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California girl and kitten, both amputees, are best friends

Scarlette, 2, was 10-months-old when her left arm and shoulder had to be amputated because of an aggressive form of cancer. Her parents adopted a three-legged kitten for the family pet and the two have bonded.Smiles for Scarlette

Scarlette, 2, was 10-months-old when her left arm and shoulder had to be amputated because of an aggressive form of cancer. Her parents adopted a three-legged kitten for the family pet and the two have bonded.

It’s the perfect pet match.

An adorable 2-year-old, who lost an arm to cancer and a 3-legged cat are the best of buddies.

The first time Scarlette saw Doc, she noticed the cat’s drain tube and staples and asked, “owie?”

“She placed her hand on her own amputated side and just nodded,” Scarlette’s mom, Simone Tipton, told Today.com. “She knows, despite her young age, that this particular cat is special to her.”

The Trabuco Canyon, Calif., family wanted what most people don’t — a pet with a disability.

Doc was about to be put down because of her injury.

“They think she was inside the wheel of a car when the car started, and didn’t get out on time,” Tipton said. “They said she wasn’t going to make it, and actually had the euthanasia ready, but one of the staff members begged to try to save her.”

Doc, the kitten, lost one of her legs in an accident when she was 3-months-old and was about to be put down before a family adopted her.Smiles for Scarlette

Doc, the kitten, lost one of her legs in an accident when she was 3-months-old and was about to be put down before a family adopted her.

The Tiptons had been considering getting a pet and happened to see the plight of Doc on the news.

Doc was 3 months old and wasn’t quite ready for adoption because she needed to recover from her injuries. Once the shelter staff heard Scarlette’s story, they bent the rules.

Scarlette was born with an unusually large left arm. She had surgeries and chemo but the cancer was so aggressive doctors recommended amputating the arm, shoulder, scapula and clavicle when she was 10 months old.

Today, the blond toddler is cancer-free. And she and her brother, Kayden, 3, love playing with Doc.

“Doc is just as adventurous as Scarlette, and every day it continues to be a perfect match all over again,” Tipton said.

jcutler@nydailynews.com

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