Cricket, the pretty silver tabby, doesn’t let anything stop him from living life to the fullest. Life may be “a little tougher” for him, but he shows how resilient and adaptable the kitten spirit can be.
“Cricket is an absolute bundle of joy and energy! He is so playful, curious, and happy. Witnessing his spirit is truly inspiring ” shared Grace from the Happy Kitty Rescue.
As you can see, Cricket’s two rear legs end in fuzzy nubs. After examination, veterinarians suspected he might have lost his paws in a trap as a very young kitten. But somehow, he got out and survived, ending up in a Los Angeles shelter.
That’s when things took a huge turn for the better.
One Lucky Cricket
When the shelter sent out a plea for someone to rescue the kitten, he caught the eye of Grace, founder of the Happy Kitty Rescue. The rescuer cares for Joey, a famous cat in the rescue world saved from a shelter with two shortened front legs.
Once considered feral; Joey became the cutest foster uncle for all the foster babies in the home.
When Grace saw Cricket, he reminded her of Joey, and she knew had to save this kitten. Right away, she drove to pick him up and brought him home, bathing and giving him lots of love. He warmed up quickly and even started playing with toys for the first time.
“I saw a plea from the shelter about a kitten with missing hind limbs. His disability reminded me so much of Joey’s… I couldn’t say no!” Grace shared.
Video via Instagram/thehappykittyrescue
Thousands Gave Cricket His Name
From the get-go, the cute kitten charmed thousands on social media. Over 3,000 people voted to give him his name! And people donated to help him live the best life pawsible.
“Over 3,000 of you voted for the name Cricket! I think it’s the perfect name for our sweet baby boy ☺️.”
They say crickets are good luck, and so is this little cutie.
“We’ve got ourselves a little meowdel! Pegs crossed and all 🤭” the Happy Kitty Rescue shared.
The Doctors Orders for Cricket’s Nubs
What would need to be done for Cricket’s legs? At first, the rescuer thought he might need tiny shoes to help cushion his pegs from damage. But after a trip to an orthopedic surgeon, the doctor’s orders were better than expected.
Given soft surfaces, Cricket should use his nubs as much as possible to make them stronger.
“We saw an orthopedic surgeon for a consultation, and the doctor informed us that Cricket looks great and is adapting so well! He doesn’t need any treatment or intervention at this time. He recommended that Cricket use his back nubs as much as possible, preferably on softer surfaces, because it’s important that he builds calluses. Hopefully, he will be able to live out the rest of his life as is 🤞”
As Cricket grows, the doctors will address any issues as they arise.
Tackling the Stairs in No Time
Tackling every obstacle that came his way, Cricket learned to use soft, cushioned stairs. He adapted so fast and even learned to climb back up in no time.
“Despite his disability, Cricket is so resilient and is adapting so well! Although life is a little bit tougher for him, he is full of so much spirit. Cricket doesn’t let anything stop him from playing and enjoying life like all the other kittens in the house 🥰,” the Happy Kitty Rescue shared.