Handicapable Kitten Won’t Let Her Differences Stop Her From Being THE CUTEST

She’s sassy, tough, and loves to snuggle.

1. This is Saltwater Taffy. She’s pretty cute.

2. She has radial agenesis, a congenital condition that causes tendon contracture and possibly missing radial bones.

3. She was found in Philadelphia, and her rescuers noticed right away that she had, as they put it, lobster claws.

4. She and her siblings were rescued by ACCT Philly.

The Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia, that is! Check them out here.

5. Her siblings also require special care as they have malformed nostrils.

(They make an adorable pig-pile though!)

6. Here’s SWT (that’s what the cool kids call her) snuggled up with her foster mom.

7. She’s a bit of a snuggle-aholic, actually. Her foster parents report that she screams at her brothers if she doesn’t get enough cuddles.

She gets what she wants!

8. She also has made it abundantly clear that she does NOT like physical therapy. At all.

Gaining leg strength? No thank you, she says.

9. Here’s SWT in physical therapy. Her foster mom supports her body while she tries to get her to use her front legs to walk.

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10. Lena, her foster parents’ dog, tries to encourage her along. She’s not one to budge.

11. She’s way more interested in snuggling than that PT stuff.

12. She may be opinionated, but her sass makes her a fighter, and she’s tough enough to fight for a normal life.

Other cats with the same deformity have been known to adjust to their limitations and live happy and healthy lives.

13. Saltwater Taffy’s foster parents and ACCT have set up an online fundraiser for her.

The proceeds will be used to get SWT the medical care she needs including x-rays and, if needed, surgery. The fundraiser is here.

14. And so we say good luck to SWT. We’re rooting for you!

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