Sweet Kanga Roo: a cat with radial hypoplasia and a full, happy life

This is a super sweet cat suffering from a congenital condition called radial hypoplasia (also known as radial agenesis – see image by Sarah Hartwell at base of page). At one time there was an attempt to turn this unfortunate condition into a cat breed (‘Twisty Cats’ or ‘Squitten‘), believe it or not (but not by the people who rescued Kanga Roo). It was scorned at. The condition causes the forelegs to be both twisted and short.

Hector and Kanga Roo. Best buddies. Both have disabilities. Both are loved and have full lives.
Hector and Kanga Roo. Best buddies. Both have disabilities. Both are loved and have full lives.
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Kanga Roo has her own Facebook page and was adopted from Saving Grace Rescue Inc. in San Francisco, California. She was on track to be euthanised at the age of 4 weeks. She was saved from that fate by Cheryl who saw her in a video on 29th May 2014.

Kanga Roo
Kanga Roo

Once she had put some weight on she was spayed and brought to her new home on 28th June.

Her life is full of fun, love and normality. This is proof that disabled cats should never be euthanised just because they are disabled.

Kanga Roo
Kanga Roo
Kanga Roo
Kanga Roo

Kanga Roo has formed a close relationship with another rescue cat at her new home: Hector who has no tail as it was amputated because of an infestation of maggots (see above heading the page).  He looks like a Manx cat now! Two unfortunate cats make a great life together thanks to the their human guardians.

Kanga Roo
Kanga Roo

Radial Hypoplasia
Radial Hypoplasia – by Sarah Hartwell.

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6 thoughts on “Sweet Kanga Roo: a cat with radial hypoplasia and a full, happy life”

  1. I do like to see cats with some special needs enjoying excellent lives with excellent stewards.

    Kanga & Hector are as lovely as all other cats 🙂

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  2. I think that both are adorable and don’t view either as being disabled any more than I see my blind Dreama as disabled.
    They’re just different, and different doesn’t always mean impaired.
    Roo seems to be living a full life and loving being a kitty.

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  3. Rescuing disabled pets could take on a new life with some promotion. Maybe this is already done, besides on an individual basis?

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  4. Oh, Kanga’s a cutie! And Hector is too. It’s obvious they are both well cared and loved. Thank God the idea of turning Kanga’s disability into a breed was dropped. That would have been terrible.

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