Thanks to cat lovers on Facebook, Harvey the four-month-old kitten will be getting the operation he needs to lead a long, healthy and happy life. According to STV News in Scotland, Harvey was born with a rare genetic disorder, radial agenesis, which resulted in the bones in his lower front legs failing to form.
After his owner put him up for sale on the online auction site Gumtree, stating that Harvey had “broken bones”, a friend of Glasgow’s branch of the Cats Protection group took pity on him and bought him. When she picked him up she realized that his bones weren’t broken, they were missing. Knowing that he was going to need a lot of help, she contacted the CP group.
“He’s a lovely wee thing and because Harvey was born that way he doesn’t know there’s anything wrong with him,” Harvey’s “foster carer” Liz McCulloch told STV. “So, he runs around on his elbows and happily plays with my other cat and dog.”
The lack of the radial bones would lead to spinal and other problems as he ages. The vets can insert pins to mimic the missing bones, but it’s an expensive operation. Cats Protection put the appeal for funds on their Facebook page, and had raised the needed money within two days.
It will take several months for him to recover fully. After that, Cats Protection will find him a permanent home. Somehow I doubt there will be a lack of volunteers.