Our Cat with Feline Radial Hypoplasia

We’re well into kitten season! Rescuers may find a few radial hypoplasia cats, so I’m reposting my article about our late, spirited little RH kitty, Little Buddy. It tells some of his story and includes tips for caring for these special needs pets.

Also, please do click on the link below to see an adorable RH black cat who is up for adoption! He’s available through the rescue group at the link. He’s located in Michigan.


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Little Buddy, flattered by green Little Buddy, flattered by green

Those eyes! Those eyes!

Update: It’s with a heavy heart that I have to say, Little Buddy went to the Rainbow Bridge on September 19, 2014. He was almost 19, and had lived a long and mostly healthy life bringing joy to all our family. We are holding him close in our hearts. I can only hope his story here will help other special needs kitties find homes. Thanks to everyone, here and on other sites, for your kind expressions of sympathy.

Little Buddy, our cat with radial hypoplasia (RH), travels close to the floor. He is nearing 19 years of age. In 1995, my late Mom found a stray cat, along with her two kittens, living in her shed. This tuxie momcat had an elegant face with a white stripe down her nose. Her extra toes put her over the typical feline toe count, making her a polydactyl. One kitten, a tabby, had…

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18 Responses to Our Cat with Feline Radial Hypoplasia

  1. Hi catwoods.
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Lil buddy is so happy and hypo plasia free in kitty heaven now. Please take heart in this.

    Hugs, and may you find comfort in your time of mourning.

    O and om 🐱

  2. DS Levy says:

    Thank you for the repost, Leah. I’m so glad to learn about RH, something I knew nothing about. I’m sorry your kitty had it, but my gosh 19 years is a good long time! We had a black cat that lived to 19.5 years — the last 4 with renal failure. Cats are amazing creatures and have very strong wills to live. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m so glad you like the article! Our RH kitty did have a nice long life; we had one other cat who lived to 19.5 years also. The feline ones do keep me astonished. Here’s hoping you too are enjoying the weekend, summer goes so fast!

      • DS Levy says:

        Yes, I very much enjoyed the article and reading about kitties (a fav subject of mine). Summer is moving along all too swiftly. We’ve had a pleasant, coolish one at that. Hope you have a great day!

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Sorry to read about LIttle Buddy, what a great life you offered him. May he purr forever in the Happy Beyond. ❤

  4. sunsetdragon says:

    Ty fo rth elink to the article and so sorry for the loss ofLittle Buddy.

  5. Candace says:

    So nice that he had such a long, happy life with you. Special needs animals are very special, I know. I hope someone adopts the MI kitty soon.

    • Catwoods says:

      Special needs pets are indeed, such sweeties! I’m so hoping the MI kitty gets a home soon. I don’t know it the rescue group would update and tell us if that happened, but I haven’t seen that on the page yet.

  6. So very sorry for your loss!

  7. betunada says:

    19 is a ripe old age! we occasionally have one of ours stay with us ~ 10…

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