Stockings the Kitten Who Was Born with Deformed Legs Now Learns to Walk [Gallery]

Stockings the kitten was born with a severe birth defect that could have cost him his life.

  • Photo: Tree House Humane SocietyPhoto: Tree House Humane Society
  • Photo: Tree House Humane SocietyPhoto: Tree House Humane Society
  • Photo: Tree House Humane SocietyPhoto: Tree House Humane Society
  • Photo: Tree House Humane SocietyPhoto: Tree House Humane Society
  • Photo: Tree House Humane SocietyPhoto: Tree House Humane Society
  • Photo: Tree House Humane SocietyPhoto: Tree House Humane Society
  • Photo: Tree House Humane SocietyPhoto: Tree House Humane Society
  • Photo: Tree House Humane SocietyPhoto: Tree House Humane Society

Stockings was born with a severe diseases, but luckily this little baby cat’s tale has a happy ending.

The orange adorable kitten was born with a severe birth defect that left him no ability even to stand. He was only a few weeks old when he was transferred to Chicago’s Tree House Humane Society.

“We were taken aback by what we saw,” the shelter posted on their website. “This little kitten was unable to stand or even extend his hind legs.”

“With his feet essentially “put on backwards” and his legs fully turned inward, fixed in a “W” position, the kitten got around by scooting on his hind hocks,” writes NBC Chicago.

When the baby kitten arrived, the organization claimed that Stockings was suffering from an upper respiratory infection, but surprisingly had no sores or calluses on his ankles.

“Given the severity of his deformity, and the uncertainty of treatment outcomes, a traditional shelter would most likely have viewed Stockings as a lost cause and simply euthanized him,” Tree House Humane Society wrote on their website.

“We, however, believe that Stockings truly deserves to have a chance at a long and happy life,” the Chicago-based organization said.

Tree House Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Lynda Ewald, called an orthopedic specialist to consult about the future plans and, after consideration, she decided to use a surgical procedure to cut the cat’ tendons.

“If we did nothing, this cat would most likely have been euthanized,” specialist, Dr. Steve Neihaus, said. So Neihaus performed an experimental surgery on the then 8-week-old kitten.

“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,” Neihaus said.

The procedure, which Stockings underwent back in October, allowed the kitten’ legs to be extended, and his ankles were returned in their proper position, the shelter explained.

“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,” Neihaus said.

“A splint was then placed to help his legs heal in a straightened position. Stockings’ feet were fused in proper alignment, in hopes that he would one day walk again,” explains NBC Chicago.

The cute kitten later had a second surgery for his other leg and then he was placed in foster care with a veterinary technician until full recovery. However, the shelter reported that Stockings’ progress has been “truly remarkable.”

He can now fully extend his left leg, and after two additional surgeries on his right leg, has begun standing and even walking.

Fortunately, now the funny little baby is able to stand on his hind legs and pull himself onto the couch, the shelter said.

“He has no fear as he leaps toward a sparkle toy and tosses about tirelessly,” the shelter posted. “It is incredible to see him take a few, tentative steps as he learns to navigate on his new legs.”

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