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Our Little Man

Our Little Man

by Tracy
(Brewerton, NY, US)

Dudley Moore - Our Little Man

A little over two years ago, I went to the local Humane Association in search of a new friend. As soon as I saw Dudley, I knew he had to be part of our family. His full name is Dudley Moore (which fits him SO perfectly we had to keep the name), and he only has 3 legs, but you'd never know it. He runs, jumps... all he can't do well is stop, so he tends to tuck-n-roll. 😀

We knew the Dud Man was different right away. Where some cats were lovable, Dudley likes to lay in my lap and just stare into my face for as long as I'll let him. I have never had a cat just gaze into my eyes the way that Dudley does. He often has to reach out his arm and just touch my face while he's laying there.

We often thought he was more like a dog than cat, and he has a distinctive voice that I was sure was part Siamese or something similar. He doesn't say "meow," he says "aarrw!" Loudly and plaintively. His huge eyes are so expressive! And I could swear that half the time he knows exactly what we're saying!

If he does anything embarrassing, like missing on a jump, he shoots us each a look and then runs off until he's sure we have forgotten his uncouth moment.

Now we've found this info on Burmese, and I'm almost certain our little man fits this bill. He's black with a glossy, shiny look, and looks just like some of the photos of the dark brown and black cats posted on this site (a LOT like Toby). I'm not sure if he's mixed with anything else, but after reading up on this breed, we are convinced.

We love him to pieces, and are SO glad he became part of our family. He is truly our little man.

Tracy

Our Little Man to Burmese cats

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Jul 03, 2010
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Tracy and Dudley
by: Maggie Sharp

What a beautiful lad he is, indeed! I knew a 3-legged cat called Fluffy, who lived up to his name!

I'm not sure that your Dudley is a Burmese, but breed is often irrelevant. The majority of the world's cats aren't actually pedigree. But all are cats, and that's all that matters.


Jun 26, 2010
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A great little man
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Tracy. It's truly amazing how cats adjust to their disabilities. I'm sure your Dudley Moore is just as agile as Michael's Charlie - and he did impress me a lot. I've also seen videos of Gwen Cooper's blind cat Homer, who manages quite well without his sight.
I of course see things as an outsider, but you who live with these cats probably don't think that much about it in the daily life.
The Little Man has very beseeching eyes and he no doubt uses that to the full. Also as he is studying your every move, he will end up knowing everything about you. You have gotten yourself a great little man there. 🙂


Jun 25, 2010
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Hi Tracy
by: Michael

Charlie and my other cat are both moggies. Charles is black and my lady cat, who is 18 years old, is black and white (tuxedo style).

Yes, Charles has a very strong lower back (it feels very hard) and his tail also supports him when he goes into meerkat position which he does a lot. He gets attention when he goes into meerkat mode! He knows that.


Jun 24, 2010
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Three Legged Cats
by: Tracy

Hi Teddy! Hi Michael!

Oh my goodness Michael, it was so awesome for me to get to see another cat with three legs! Charlie looks (and sounds) like an awesome little man also! I went and watched your videos, and really found them so interesting!

Teddy, to answer your question, Dudley was not born with three legs. He definitely lost one, although we don't know how nor did the shelter as he came to them that way. However, I was told that if a vet had taken the leg, they would have taken the shoulder also, and Dudley does still have his front left shoulder.

Michael - interestingly enough, while Dud walks similarly to Charlie, he doesn't walk quite as low to the ground. He positions his remaining leg towards the middle of his body and this allows him to remain more upright when running (although still lower than 4 legged cats). He does widen his back legs a bit I think, for added balance, but he also has the most prehensile tail of any cat I've ever had. It's quite muscular. He definitely uses it to help with balance also, and curls it around my arm and leg to help with his balance when leaning against me. I also wonder if having just that little extra weight on that side by having his shoulder helps give him a little more upright balance? It's interesting to consider and watch, anyway. 🙂 I'll have to try and catch some video of Dud at some point to share.

Are both of your cats Burmese?


Jun 24, 2010
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Your Little Man
by: Teddy

He seems nice, like the perfect adorable cat. But Micheal and Tracy, why do they have three legs, an accident that took one or are there some cats born like that? My previous cat had ablue eye and the other green and I thought it was cute, other people thought it was spooky!


Jun 24, 2010
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Sounds a bit like mine
by: Michael

Hi Tracy, Dud Man sounds like my Charlie. Charlie has three legs and he gazes at me adoringly can't fathom why but it is nice and it brings the best out of me.

Charlie also has a strange voice - indeed range of voices.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed it. I made a post about Charles.


Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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