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Lazarus is a special kitty born with a cleft palate. He has a unique look, and he is so loving that he may just be able to be a therapy cat.

Lazarus vampire cat May Be a Therapy CatLazarus was found malnourished in poor shape when he was wandering the streets in a neighborhood. Cindy Chamber, a special education faculty member at East Tennessee State University, was contacted by her student who saw the cat. “She thought, ‘He has a disability, so why don’t I call my professor who focuses on disabilities in her field and also does some animal rescue work?'” said Cindy via Catster.

Cindy is an avid animal rescuer and fosterer who has a soft spot for animals in special needs. She’s taken rescues into her home, and as soon as she saw Lazarus, “and I thought, oh my goodness, this poor little kitten. I was really scared that when I took him to the vet, they were going to say I’d need to put him down.”

Lazarus was born with cleft palate, a congenital deformity that left him without an upper lip, leaving his lower fangs protruding. “He looked a bit like a bulldog — or perhaps an adorable vampire,” Catster reported.

Lazarus’s month was severely infected, but the little guy was a fighter. “The vet said he’s made it this long… he’s a trooper. He said if we can get his infection under control, he’ll probably make it. That was awesome to hear,” Cindy added.

After giving Lazarus antibiotics, his condition improved and he was on his way to recovery, but when he was off medication, his infection returned. It went back and forth like this for a few months until Cindy finally discovered the possible cause of his health problems.

“One of his canine teeth on the top came in in two days. I left town and left him with my roommate, and when I came back he had this gigantic tooth sticking out of his mouth. And I thought maybe the infection was coming from an abscessed tooth.”

And she was right. After the vet removed his canine teeth and cleaned out all the infection, Lazarus got a second chance as a healthy kitty. “He had that surgery, and he has not had a single health problem since. Day to day, he’s just like any other cat. He’s rambunctious, he plays, he cuddles — he does all the things every other cat does, but at night he sleeps with a humidifier.”

Because his unique look and stories, Lazarus is well known in Cindy’s department at the University. Many professors even mention him in their classes.

“When they talk about cleft palates, they talk about Lazarus as well,” Cindy said.

Cindy is planning to train Lazarus to become a therapy pet in hopes to change people’s perceptions about animals and people with disabilities.

“My hope is that through meeting Lazarus and hearing a little bit about the other work I do, people can apply those beliefs to people with disabilities. You immediately feel some kind of connection with Lazarus because he has such a great personality and he’s just so loving. His disability really isn’t a focus. He’s just a really awesome cat.”

Lazarus vampire cat May Be a Therapy Cat

Lazarus vampire cat May Be a Therapy Cat

Lazarus vampire cat May Be a Therapy Cat

Lazarus vampire cat May Be a Therapy Cat

Lazarus vampire cat May Be a Therapy Cat

Lazarus vampire cat May Be a Therapy Cat

Photos via Lazarus Facebook Page. Source: Catster.

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His name is Oriole who was born last weekend to a rescue cat mama. Not only is he the only ginger in his litter, the little guy was born with a cleft palate, but luckily he is in good hands now.

“I’ve had to take him from mom (he’ll aspirate her milk up his nose and down his lungs if left to nurse). He’s being tube-fed formula every 2 hours, kept warm with a microwavable clay thing wrapped in a blanket, and stimulated to urinate/defecate with a wet warm cotton ball. After his skull stops growing so rapidly (about 5 months old), he’ll have surgery to correct the cleft palate,” said Oriole’s foster mom.

Oriole, 1 day old foster

cute foster day old ginger kitten

He is the only ginger in his litter

cute foster day old ginger kitten

Oriole is with a full belly, empty bladder, and newly microwaved warmy. He has a cleft palate and is currently being tube-fed every 2 hours.

cute foster day old ginger kitten

Oriole, 4 days old, is happy, warm and growing fast!

cute foster day old ginger kitten

Photos via tumblr.

Meet Elle! She has a cleft palate and one eye, but she is full of joy and love.

Elle (formerly Tortellini) has come a long way. Her story began with being found by the animal control. “She had one of the worst eye infections I’ve ever seen,” said City Kitties, rescue group located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They took her in right away and started getting her back to health. The transformation after the surgery was incredible. She felt much better and looked much healthier. But her eye was not the only problem that they were concerned about.

“Her initial assessment at animal control indicated that she may have problems other than her eye (potentially a cleft palate),” City Kitties wrote on their Facebook page. It turned out that Elle does have a cleft palate, but it doesn’t need to be repaired “since it’s not causing her any trouble eating or anything,” according to the shelter.

It became gradually harder for her foster mom to let her go. “[She] has fallen in love with her and has decided to officially adopt her.” It’s not surprising that a failed foster happened with such a loving and charming furry kitty.

Today Elle is happily living with her new friend Zooey the dog. “[She] is having a great time in her forever home! Her mom says she plays with her kitty siblings non-stop,” City Kitties reported.

Elle has one eye and a cleft palate, but that just makes her that much cuter.

cute rescue one eyed kitty elle from city kitties

Big smile!

cute rescue one eyed kitty elle from city kitties

Elle and her new friend Zooey at her forever home

cute rescue one eyed kitty elle from city kitties

Photos by City Kitties (Check out their rescues at their facebook page)