After a three-legged feral cat was caught, it was found that she was pregnant. Soon after, she gave birth to Aries and his siblings at a rural shelter. But it didn’t have good living conditions for the cats. There was no heating system, and they were forced to immediately put them up for adoption.
Being a feral, the mom cat was already very stressed in the shelter environment. The staff were worried that she might not be able to take care of her tiny babies unless a warmer place was provided.
That’s when Tracy Pitisci, an acid foster mom came to rescue. She decided to foster them through a local rescue called Ana’s Angels. The mom cat, named Diana and her kittens were taken to Pitisci family’s home in Jacksonville, Florida only after the littler had been born. Since Diana was so stressed out, they hadn’t been nursed much. But when they were getting settled in, Pitisci noticed there was something different about Aries.
“We inspected the kittens and that is when we noticed Aries’ legs,” Pitisci told The Dodo. “They were completely bent up against his stomach. You could tell the joints were not facing the correct direction. We knew he would have a long road ahead if he made it, but we believed he could.”
Soon after settling in, Diana calmed down and started to nurse and care for the kittens. Things seemed to be ok, and the foster family shifted their focus to Aries. They started thinking about what could be done about his twisted legs.
“Unlike his siblings, Aries even had difficulty climbing out of his playpen and while his siblings were learning to walk, he looked like he was scooting more than taking steps,” Pitisci said. “A veterinarian recommended that we bind his back legs using medical tape and gauge. It did seem to help keep his legs from splaying out and we were hoping that it would help him to strengthen his gluteus muscles.”
As Aries grew, his legs also started to look different. He started resembling an adorable little spider.
His difference didn’t make his family love him any less. Pitisci and her family accepted that Aries would always be different, and they were determined to give him the best life he could possibly have. Once all of the siblings had been adopted, they took the decision to adopt Aries themselves, so they could be his protectors forever.
“We knew that we loved Aries and that we were always going to do everything to make sure he had what he needed,” Pitisci said. “Then we realized that he had already found his forever home with us. Adopting Aries has brought tremendous joy to our family.”
After working with Diana and gaining her trust, the family decided to adopt her too. As Aries is growing, he has faced many challenges while learning to walk and cope with his twisted legs. The help of his family has been paramount in making him feel that he’s absolutely normal. He can’t jump and walking is awkward for him, but he always gives his best.
“He will always try to do something he wants to do,” Pitisci said. “If he sees something he wants to climb, he will give it his best attempt. To help him overcome some of his limitations and let him experience life like other cats, we thought to take him on adventures with us and show new things to him. He regularly goes to the park where he likes to go down the slide by himself and enjoys the beach.”
People are taken aback when they see Aries out and about. But by his, adorable nature. They love taking pictures with him and giving him tons of love and attention. Aries can also be considered an ambassador for cats with special needs, and his family couldn’t be more gracious that they took him in.
“Not a day goes by that my husband and I are not thankful that we answered the message from the shelter requesting for us to take them,” Pitisci said. “He has changed our lives.”
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