Stellaluna is a little tease, full of beans and full of fun. She roars around after her brother Sir Edmund, tackling him and rolling around like it's wrestling night. If she could giggle, she'd giggle for hours.
She's really fun to watch, because she's a bit wobbly. She has what we think is scoliosis, a curved spine, and no tail. This makes her a bit pear shaped, although she's looking slimmer and sleeker as she grows into her young body. Meantime, she is sometimes unstable when she sits on her her round rump, and it doesn't take much to topple her over. She's oblivious to the fact that she's different, of course, and happily rolls onto her side and up onto her feet and carries on.
Stellaluna's back legs aren't as strong as a normal kittens, and when she's tired, she drags one of them behind her. The rest of the time, they move independently…. except when she's running, in which case she hops like a rabbit, and goes like the wind. She's adapted well to her disability, and is able to climb up onto the bed or sofa using mostly her arms, easily keeping up with the other felines in the household. (Here's a video of her movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2FJAZmxgz4)
This kitten doesn't need any special care now, as she looks after herself the same as any good kitten. She gets lots of exercise and activity which strengthen her legs to ensure they develop to their maximum ability. The vet tells us that later in life she may be at risk of early arthritis, possibly even to the point where amputation of one of her back legs may be required to alleviate pain as she moves from middle age to older.
Meantime, she is absolutely adorable, completely comfortable in her own skin, and comes running for hugs. She gets along well with other cats, and most especially her brother SIR EDMUND. She is one of those kittens that melts your heart and has no idea how lovely she is. You could never feel sorry for her, because she doesn't feel sorry for herself. She is just having a blast getting to know the world and all the sights, sounds, smells and thrills that surround her.