A deaf kitten that wobbles as she walks and even moves backwards when confused defied the odds to find a loving home.
Little Kara was born in the home of a Battersea Dogs and Cats Home foster carer, after her heavily pregnant mother Clementine, was brought to charity’s south west London base in February.
Now five months old, the unusual young cat was found to be deaf when carers picked up on the distinctive way she moved.
It was only a few days after her birth that Kara’s carers first noticed there was something a little different about her, including the way she moved and an adorable yet odd habit of walking backwards when she was startled or confused.
The tiny tortoiseshell was born with cerebellar hypoplasia, an incurable neurological condition that causes her head and body to involuntarily twitch.
After close monitoring over several weeks, Kara’s foster carers and vets started to suspect she might also be deaf.
Despite her conditions, Kara is in no pain and vets expect her to live a full, happy life.
Georgia Randall, team leader at Battersea’s Old Windsor Cattery, said Kara was “extra special”.
He added: “All of the cats we see here at Battersea are wonderful in their own unique ways, but there is something extra special about cats like Kara.
“As anyone who has met her will tell you, she’s taken everything in her stride and has become a little live-wire that loves to play all day, every day.
“It’s truly a joy to see and I know she’s going to be an amazing addition to her new family.
“Watching her defy the odds and exceed our expectations for such a young cat with her health limitations, truly proves that even the smallest of underdogs can be top cats.”
The young cat left Battersea earlier this week to start her new life in Berkshire. Her mum and siblings have also found new homes, the charity said.