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A woman with a hearing loss has taught her cats sign language. One of them is a deaf cat.

When Kim Silva retired from teaching at the American School for the Deaf, she decided to start teaching her cats sign language. “Guess I missed the kiddies so I began teaching the kitties,” she says.

She and her husband, John – who is also deaf – adopted a deaf cat named Bambi through Petfinder.

“[We] fell in love with Bambi on Petfinder,” Silva adds.

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Bambi came from a rescue shelter in Texas. “Some deaf people have questioned if cats could learn sign,” she says. “Bobcat immediately understood. My other cat, Bear, was very old and was not interested.”

“Bobcat was a sponge for sign language! He showed off. He was fabulous.”

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Bambi learned the signs even more easily as Silva explains, she had “peer reinforcement and copied Bobcat.”

“Bambi likes attention and likes to play ball. She stretches up to tap my hands signing ‘play’ for me to get her ball,” she says.

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Source: Huffington Post.

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Chico is a deaf cat. Every morning he and his human dad like to have a conversation through sign language.

James Casson wrote: “Meet my Deaf cat “Chico” . . . He’s quite a guy!

Here’s a video clip of me signing (American Sign-Language) to my Deaf cat “Chico”. Every morning when I get up with the sun…. I’d walk into the kitchen to fix a pot of coffee. My Deaf cat would jump up to the table and wait for me. I can see him waiting, from the corner of my eye… then I’d turn around and wave at him. He’ll stand up all excited…. then I’d sign to him ‘Sit down!’ He’d sit and then when I say ‘Good boy!’ – he will extend his paw to shake hands with me. Smart little guy, eh!? He cracks me up all the time and makes my day! It’s our thing every morning… Enjoy watching.”

Ella the deaf cat lived in a shelter for years without meeting the right human until Stephen adopted this very special cat. Some time after he brought her home, he found out that Ella, unfortunately, had terminal cancer and had only a few months of time left. “If you told me at ASPCA that Ella would be diagnosed with the terminal illness, I honestly wouldn’t change a thing,” he said.

Stephen made a bucket list for Ella to give her the best life she can have. “I am grateful for each day I get with her,” he added.

Since she had outlived her life expectancy, Stephen decided to take her in to a different vet for a second opinion. They discovered that Ella is actually a grandma cat of approximately 10 or 11 years, her cancer is a lot more self contained than they thought and Ella has more like years to live.

“Ella is probably the smartest decision I’ve made in my adult life, and she’s been my best friend since I adopted her.”

Ella the deaf cat lived in a shelter for years without meeting the right human until Stephen adopted this very special cat.

Ella and Stephen cat with cancer gets bucket list and love

Some time after he brought her home, he found out that Ella had terminal cancer and had only a few months of time left.

Ella and Stephen cat with cancer gets bucket list and love

“If you told me at ASPCA that Ella would be diagnosed with the terminal illness, I honestly wouldn’t change a thing.”

Ella and Stephen cat with cancer gets bucket list and love

Stephen made a bucket list for Ella to give her the best life she can have. “I am grateful for each day I get with her.”

Ella and Stephen cat with cancer gets bucket list and love

“Ella is probably the smartest decision I’ve made in my adult life, and she’s been my best friend since I adopted her.” Watch their story in this video:

Since Ella had outlived her life expectancy, Stephen took her to a different vet for a second opinion. They discovered that Ella is actually a grandma cat, her health is better than the vet originally thought and Ella has more like years to live. [See updates in the video below]

See more stories like Ella’s at The Sidekick Series.

Carmen, a 9 year old rescue cat, lost her ears to tumor, but was given a second chance at life thanks to those who saved her and never gave up on her.

Carmen before the surgery
Carmen before the surgery

“Nine-year-old Carmen was first spotted by one of our adopters, Angela, who saw her trying to cross a busy street in traffic, oblivious to the honking horns. Once she got her safely inside, she saw the fungus growing in her ears, which our vet said had to have been there untreated for years, making her deaf and causing her great discomfort,” Cat Town wrote on Facebook.

In order to save Carmen’s life, her ears had to be removed. “We made the difficult decision to go ahead with ear ablation surgery.”

After the surgery, her journey to recovery began. She went home with Daria K, foster mom of Jarvia the cat with a lazy eye. They put her on medication and help her rehabilitate.

Carmen is learning to adapt to the changes, and she is really coming along. She purrs every time there are people around and loves to be loved. Even though she can’t hear, she is not bothered by it and is so happy to have a safe place to live.

“It’s been bit of a rough ride but so worth the effort! She’s lovely,” said Daria.

Carmen, a 9 year old rescue cat, lost her ears to tumor, but gained a new life thanks to those who saved her and never gave up on her.

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She was given a lot of care and love during her recovery. Daria, Carmen’s foster mom, built stairs for her to walk up to her favorite chair.

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Jarvis the resident cat is there for Carmen when she needs a friend

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They gave her a big cuddle buddy to snuggle with.

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Carmen has touched everyone who has gotten to know her. Though she can’t hear, she is very happy and loved.

You can help Carmen through her fundraising page.

Carmen’s story via Cat Town, a volunteer run, 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization (follow them on Facebook). Photos by Daria K and Furrtagrapher.

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Meet Meep, who went from a homeless deaf kitten and turned into a happy, beautiful deaf cat

“She was found as a kitten, covered in black mud on the side of the road. Not sure if she was a run away but she was a tiny baby kitten that could fit in your hand and was very weak, so we took her, cleaned her up, took her to the vet. Over the next few weeks, we noticed that she didn’t respond to any noise or sounds, or coos of any kind. I suppose we just assumed she’s deaf, but she’s hyper-sensitive to other things, especially light and visuals. Moreso than the other cats,” Melissa via reddit.

“She loves hanging out in the garage and watching. Also I’ve seen other cats terrified of Roombas and vacuums, but she loves to hang out with the Roomba when it runs.”

To them Meep is just like any other cats. “I think all cats are weird and special in their own way… I don’t really think she has any difficulties other than she can’t sense when someone is creeping up on her. She relies completely on being able to see shadows. It’s kind of funny to sneak up on her and hear her stunted meow (which sounds like a loud “wrrrrrl!”) I love my deaf pet.”

“I think sometimes she doesn’t really know she’s making a whole bunch of noises. She’s kind of loud… Her meow is definitely closer to a ‘wrrrrrllll!!” No ‘eow’ in the ‘meow’!”

Meep has come a long way since the day she was found covered in filth, but a second chance has made all the difference.

Meep the deaf cat found covered in black mud on the side of the road

cute rescue deaf ginger kitten turns deaf cat

They took her home, cleaned her up, fed her and took her to the vet.

cute rescue deaf ginger kitten turns deaf cat

Over the next few weeks, they noticed that Meep couldn’t hear, but she was hyper-sensitive to other things such as light and visuals.

cute rescue deaf ginger kitten turns deaf cat

She is curious and loves hanging out with her humans in the garage

cute rescue deaf ginger kitten turns deaf cat

All grown up today, Meep’s turned into a happy, beautiful deaf cat

cute rescue deaf ginger kitten turns deaf cat

Meep can’t hear like other cats, but to her and her humans, she is perfect and very special.

cute rescue deaf ginger kitten turns deaf cat

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A deaf kitten was not wanted and brought to the vet one day along with his hearing siblings. “I helped raise his entire litter as part of my duties as a vet tech, and he was the only deaf one. The rest were just sickly, but everyone recovered and got good homes. His name is Dorian Grey, and he is now almost 3 years old,” says Whyevernot55 from reddit.

Being a deaf cat, Dorian is never bothered by it. One of his hobbies besides sleeping and eating is being vacuumed. “He will follow me around meowing and rubbing his face on the vacuum until I vacuum him. Sure helps with the shedding!” The other 3 she-cats that he lives with do not approve with his ‘strange’ hobby.

Dorian has no volume control when it comes to meowing. “He will stand in the middle of the house and wail at the top of his voice. Surprisingly, he’s an incredibly vocal, expressive cat,” his human added.

Dorian the deaf cat

cute deaf rescue kitten finds home

When he is asleep, even if the world was crashing down, it wouldn’t wake him

cute deaf rescue kitten finds home

Dorian snuggling with one of his adoptive sisters

cute deaf rescue kitten snuggle with cat

Dorian today, all grown up!

cute deaf white cat all grown up

cute deaf white cat all grown up

Photos courtesy of Whyevernot55 from reddit.

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"I am shy!" - White the kitty :)

White the snow white kitty is hard of hearing. She was born with blue and hazel eyes. Though not all odd-eyed white cats are deaf, White is one of them.

White was adopted by Lu who uses her hands as the prime means of communication. By using body language, White knows right away if Lu calls her to come over.