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Anakin Our Two legged Miracle Cat, cat picture, cat photo, pet cat

Anakin FAQ (Last Updated 5/21/2013)


1.)  Who is Anakin?
2.)  Who are you?
3.)  Where did you get Anakin?
4.)  What happened to his back legs?
5.)  How old is Anakin?
6.)  Why did you name him Anakin?
7.)  What kind/color of cat is Anakin? Is he Polydactyl?
8.)  Is Anakin in pain?
9.)  Will you be getting him a cart or some wheels to hold up his backend? Does his belly drag on the floor?
10.)  How does Anakin go to the litter box & does he make a mess? What kind of litter box/litter does he use?
11.)  Is Anakin on a special diet?/ What does he eat/drink?
12.)  Does Anakin have any health issues other than his missing pelvis and back legs?
13.)  Will you be getting Anakin neutered? Why neuter Ani?
14.)  How does Anakin move around and does he jump and climb?
15.)  Is Anakin living in your bathroom?
16.)  Does Anakin get along with your other cats and dog?
17.)  Does Anakin get enough contact, play time, stimulation?
18.)  Have Anakin's medical bills been expensive?
19.)  Have you considered having Ani be a Disability Therapy Pet?
20.)  Are you accepting donations to help with Anakin's medical expenses and care?
21.)  Can I send Anakin a card, toy, etc?
22.)  Why did you make Anakin a website Facebook page & Twitter account?
23.)  Why did you make Anakin a Zazzle Store & where will the profits go?
24.)  Will you be taking Anakin on TV or for Interviews etc?
25.)  Does Anakin get a lot of toys & gifts? Will you be donating any of the toys and gifts to shelters?
26.)  What happened to Anakin's siblings, his mother & the other feral cats from his colony?
27.)  Tell me about Anakin's new brother Mika?



1.)  Who is Anakin?
Anakin "Ani" is a two legged cat, born without a pelvis or back legs but that doesn't stop him. He is full of love & life! I am posting updates, photos and videos of Anakin on his Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube as he grows.
Anakin's Facebook Page ~ http://www.facebook.com/AnakinTheTwoLeggedCat
Anakin's Twitter Page ~ https://twitter.com/anakintwolegs
Anakin on YouTube ~ http://www.youtube.com/Tigerpixie
Anakin's Website ~ http://AnakinTwoLeggedCat.com
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2.)  Who are you?
My name is Carrie Hawks and I am a Fantasy Cat Artist. My website is Tigerpixie Art Studio. http://www.tigerpixie.com. My art page on Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/tigerpixieart. My family & I rescued Anakin and I am caring for him. My family & I are lifelong animal lovers & will give Ani the absolute best possible home, love & care. Anakin's Facebook page is run by myself and Ani's Grandmother.
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3.)  Where did you get Anakin?
Anakin was a feral cat that started coming to eating with a small group of feral cats living in the wood near my dad's work. I went to my dad's work a few time trying to catch him and finally did.
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4.)  What happened to his back legs?
Anakin was born without a pelvis or back legs. Since he was a feral cat we think his condition may of been caused by his mother being malnourished and maybe inbreeding. We aren’t really sure. You can see his xray here, Anakin The Two Legged Cat X-ray, Two Months Old
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5.)  How old is Anakin?
We think he was born early to mid April. We have made his brithday April15, 2012 since it's the closest to what we figure Anakin's actually birthday would be. Anakin celebrated his Happy Half year Birthday" October 15, 2012. He turned 6 months old! I created this flashback video highlighting some of Anakin's best moments from previous videos as well as a lot of never before seen video clips! Anakin The Two Legged Cat is 6 Months Old! Ani's Video Flashback
Anakin turned 1 year old on April 15, 2013! Ani had some special treats, catnip and tons for extra head scratches and cuddles for his special day! I created another flashback video with lots of new video clips and some favorites too, Happy First Birthday Anakin The Two Legged Cat!
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6.)  Why did you name him Anakin?
We named him after Anakin Skywalker. My husband is a huge Star Wars fan. I told him we'd name the kitten whatever he wanted as long as I could bring him home! So we named him Anakin "Ani" for short and it turned out to be the perfect name for him.
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7.)  What kind/color of cat is Anakin? Is he Polydactyl?
We really are not sure since he was a feral cat. We think he is just a regular domestic long hair. Right now his fur is white and kind of a dark charcoal gray and he has some black tabby markings around his eyes. His fur is really soft & fluffy too.
No, Anakin is not a Polydactyl cat. Ani just has big paws and a lot of toe fluff that makes him appear to be polydactyl in some photos.
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8.)  Is Anakin in pain?
No, not at all. He is a happy healthy normal kitten that just happens to not have a pelvis or back legs. He is not in any pain at all.
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9.)  Will you be getting him a cart or some wheels to hold up his backend? Does his belly drag on the floor?
At this time we are not sure. Anakin has adapted amazingly well to his situation. He can run and zoom around just like any other kitten. Since he is building up the muscles in his body, back and front legs gradually he may continue to support his weight as he grows without any problems. Actually right now wheels would hinder him from climbing and going where he wants to. There is no way he could climb on my bed or up his cat tower dragging wheels behind him. We will be keeping his weight it check for sure. However, as he gets older should our vet and I decide he needs one we will definitely get him fitted for some wheels. I have some great ideas in mind for Anakin's wheels should he need them. I've also made some nice contacts that I am keeping for future reference.
No, Anakin's belly does not drag on the floor. When he is walking he holds it up high from the floor and it looks like it's hovering. When Anakin runs his behind is lower to the ground and may touch a time or two as he runs. I think he find he runs faster with it closer to the ground but no he is not dragging it at all.
Anakin has no problems running around our house just watch this video here. Anakin Two Legged Cat Running and Climbing Cat Tower
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10.)  How does Anakin go to the litter box & does he make a mess? What kind of litter box/litter does he uss?
Anakin uses the litter box just like any other cat. he kind of squats to pee. He holds his backend up with his front legs straight to poop. Ani has gotten messy a few times when he decided he has to cover up his business. He sometimes lays down on his side and uses the front paws to cover it and may gets a little on his belly. I clean him up good when this happens. We wish we could make him understand that he doesn't have to cover his business and to leave it alone! But his regular cat instinct is strong and he wants to do what comes natural to him.
Anakin has 2 kinds of litter boxes. One box has a puppy pee pad in it. The second box is a Breeze box with Yesterday's News litter.
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11.)  Is Anakin on a special diet?/ What does he eat/drink?
All of my pets drink filtered water from my refrigerator in a pet fountain, no tap water. Right now, Anakin is on a diet of Wellness canned cat food mixed with Cat Lax & Lactulose to keep things moving in his system & make it easier for him to poop.
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12.)  Does Anakin have any health issues other than his missing pelvis and back legs?
Anakin had a rectal prolapse when he was about 8 weeks old that had to have purse string stitches. Then he also had a Barium Enema with xrays to check for abnormalities in his intestines. Everything looked normal on the Barium x-rays and also on his regular x-rays as well. He has been treated for coccidia and roundworms. Ani has had all of his normal kitten vaccinations, testing for feline leukemia was negative and has been wormed for other types of worms and parasites.
Anakin had a relapse of his prolapsed rectum on 8/10/12. We found this relapse was caused by diarrhea from the intestinal parasite Giardia. We believe that this parasite has been dormant in his system from when I rescued him & is just showing itself now. He was hospitalized and had purse string stiches put in place again. He was treated for the parasites and has fully recovered like before. We are getting a fecal check done every few months to make sure the worms and parasites do not reoccur. Anakin has also had a few UTI's which were treated with antibiotics. He is now on a Urinary Health Supplement so that the UTI's do not reoccur. You can read more about this relapse, his vet visits and updates on his condition on Anakin’s blog, http://AnakinTwoLeggedCat.com.
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13.)  Will you be getting Anakin neutered? Why neuter Ani?
Yes, Anakin was neutered with a Cryptorchid Neuter Surgery in March 2013. Ani's testicles did not drop so he first had an ultrasound to see if they were inside or if they are completely absent. They were inside just under his skin. His surgery had some complications. Anakin was allergic to the Chlorhexidine solution that was used on his breathing tube. His mouth and tongue became covered with sores and ulcers. He was treated for them and the pain they caused him. Also for his surgery he ended up with a thrid incision instead of just two because the testicle moved and had to be relocated again. Anakin was on antibiotics to prevent infection but still got a fever and infection. So he was placed on a second antibiotic. He then quickly healed and was soon back to his normal self. His belly fur is growing back where he had to be shaved.
Why neuter Ani? Anakin needed to be neutered for many reasons, He was starting to mark territory in my house like a male cat. Also having testicles that remain in the abdomen is not good for his health. They are more prone to future problems like cancer or torsion (twisting and cutting off blood supply). So it was best for him to be neutered. back to top


14.)  How does Anakin move around and does he jump and climb?
He positions his front legs at an angle towards the middle of his body and balances his backend in the air with the use of his tail touching the ground if he needs it. He gets around really well that way and is pretty quick too. He doesn't really jump but kind of lunges up and forward. He does use his claws to climb and we will not cut his claws. Anakin has lots of steps/ramps to the couch, bed, windows etc so he can go where he wants to in our house. Anakin has no problems climbing to the very top of the Cat Condo just watch this video here. Anakin Climbs The BIG Cat Condo, Two Legged Cat Conquers 6 Foot Tower
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15.)  Is Anakin living in your bathroom?
No, When he was small the bathroom was the safest place in our house for him when he couldn't be supervised. I have 4 other full grown cats and a 60 pound dog. Anakin now has the run of the house and sleeps next to me on my bed most nights. Anakin has been socialized with all of our other pets slowly just like I did with his 2 older sisters two years earlier. Anakin is doing very well with all our or cats and our dog Buddy too. This album shows how I socialized Trixie & Pixie. I'm doing the exact same with Anakin, Trixie & Pixie Album
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16.)  Does Anakin get along with your other cats and dog?
Anakin has been spending a lot more time with our other cats (Mika,Trixie, Pixie, George & Zoe) now. Trixie & Pixie are doing great with Anakin. Trixie even give Ani baths now. Zoe doesn't want anything to do with him right now. Zoe is the oldest. She is 14 years old & has always been a one human only kind of cat (yes, that human would be me) Zoe doesn't have much to do with any of the other cats either. George and Ani have been playing and getting along great. George has become an awesome big brother to Anakin and loves to give lil Ani baths. George can be a little rough so I always make sure he isn't alone with Anakin so I can grab him from George if I need to. Honestly I think George only gets rough with Ani when he won't stop the "playing". Anakin is just constantly wanting to grab at & bite George and it gets to the point where George just says enough. Anakin's new brother Mika is doing great with him. It was a rough start with some growling and hissing but now Anakin bathes Mika and they are the best of friends. Overall I think the socializing is going really well :) Anakin isn't scared of our dog Buddy anymore. Anakin realizes that Buddy won't hurt him and really doesn't bother any of our cats. Ani does try and stay out of Buddy's way though so he doesn't get stepped on.
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17.)  Does Anakin get enough contact, play time, stimulation?
Absolutely, I am checking on Anakin & spending time with him constantly. I work at home. My family and furbabies are my life! Between myself, my son & daughter someone is always checking on or playing with Ani unless he is taking a nap or we are sleeping for the night.
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18.)  Have Anakin's medical bills been expensive?
Not terribly expensive yet, but definitely a lot more expensive than caring for your average kitten. Like with any pet, you are going to have medical expenses for their care. Anakin's medical expense have been more than normal due to his unique situation and having repeated surgery for his rectal prolapse and complications from that. Also the Cryptorchid neuter surgery with ultrasound and complications he had back in March 2013. I have had to take Ani to the Emergency Pet Hospital three times now and it is more costly then to our regular vet.
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19.)  Have you considered having Ani be a Disability Therapy Pet?
Yes, we have. We will see how Anakin’s personality is once he is an adult cat. If he remains an outgoing friendly cat like he is now we will look into him being a therapy pet.
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20.)  Are you accepting donations to help with Anakin's medical expenses and care?
I didn't feel I should just publicly ask for donations. My own funds, funds from my parents (Thank you mom & dad! xoxox) as well as profits from my past website sales and ongoing Zazzle store for Ani ( http://www.anakintwoleggedcatstore.com ) and some donations from Anakin's very caring generous frineds have covered most of Anakin's medical expenses so far. However it is becoming clear that Anakin is likely to have some ongoing medical issues that I will need funds for and my reserve is running very low now. If you would like to help with Anakin's present & future medical expenses & care donations can be sent to my paypal account. The email address is chawks@tigerpixie.com When you log in on paypal just click "send money" & then "personal". I also have the PO Box for my business set up to receive mail for Anakin too. That address is, Anakin The Cat, c/o Carrie Hawks, Tigerpixie Art Studio, PO Box 36364, Pensacola, FL 32516-6364. Or sending donations directly to my vet's office, stating they are for Anakin Hawks is also fine. That address is, Megan's Landing Vet Clinic, 10081 HWY. 98 West, Pensacola, FL 32506 Thank you so much for caring about Anakin!
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21.)  Can I send Anakin a card, toy, etc?
Of course! You can send these to my business PO Box. That address is, Anakin The Cat, c/o Carrie Hawks, Tigerpixie Art Studio, PO Box 36364, Pensacola, FL 32516-6364. Thank you so much for caring about Anakin!
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22.)  Why did you make Anakin a website Facebook page & Twitter account?
I originally made the Facebook page & Twitter account to share Anakin's progress with family and friends. Then it just kind of blew up and more people were interested in his progress and want to watch him grow up too. I then created a Blogger page to be Ani's official website for those that wished to follow him but don't use Facebook or Twitter. So I have embraced this interest in Anakin. I would like to see Anakin as a symbol of rescue and adoption of the all animals with challenges. It would be wonderful if people would see Ani's story and think of the love you can get from adopting a pet. I hope to bring more understanding to people about Ani and others out there like him.
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23.)  Why did you make Anakin a Zazzle Store & where will the profits go?
Anakin's Zazzle Store is, http://AnakinTwoLeggedCatStore.com
The reason why I've put Ani on Zazzle is because I have been asked in comments over and over for his picture. Since I am an artist and use Zazzle for my artwork, it was an easy move for me to use Zazzle to allow Ani's friends to purchase any item with his picture on it that they might like. If you are not interested in this, then please don't be offended by Ani's friends that would like something like this. It is only an option for those that wish to visit Zazzle.

As for where the profits will go.......If you haven't figured it out by now, I am not a rich person. I work from home as a free lance artist and my husband is a very hard working restaurant assistant manager. We have two children, six cats, fish and a very large dog. Since Ani came into my life, I have devoted most of my time to his care and letting his friends know about his life. That said, I will donate 10% of the profits from Ani's sales on Zazzle to my local Humane Society to promote adoption and rescue of all animals.

I would like to see Anakin as a symbol of rescue and adoption of all animals with challenges. It would be wonderful if people would see a picture of Ani and think of the love you can get from adopting a pet. By having Ani on Zazzle where somebody might have a mug or a tote with his picture on it and somebody ask about it and is told his story.....I hope to bring more understanding to people about Ani and others out there like him.
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24.)  Will you be taking Anakin on TV or for Interviews etc?
No, Anakin is going to live his life as a happy normal loved and spoiled furbaby in my family. I have no interest in taking him anywhere for interviews, photos or personal appearances. I also will not be having anyone come to my home to interview me, my family or to video or photograph Anakin. However, I will continue to update everyone from the privacy of my home on Anakin's growth and his life adventures. I will also continue to spread Anakin's message of rescue and adoption through his website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube videos. I welcome the sharing of Ani's story without interfering in his life.
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25.)  Does Anakin get a lot of toys & gifts? Will you be donating any of the toys and gifts to shelters?
No, It actually it all looks like more than it really is. Besides the new cat beds all the toys & treats they aren't using yet all fit into two small containers. Most of the toys he has received are played with and need to be replaced in a month or so anyway. Yes, we have taken a large gift basket of treats & toys to our local Humane society and will do so again when I have more items than Anakin & my family's cats can use. My mother (Ani's Grandmother) also has 5 cats that would love some of these treats and some new toys too :) So between both of us we have 10 cats! :) I don't have a lot of extra money to splurge on a lot of nice things for my cats. They always have had the necessities and a few things but not a lot of fancy extras. So it's nice to finally be able to spoil them all a little now with these gifts for them and Anakin. They are really enjoying it too!
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26.)  What happened to Anakin's siblings, his mother & the other feral cats from his colony?
My mother (Anakin's Grandmother) wrote out "The rest of the story". Here it is... We all know that Ani came from a feral community at my husband's work and Carrie was able to go there and catch Ani and bring him home with her. But now I want to tell you......THE REST OF THE STORY! When Ani came to live with Carrie, that left Ani's mother, two siblings and four other cats in the colony that my husband continued to feed every day. But my husband would be retiring soon and nobody at his work would step up to take care of them. They even threaten to have them picked up and one man said he would shoot them. As you can imagine, we were all very upset by this and looked to local trap and release agencies for help. The wonderful folks at Jury Duty http://www.jury-duty.org/ stepped up and not only provided information and traps, but two lovely ladies spent a Sunday afternoon helping my husband catch four of the kitties. (see video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOZe6BmECSY My husband was able to catch the remaining cats during the rest of that week. (On a sad note, Ani's mom was able to escape the cage while at our house and ran away somewhere in our neighborhood. We are hopeful that we might see her again and she will become a member of our fur family of five cats.) A trip to the vet and all were spayed, neutered and vaccinated. My husband's co-worker had asked his 70 year old mom if she would take the seven cats to live with her other feral cats on her 10 areas, about two hours drive from Pensacola. You can see in the pixs that Ani's "family" is now living in a wonderful wooded paradise with a sweet woman that feeds and looks after them. Ani's two male siblings are living in her house and the others were acclimated to their new surroundings and released. But for all of Ani's friends that have noticed a resemblance between Trixie and Ani, there is more to THE REST OF THE STORY! Carrie adopted Trixie and Pixie from my husband's work about two years ago. They were living in a dumpster with three other siblings. Carrie took Trixie and Pixie and the same wonderful old lady took the others. So you see, Trixie, Pixie and Ani just MIGHT be related!! AND NOW YOU KNOW.......THE REST OF THE STORY :) You can see photos of Anakin's family in their new home here, Anakin's Family
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25.)  Tell me about Anakin's new brother Mika?
Mika is Anakin's New Brother from another Mother! We rescued Mika from a Texas shelter in February 2013. Mika is a special kitty just like Anakin. Mika has about 1/2 of a tail. He has all of one leg except for the actual foot part where the pads and toes would be, and his other leg stops a little ways passed his knee and just rounds off at the end. They say he was born this way. We have had a custom made prosthetic house slipper foot for Mika so he will be able to walk easier with his almost complete back leg. So far it has been a challenge getting Mika to want to use the slipper but we are hopeful that in time he will see how much it helps his mobility. Mika is a super friendly sweet cat and has already made him self at him with Anakin and The Gang. You can keep up with Mika's progress through Anakin's online pages. I post regularly about Mika on Anakin's website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
Anakin Bathing Mika, Brotherly Love

Anakin & Mika Play Fighting
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