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.

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

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

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

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

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

(They make an adorable pig-pile though!)

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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