'Remarkable': Gumby the kitten with deformed legs is looking for forever home

An 11-week-old kitten who has defied the odds and learned to thrive despite severe deformities is looking for a forever home.

Gumby is a playful, happy kitten who loves attention and can be mischievous, according to his caregivers at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA).

"We've never seen a cat quite like this," Dr. Rebecca Fellman, lead clinician of community and shelter medicine at MSPCA-Angell, said in a statement. "Both of Gumby's back legs are severely deformed with muscle contracture that limits his joint mobility, but he still manages to get around – often on all fours."

Gumby arrived at the MSPCA on Nov. 11 from an overcrowded shelter in Texas.
Gumby arrived at the MSPCA on Nov. 11 from an overcrowded shelter in Texas.

She added: "Gumby’s quite remarkable in that he’s actually doing well, despite the deformities.”

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Where was Gumby found?

Gumby arrived at the MSPCA on Nov. 11 from an overcrowded shelter in Texas.
Gumby arrived at the MSPCA on Nov. 11 from an overcrowded shelter in Texas.

Gumby went to the Massachusetts shelter on Nov. 11 after leaving an overcrowded shelter in Texas. Specialists at MSPCA-Angell believed Gumby would have his best shot to stay alive if he came under their care.

Gumby is able to walk and use the litter box without developing sores, so no further intervention is necessary.

“He can’t jump around or climb stairs, and there are times that he will need help getting around," Erin Morey, clinic coordinator at MSPCA's Boston Adoption Center, said in a statement. "Long term, he might benefit from physical therapy or other forms of assistance, especially since his mobility and needs might change as he grows.”

Meet Gumby

This adorable 11-week-old kitten is Gumby. We’ve never seen a cat quite like him - both of Gumby’s back legs are severely deformed, but he has learned to function really well despite his condition. He is able to get around and he acts like a regular kitten - he loves attention and can be a little mischievous. He doesn’t let anything get him down!We brought Gumby up from Texas with a group of many other cats in an effort to help an overcrowded shelter. We knew that he would have the best shot at a comfortable life if he could be seen by our incredible specialists. Our shelter veterinarians are collaborating with the teams at Angell to explore all pathways to manage his condition, but Gumby is able to walk and use the litterbox, and he isn’t developing any sores, so further intervention is not needed at this time. However, he will need a very special adopter who can accommodate his needs as he is. Interested adopters should have a close relationship with a veterinarian. You can submit an adoption inquiry at mspca.org/gumby.You can also help us care for Gumby and other animals in need by making a #GivingTuesday gift to us - thanks to our matching gift challenge your donation will be doubled! That means your gift to support our many programs will go twice as far to help animals like Gumby!

Posted by MSPCA-Angell on Monday, November 27, 2023

Gumby requires an adopter with a close relationship with a veterinarian who can accommodate his special needs. Interested adopters can submit an inquiry here.

“We would love for Gumby to find his happy home before the holidays,” Morey said. “But given his medical condition, we want to find him the right environment to match his needs.”

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