Kelli Bender
December 08, 2015 06:27 PM

Ask Lobstah the cat to lend you a paw, and he’ll probably give you two. He is just that kind of good kitty. 

The 4-month-old kitten was recently found wandering the streets of San Francisco with an extra paw growing from one of his front legs. A Good Samaritan spotted the unusual cat and brought him to the SF SPCA to get help, reports Imgur. Shelter veterinarians determined the feline’s claw-like paw was a natural birth defect that wasn’t causing him any serious harm, and decided to give him the appropriate name of Lobstah. 

This 4-month-old kitten was found in the streets in San Francisco. That ridiculously oversized paw that makes him look like he’s part-crustacean? He was born like that. Naturally, when he was brought to the San Francisco SPCA, we quickly named him Lobstah.

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Unfortunately for Lobstah, he had other problems. After arriving at SPCA he started having trouble eating, pooping and breathing — an uncomfortable and dangerous combo. X-rays revealed the source of the issue: an underdeveloped diaphragm and pericardial sac (the sac that forms a protective cover for the heart). Because of this, Lobstah’s intestines shifted from his chest cavity up his body to surround his heart. 

The medical team at the San Francisco SPCA was flummoxed. They’d never seen anything like it. Knowing that Lobstah didn’t have much time or many options, they rushed him into surgery. We said our goodbyes to him before he went under. Things weren’t looking good for the little kitten.

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Lobstah was rushed to surgery to see if anything could be done. Vets were able to successfully reconstruct his chest wall using connective tissue and muscles, a previously unattempted surgery until Lobstah came along. 

SF SPCA volunteer Pam Floquet, who had spent time with Lobstah before and after his surgery, was thrilled when he was finally brought to the adoption center. She made sure he was surrounded by comfy beds and toys in his new space.That’s how Lobstah’s new mom and dad first laid eyes on him: playing with Pam in his cone and stitched-up chest, while batting toys around with his oversized paw. Having raised a special-needs cat once before, John and Leda had a special place in their hearts and home for Lobstah. Pam knew this was the family for Lobstah.

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Lobstah, doing his part, recovered rapidly and was soon placed up for adoption, still sporting his head cone and chest stitches. A couple with experience raising special needs cats soon came across Lobstah and knew he was the crustacean kitty for them. 

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“It was one of the most gratifying adoptions I’ve done,” Pam Floquet, a SF SPCA volunteer who worked closely with Lobstah, told Imgur. “This is such a special kitty with such special needs, and his adoptive parents are experienced and so perfect.  I felt the connection immediately.” 

Lobstah is now at his new home, proudly using his claw paw to help him get shoulder rides, secure comfy nap spots, and annoy his older feline sister. Lobstah lovers can keep up to date on the kitty’s activities by checking out his Instagram account

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