Sunday 15 May 2011

Special Needs Cat

Do something selfish and adopt a special needs cat from a shelter that is about to be euthanized (actually killed) because no one wants to re-home him or her.

What do I mean by being selfish? Surely when someone adopts a cat that has special needs it is an act of altruism? It is a gift of life to a cat that few people want.

My Old Cat Sleeping
I think that is wrong. There is a special reward for the person adopting a special needs cat. There is the joy in knowing that you are doing something good. There is the pleasure that you are doing something few other people do; making you special. And there is the satisfaction in knowing that you have probably saved a cat's life. It doesn't get better for a cat caretaker.

I am not particularly altruistic but I happen to care for two special needs cats. They were, in a way, foisted on me - I had no choice.

My old lady cat, Binnie, I rescued from the street about 19 years ago and she must has been about one year old or more then. She is deaf and a bit senile. A lot senile, maybe. You can't really tell. She needs me and she comes to me for cuddles and contact. I love giving it to her as it is good for me as well.

Charlie a black three legged cat
My boy cat, Charlie, has three legs. I took him on when my mother died over a year ago. His missing leg is the front-right. I think a missing front leg is harder for a cat than a missing hind leg.

Cindy Sakiyama, writing in the Cat Fancy magazine, adopted a Siamese mix with cerebral ataxia (the cat will move in an uncoordinated manner) from a shelter that was probably planning to kill the cat. She says she loves him. She loves his "goofy face". You can get a fantastic bond with a special needs cat that goes beyond the ordinary.

Please adopt a special needs cat. Walk into the cat shelter and ask for the most unpopular cat or if they have one, a cat with special needs.

He or she will look up at you with soft, pleading eyes and you will not, no way, be able to say no. It will be a selfish act when you adopt as you will get more from the relationship than the cat.

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1 comment:

  1. I have not yet met Parker, but I have seen photos. It's hard not to love this sweet, gentle-souled creature.

    Cindy, and the group of dedicated individuals at Kitty Kare (, work hard to do what they can to set these cats on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th... chance at life!


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