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Rescued Kitten That Couldn’t Walk Goes Through Remarkable Transformation and Now Hops and Runs with Joy

Posted in Cat Stories - On: October 4, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: January 8, 2024  
Author:  Jan Travell

When a tiny tail-less kitten named Clarice arrived at the Odd Cat Sanctuary it wasn't just any day.

It was a day that marked a new beginning, a second chance at life that every little kitten deserves.

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Though Clarice was found alone, her story was far from ordinary.

Born with unique quirks - a pair of back legs that she found challenging to use and a condition called Manx syndrome (which affects the function of the hindquarters).

Clarice's early days were marked by both challenges and boundless spirit.

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Now, you might wonder how such a petite kitty could possess such an immense heart.
But oh, she did!

She played with toys larger than herself, proving every day that her will was mightier than any limitation.

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From the very first day Clarice arrived into her new foster home, her foster mom recognized that fiery spirit.

With a heart full of hope, she dedicated herself to giving Clarice the strength she needed.

Every day, they embarked on a journey together, through water therapy, physical exercises, and a sprinkle of love.

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With each passing day this tiny tuxedo kitty began to show signs of strength.

First, it was a little bunny-kick, then she attempts to balance on her own four paws.

Each tiny tumble she took was merely a prelude to her getting right back up, proving that every hurdle was just another stepping stone.

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Imagine the joy in this household when Clarice began to stand!

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Her once-tiny strides transformed into playful hops as she chased bigger cats around, showing them who was truly the boss.

Tired from her adventures, she would find solace cuddling up with her feline mates, or simply lounging on her favorite spot in the cat tree.

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But Clarice's heart wasn't reserved just for her feline family.

Despite being the tiniest member of her foster home, she held her own among resident dogs, scampering around and even sharing their comfy beds.

Weighing in at less than two pounds at 14 weeks old, she truly embraced the essence of a 'forever kitten,' as the vet fondly said.

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Life was still a learning curve for Clarice. She had her unique bathroom routines, but just like everything else, she approached them with grace and positivity.

As she continues to grow, she might even get cute little diapers to keep things tidy.

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But what truly defines Clarice isn't her condition or her size, but her immense personality.

A little social butterfly, she thrives in the company of humans, dogs, and other cats alike.

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"Clarice is a huge personality in a tiny, adorable, bunny-hopping kitten body, and deserves the best home with someone who will continue to spoil her like her foster mom has."

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Her story shows us the profound impact of love, devotion, and tenacity.

And as her journey unfolds, we're sure she'll find a permanent home where she is treasured and pampered just as much as her devoted foster mother has.

Check out the video below:


We are so happy to announce Clarice, now called Nora has found her forever home! She will be joining two siblings Nala and Niko and is already so loved.

Way to go Nora!

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The Odd Cat Sanctuary was started to help kittens and cats with special needs or that have been neglected.  

They lovingly refer to them as "Odd Cats", and have stated that they occasionally help a random dog as well! 

You can find out more on their website, Facebook and Instagram

Related story: Pint-Sized Kitten Insists on Being Shoulder Cat After Being Rescued

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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