Meet Petal – The Squitten Kitten

Posted in Cat Stories - Last Updated: January 22, 2014 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: January 22, 2014  
Author:  Jan Travell

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I came across this article that was published last May and thought it would be a good idea to share the story, especially for those of you that may know of cats with a similar condition.

Meet Petal, who was born with a rare condition called radial hypoplasia, which means she has no bones after the elbow joint in her front legs.

This genetic deformity has given her the nickname ‘Squitten’, because when she sits on her hind legs she looks like a squirrel. This means that she cannot run around like other cats and either waddles about on her hind legs or is slumped forward on her crooked limbs.

sqittenThis condition is believed to be caused by inbreeding of unneutered cats living together. Petal’s  owner, Kerry Bowler, from West Yorkshire in England, adopted Petal from the Yorkshire Cat Rescue because she already had one cat, called Honey, who had a similar condition.

According to the Daily Mail (UK) Kerry says the two cats have become “firm friends” and Petal is doing well. She added that the two have regular vet check-ups to make sure they are experiencing no health complications.

You can read more about this condition in The Daily Mail article, and do take a look at Petal in the video below. And if anyone has an update on how Petal is doing, we would love to hear from you.

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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