Radagast the Orange Joins the KCC Gang | Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

I apologize for being MIA this week, but it’s been for good reason! This past Sunday we added another kitty to our ever-expanding family. I’m am excited to introduce you to Radagast! Radagast the Orange, to be specific; affectionately known as Raddy, our newest handicat extraordinaire. What better way to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, right? πŸ˜€

Radagast the Orange

We weren’t planning on adopting another cat. In fact, Bobby and I had recently spoken of adopting a dog. Not serious talks, just in-passing, maybe-one-day-in-the-future type of discussions. But when I got a text from Sophie’s foster mom early last week with photos and description of an adorable two-year-old orange tabby cat with disabled back legs, that was it. Rebecca, you know my weakness!

The vets are unsure what the cause of Raddy’s disability is. They have said possibly malnutrition prevented his back legs from growing properly as a kitten. The muscles and tendons in his back legs seem to have just not fully formed. When he walks, his back legs remain bent. The best way I can describe it is to picture a person crouching down and walking.

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Raddy isn’t in any pain, he gets around very well, and he uses the litter box just fine. He can’t jump though, so he climbs instead. He has even climbed up onto our cat tree! The vet said that there is a chance his condition could improve with some physical therapy. For a few minutes every day I will be spending time with Raddy stretching out his back legs and helping him to reach full range of motion. This may or may not work, we will just have to wait and see.

Radagast and Sampson on the Cat Tree
Radagast and Sampson hanging out on the cat tree

Raddy came to Circle of Friends Animal Society from Macon Bibb Animal Welfare. He was an owner surrender (for unknown reasons, with no indication of a disability by said-owner) and was on death-row because of his disability. COFAS pulled him and he went to a foster home for a few weeks before joining our family a few days ago.

Raddy has already seamlessly fit in here with the rest of the KCC Gang. Everyone has accepted him, and it seems like he’s always been here. He joins in for group playtime, he sings in the kitty choir at meal times, he hangs out on the tree with his brothers, and he joins us in bed at the end of the day. His favorite thing is snuggling, for sure, and he even loves belly rubs πŸ™‚

Radagast Snuggling

You may be wondering about his name. He is named after my favorite character from The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit books and movies – Radagast the Brown. Radagast is an eccentric wizard whose primary concern is the care of the animals of Middle Earth. In The Hobbit movie, he has a family of birds that lives on his head underneath his hat, he communes and cares for hedgehogs, and his mode of transportation is a sled pulled by rabbits. I’ve always wanted to name a pet after Radagast, and when I met this sweet little orange kitty and heard from his foster mom that he let her foster kittens “nurse” on him, I knew I had found my Radagast!

I may not know where Raddy came from, but I know where he belongs. Right here with us, living the life of kitty-luxury. Welcome to the family, Radagast!

Radagast the Orange

By Emily

34 Comments

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    Pipo/Angel-Minko/MrJackFreckles

    Oh, MY! What a handsome dude is Radagast The Orange. Now that is a mouthful, MOL! Raddy works:)

    He sure doesn’t let his issues hinder his activity!
    We love his orange tinted eyes, bronze maybe would be a better way of putting it Pipo said.

    Congrats on your new furmily member!

    Purrs!
    Pip & Angel-Minko

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    Summer

    Raddy sure doesn’t let his back legs get in the way of having a good time! I’m glad he is already a great fit with your family. He is perfect as he is, of course, but it will be interesting to see if physical therapy improves his mobility any.

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    Roberta

    What wonderful news! Raddy has found the perfect home. He is absolutely terrific! Please keep us posted on how he does with his physical therapy. Best wishes to you and your new family member.

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    Random Felines

    you guys are AWESOME!! Raddy hit the jackpot….gigantic purrs to him, his foster mom and all of you for giving him a wonderful second chance.

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    Cats Herd You

    OMC, what a perfect addition to your family! He’s very handsome, and he doesn’t seem slowed down one bit by his handicap. We can’t wait to learn more about his PT and are hoping for the best results.

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    Marianne

    Congratulations on your newest family member! So glad to hear Raddy already fits in with the other kitties.

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    Madi and Mom

    RAddy is a very lucky Orange Man. OMCs he back legs are fully formed and he sure does move about w/o difficulty. I bet dollars to dougnuts you are able to work magic on his legs.
    Hugs madi and mom

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    Melissa & Mudpie

    Good grief, you guys are just too amazing for words!!! Precious Raddy hit the jackpot…and so did you!

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    Susan and the gang at Life with Dogs and Cats

    Love the cat! Love the name (as an LOTR fan). ]! Love your gang! So thrilled how Radagast fits in. Good luck and con-catulations to all!
    β€”Purrs (and wags) from Life with Dogs and Cats

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    Savannah's Paw Tracks

    Mom L also adores Radagast the Brown. And Raddy the Orange is a purrfect name, And he is a purrfect kitty. He is living the life of any two year old cat. Welcome to Blogville Raddy

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    Stephanie

    He is so handsome, glad he’s already fitting in. I wish I could get another kitty! My boyfriend said no more after 2 and I managed to get a 3rd so I probably shouldn’t push my luck! πŸ˜‰

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    Kitties Blue

    Oh, finally! It’s been hard for our mom to keep her mouth shut about another ginger tabby joining all those already in the blogosphere. Radagast is so handsome. And something about these ginger tabbies…they walk right into your heart and home and fit in immediately. Astrid says thanks for including Sampson on the blog today as well. She sends him oodles and oodles of purrs and kisses and all her love. We all send love to everyone at your house. We know Radagast will have an absolutely wonderful life with the Adventure Cats and all his other fursibs. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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    caren gittleman

    Welcome Raddy and HUGE (((hugs))) to you and your husband and your ENORMOUS caring HEARTS!

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    Three Chatty Cats

    Aww, a big welcome to Raddy! He’s ended up in the perfect forever home! Can’t wait to see how he blossoms with your family.

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    da tabbies o trout towne

    dood !!!!! look at ewe N yur handsum self; happee gotcha day and welcome two de werld oh bloggin !! we R veree happee two meet ewe N we R buzzed happee ya finded yur mom N dad
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    The Island Cats

    Welcome Radagast!

    He has found the purrfect home with you and we can’t wait to get to know him better.

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    Mollie Hunt

    Love at first sight! So happy for you. I fostered a cat with a similar disability, and PT did wonders for him! He also could go anywhere by climbing instead of jumping. Probably just being in an interactive family like yours will help Rad improve.

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    mommakatandherbearcat

    Welcome, sweet Raddy!!! How can you not fall in love with that face?!?!?

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    Pawesome Cats

    Raddy is one lucky kitty to have found a home with your family. He is a beautiful boy and I can’t wait to hear more news about him. Congratulations on the new addition.

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    Brian Frum

    Oh Raddy, we knew as soon as we saw your handsome face that you would fit in purrfectly. You scored one wonderful family pal, but I know you’ve already figured that out! WELCOME HOME!!!

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    Ellen Pilch

    Congratulations on your new addition. Raddy is a cutie and doesn’t seem to be slowed down at all .

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    LP

    Radagast the Orange! What a wonderful name!! Our Mama loved that wizard too πŸ˜€
    We know he will have a wonderful life surrounded by more love than could ever be measured!
    Welcome home sweet boy. We know you couldn’t have landed in a better place!

    Love from our Mama to your Mama and to each and every one of you. XO

    the critters in the cottage xo

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    Christy Paws

    He is such a handsome boy and he found the perfect home.

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    ATCAD- Scylla,Chimera,Yin,Yang, Fenris & Tuiren

    Welcome Radagast!!! You have found a terrific family.

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    Raven

    Congratulations on your new family member. I’m sure Radagast will thrive with you and I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of progress you are able to make with him.

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    Tamago

    Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous boy! Raddy totally hit the jackpot. From death row to the very best forever home! He is a very delightful kitty. I enjoyed the video of him having so much fun! Congratulations on the wonderful new family member!

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    Sweet Purrfections

    Welcome Raddy! You found the purrfect home with Emily and the gang!

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    The Florida Furkids

    Concatulations and a big welcome to Raddy! He’s totally adorable and we hope you can help him with physical therapy.

    The Florida Furkids

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    Hairballs and Hissyfits

    Welcome Radagast!! What a beautiful boy!! So lucky to have found you and your family!

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    Cathy Keisha

    Raddy is precious! I love him and he runs so fast too. Hes perfect just the way he is.

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    Lola The Rescued Cat

    How fantastic!!! Welcome to the family, Raddy! We just love your name, because we’ve seen the Hobbit movies like 10 times with Mommy. And LOTR about 100 billion times. It’s a purrfect name for a lucky boy.

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    Beth Patterson

    Congratulations to everyone! Raddy sure is a cutie and I’m glad that he isn’t in any pain. I look forward to seeing his adventures!

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    meowmeowmans

    That’s awesome! Congratulations to Raddy on finding the bestest forever home ever! And hooray for you all. You guys are awesome!

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