tree House wrote.

“He had so much pent up energy! He wanted to run around like other kittens and play. He’d jump up and fall on his face. He really wanted to do what he couldn’t do,” Jenny Schlueter said via ABC7News.

They talked to Dr. Steve Neihaus, an orthopedic veterinarian, trying to find a way to reconstruct Stockings’ legs so that they could function. “We knew it was risky. We knew there were no guarantees it would work,” Schlueter said.

“We went forward with surgery knowing we could never make him normal. Our goal was to make his feet functional so he could live a happy, pain-free life,” Dr. Neilhaus said.

But it worked! Six weeks after the surgery, Stockings can walk and run with no pain and play like other kittens.

“Stockings can now stand on his hind legs and pulls himself up onto the couch with ease. He eagerly races across the room, not wanting to let the dogs get too far ahead. It is incredible to see him take a few, tentative steps as he learns to navigate on his new legs.”

Stockings was born with backwards legs. He couldn’t stand or walk, but the people from Chicago’s Tree House wouldn’t give up on him.

cat born with backwards legs can walk and run now

“He had so much pent up energy! He wanted to run around like other kittens and play.”

cat born with backwards legs can walk and run now

They consulted Dr. Steve Neihaus, an orthopedic veterinarian, trying to find a way to fix his legs so that they could be functional.

cat born with backwards legs can walk and run now

But the result far exceeded their expectation. Stockings now can stand and walk, and even race across the room.

cat born with backwards legs can walk and run now

“It is incredible to see him take a few, tentative steps as he learns to navigate on his new legs.”

cat born with backwards legs can walk and run now

Stockings can now play just like other kittens with his new legs like he always wanted. Just recently he was adopted to a new home.

cat born with backwards legs can walk and run now

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Photos and story via Chicago’s Tree House Humane Society.

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17 Responses to “Cat Born With Backwards Legs Can Now Walk & Run”

  1. carole says:

    wonders never cease. thank all involved for helping that poor soul

  2. Monica says:

    Thank God that he was given a chance and not put in the too hard basket. He looks like a bundle of fun!

  3. Anita says:

    God Bless you for giving that sweet soul a wonderful future! And the family who adopted him will never feel more joy than knowing how safe he is with them. A WIN WIN in my book Head Bonks all around!

  4. It is just wonderful!

  5. Thanks so much for spreading the word about our little Stockings! We hope that it will help us to help more cats and kittens like him ; )

  6. vanessa says:

    Awwww, I’m so glad he’s fine now! <3

  7. Light says:

    Bless you for caring and loving :)

  8. patti says:

    the story brought tears to my eyes what an inspiration i am thankful for the caring people that helped Stockings

  9. Laurel says:

    What an adorable kitty and how lucky he is to find Tree House and Dr Neihaus. Bless you all !!

    • Linda says:

      I followed the story about Stockings. I’m glad the the doctor was there for him.
      Stockings I hope will live a long time with his new people.
      He deserves a good home with loving people.
      I hope that they keep him inside the house.
      When I read this story the second time my eyes filled up with tears.
      GO STOCKINGS. GLAD THAT YOU ARE OK.

  10. Annie says:

    What an inspirational story! So glad he is OK and that he can function like a normal kitty now <3

  11. mary underwood says:

    God bless his little soul…he is just too cute. And God bless the people who helped him!

  12. Susan says:

    How wonderful! I’ve adopted quite a few disabled kitties, but this is a very special kitty!

  13. cindy says:

    Wonderful vet care. It is amazing. Lucky kitty!

  14. Rina says:

    Beautiful, adorable little guy. God Bless everyone for caring.

  15. Fernanda says:

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  16. Pam Maltzman says:

    He’s a little cutie. His twisty legs look a lot like hose of Corky, a cat rescued by Cats’ Cradle Rescue in Fargo, ND. Corky underwent surgery too and has since been doing fine.

    I think Corky’s deformity is bilateral arthrygryposis. Don’t know if that’s what Stockings has. Bless both cats, and the folks who helped them.

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