Posts Tagged‘special needs’

A week ago Kitty Adventure Rescue League shared a story on reddit about their rescue cat Bonnie, a deaf and blind cat with brain damage, and how nothing could stop her from getting in the holiday spirit. The story touched many people’s hearts over the internet. On this New Year’s Eve, a lot of gifts and love are pouring in for Bonnie from those who were touched by this brave little tortie girl.

“A week ago I posted a festive photo of Bonnie, our blind, deaf, and severely brain damaged cat, on reddit. The response was amazing. Since then we have been receiving a steady stream of generous donations for the cats. We are absolutely speechless.

We have received over 350 cans of food, 250 lbs of dry food, 200 lbs of litter, along with cardboard scratchers, carriers, carpet scratcher, beds, cleaners, puppy pads, air fresheners, and much much more!” (Facebook)

Bonnie the reindeer cat is blind and deaf, but she doesn’t let anything stop her from getting in the holiday spirit.

blind and deaf special needs cat gets love and gifts this new year

She was surrendered to Kitty Adventure Rescue League, a cat sanctuary, after she was severely injured in a car accident. Despite what happened to Bonnie, she’s never stopped loving life. On this New Year’s Eve, Bonnie received a lot of love and gifts from those who were touched by her story.

blind and deaf special needs cat gets love and gifts this new year

“Bonnie is safe, happy, and healthy now, and we strive to help her improve for whatever long life she has ahead of her.”

blind and deaf special needs cat gets love and gifts this new year

“Bonnie is only 4, maybe 5 by now, and is expected to live a long healthy life.”

blind and deaf special needs cat gets love and gifts this new year

“She is a very happy girl, and her favorite thing is to be picked up and held. That girl has a monster purr motor!”

blind and deaf special needs cat gets love and gifts this new year

We love you Bonnie. Have a happy 2015 and many wonderful years ahead of you.

Follow Bonnie at Kitty Adventure Rescue League.

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Devin the kitty doesn’t walk like other cats. He can’t use his hind legs, but the little guy thinks he’s perfectly different.

Despite being rescued from an unthinkable and horrific situation, Devin the cat shows nothing but love. After a construction worker saved the little tabby from danger, he took him home. Though he didn’t know if he could save Devin, he had to try.

“For the next 24 hours, the worker and his family tried to nurse Devin back to health, but he clearly needed more,” Petco wrote. Devin had a spinal core injury and he was paralyzed in his hind quarters. The worker called Angels Among Us Pet Rescue (AAUPR) of Alpharetta, Ga., to ask for help.

Despite what had happened to Devin, he showed spunk and a strong will to live.

“When he batted at me with his two good paws through that crate, I just knew we had to help him,” said AAUPR volunteer, Kim Kay.

“Saving his life was no small feat, but today, Devin lives!

Fortunately, today Devin feels no pain from his paralysis. A customized set of wheels was built to aide his mobility thanks to AAUPR. And, best of all, the vet who first treated him has decided to adopt Devin, understanding his lifetime of treatment needs.” (Petco)

“He is a standard bearer of unconditional love, a champion for never giving up, and an inspirational example that regardless of disability, life can still be enjoyed to its fullest. He is a true angel among us,” said Kay.

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Meet Devin. His name means ‘perfect.’

devin the perfectly imperfect rescue cat

He was rescued from an unthinkable situation that left him paralyzed, but little Devin has a strong will to live.

devin the perfectly imperfect rescue cat

“Mah mousey!!”

devin the perfectly imperfect rescue cat

“I caught it!”

devin the perfectly imperfect rescue cat

Devin is a little angel. He’s been adopted by the vet who first treated him.

devin the perfectly imperfect rescue cat

WATCH VIDEO: Devin playing with toy mice. Super cute!

WATCH VIDEO: Devin playing and running with his new wheels.

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Meet Yoga, a paraplegic kitty who is truly special. Though she can’t use her back legs or tail due to an injury, she can get around the house on her two legs just as well as any 4 legged cats do. She has a wheelchair to help her roll around if she likes, but Yoga loves to walk on her own. And she does it like a champ!

Yoga was adopted from Almost Home Ohio in Ashland along with her wobbly friend Trip who has cerebellar hypoplasia. They are inseparable.

Meet Yoga, a paraplegic kitty who is truly special.

yoga the paraplegic cat

Though she can’t use her back legs or tail due to an injury…

yoga the paraplegic cat

…she can get around the house on her two legs just as well as any 4 legged cats do.

yoga the paraplegic cat

Yoga walking [Video]:

Yoga says “What disability?” [Video]

Yoga playing!

She has a wheelchair to help her roll around if she likes.

yoga the paraplegic cat

Yoga was adopted from Almost Home Ohio in Ashland along with her wobbly friend Trip who has cerebellar hypoplasia. They are inseparable.

yoga the paraplegic cat

“What disability?” Yoga is purrfect!

yoga the paraplegic cat

Photos by Tiffany B. Follow Yoga and Trip on Facebook.

Meet Mercury, an amazing kitten with no front legs, but absolutely loves life. Not only can he get around like a pro, but also do everything just like other cats.

Mercury’s human wrote on Facebook:

“Mercury was found when he was about 4 days old (just over 5 ounces in weight, and eyes still shut, born about September 3rd/4th 2013), and we believe he was hit with a weed whacker since people in the neighbourhood had been doing yard work in tall grass shortly before he was found. He was taken to our vet, his wounds were cleaned up, and we were then called to care for him since we do a lot of bottle babies and special needs kitties for rescues. We fed him around the clock, and cleaned his wounds multiple times a day until they fully closed over… He grew well, and from the very start he would move on his own.

As he has grown we worked on different aspects of movement with him- pushing himself with his back legs, balancing in an upright position, jumping from various positions, moving on different surfaces, jumping from one place to another and so on. The more he grew, the better he got at each one, and he can now run on most surfaces, climb stairs, jump on to and off the couch, and balance better than almost any other cat. Mercury does everything other cats do– he plays with toys, he jumps, plays with other cats and dogs, sleeps on the bed, uses a litter box, and believes he is the king of the world

Mercury absolutely loves life, and has the most inquisitive personality. If he sees something outside he runs to the window to watch, if a new toy or scratching post is brought in he is the first to run over and check it out, he has the biggest purr when he is being petted, and if he doesn’t like something or you aren’t doing what he wants he will yell at you until he gets his way.”

Meet Mercury the kitten who has no front legs but is happy and gets around like a pro. He absolutely loves life.

Mercury the Kitten Has No Front Legs But Gets Around

They found him when he was just 4 days old. He was most likely injured in the yard.

Mercury the Kitten Has No Front Legs But Gets Around

But that doesn’t stop him. Mercury has learned to use his hind legs to move, run and jump. He can play and do everything just like other cats.

Mercury the Kitten Has No Front Legs But Gets Around

He thinks he is the king of the world!

Mercury the Kitten Has No Front Legs But Gets Around

Mercury has the most inquisitive personality.

Mercury the Kitten Has No Front Legs But Gets Around

…and he is always happy!

Mercury the Kitten Has No Front Legs But Gets Around

“If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet!”

Mercury the Kitten Has No Front Legs But Gets Around

Mercury showing off his cute belly :).

Mercury the Kitten Has No Front Legs But Gets Around

WATCH VIDEO: Here is Mercury taking on the laser.

WATCH VIDEO: Mercury’s first attempt at climbing stairs.

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Photos via Raising Mercury. Follow this amazing kitty on Facebook.

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Skippy the kitten is a little different from other cats. He stands up on his hind legs like a kangaroo. This black and white kitten is just as comfortable walking on his back legs as all four.

He was born without a bone in his forelimbs meaning hopping on his hind legs feels natural. “His legs have developed to compensate for that… so he often stands up like a little meercat or a kangaroo,” said Nicholas Taylor, animal care and adoptions manager. “Hence, Skippy.”

Skippy’s condition doesn’t cost him pain. “We’re very confident that he’s all good, that it’s just more of a visual thing for us,” Taylor said. But for Skippy, he has no idea that he’s got something different.

He has been passed through a number of homes and eventually ended up at Wellington SPCA. They are looking for a perfect home for Skippy.

Skippy the kitten is a little different from other cats. He stands up on his hind legs like a kangaroo.

skippy cat spca kangaroo kitty

He is just as comfortable walking on his back legs as all four.

skippy cat spca kangaroo kitty

He was born without a bone in his forelimbs meaning hopping on his hind legs feels natural.

skippy cat spca kangaroo kitty

Skippy’s condition doesn’t cost him pain. In fact, he has no idea that he’s got something different.

skippy cat spca kangaroo kitty

He has been passed through a number of homes and eventually ended up at Wellington SPCA. Now what he needs is a forever loving home.

skippy cat spca kangaroo kitty

Photos via 3 News and Wellington SPCA.

Meet Saltwater Taffy, the Lobster Claw kitty.

She was found and rescued from a backyard in Philadelphia one night. “The shelter noticed right away that there was something very different about this five week old kitten: She had little lobster claw legs,” they wrote on Taffy’s Facebook.

Her front legs are shaped like the letter “L.” According to the shelter vets, her legs are most likely the results of tendon contracture and possibly missing radial bones.

“Because she is still a baby monkey, she doesn’t get around too great yet. She kind of flops around because her front legs aren’t very strong. She manages to get herself to her food bowl for noms and pushes herself into a pile to lay with her two siblings.”

“The good news is that aside from her lobster claws, she seems to be in pretty good health and she has already made it this far. Her foster mom isn’t sure if Saltwater Taffy will ever be able to walk normally. Maybe she will be like those cats who walk on their elbows!”

They made her a sling to help her learn to walk and get stronger. Also, they have just raised enough money for lots of X-rays and ortho consult for little Taffy.

Meet Saltwater Taffy, the Lobster Claw Kitty

Saltwater Taffy, the lobster-claw kitty

Her foster mom made a sling to try to help her learn to walk again

Saltwater Taffy, the lobster-claw kitty

Saltwater Taffy, the lobster-claw kitty

Saltwater Taffy and her siblings, snuggle time

Saltwater Taffy, the lobster-claw kitty

Saltwater Taffy, the lobster-claw kitty

Saltwater Taffy, the lobster-claw kitty

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Saltwater Taffy, the lobster-claw kitty

Happy and playful Taffy

Saltwater Taffy, the lobster-claw kitty

Photos via Taffy’s Facebook Page.

It was a project reddit user downwastaken started as something to do to keep her busy while she quit smoking 3 years ago. She built her cats a cat patio – a special gift for her three special needs cats.

“Nova: Diabetes (needles in her neck twice a day and at least a couple blood tests a day where I draw blood out of her ear). She had Fatty liver disease when the pound found her and so she’s had digestive system problems since. Jerry: HCM – Heart disease. He has started showing signs of heart failure. It’s genetic heart disease (and surprisingly he’s not pure bred or even close), so he pretty much has problems with every system in his body. Hitch: Cerebellar Hypoplasia. Hitch also has an immune system disorder. They are all very strong, amazing and inspirational though,” she said.

Taking care of special needs cats can be costly and a lot of work, but the end results of seeing them happy and living a normal life make it worthwhile.

“These cats go through so much and I am forced as their mom to put them through so much it amazes me that they love me at all. I have no idea how they understand and forgive so quickly. I am one heck of a lucky person.

But really, these cats are our kids. My husband and I love them as our children and treat them the best we know how. Drives me bonkers when people treat pets like furniture :(. These guys are priceless. One single head bonk completely erases a bad day. I can’t even begin to give them how much they give me.”

man built catio for special needs cats

man built catio for special needs cats

man built catio for special needs cats

man built catio for special needs cats

man built catio for special needs cats

man built catio for special needs cats

Photos via reddit.