The definition of disability is the ability to do or be something in another way. The fact is that cats are highly adaptable creatures and can usually live normal lives once they adjust to their new circumstances. Our Extra Special kitties are cats that happen to be disabled in one way or another.
There are many reasons why we consider a cat or kitten Extra Special.
- Vision impairment either total or partial blindness
- Missing or injured limbs
- Paralyzed partially or totally
- Neurological problems such as cerebellar hypoplasia, seizures, brain damage
- Severe obesity which can cause diabetes, urinary problems and other health problems
- Urinary tract problems
- Diabetes/Elderly – typically 7 years or older
- Poorly socialized or semi-feral
- Psychological problems resulting from abuse, etc.
- FIV+ or FELV+
To some people, these animals are not adoptable. In fact, in some cases, if these cats and kittens weren’t in the care of Purr Partners they would be destroyed.
We at Purr Partners believe that these cats deserve loving homes. They are worthy of being saved and entitled to live out the rest of their lives surrounded by people that will love and care for them.
With today’s veterinary technology, cats with disabilities are able to live longer, happier, healthier lives. Still, a cat who requires special care is often seen as “broken” by potential adopters and has a much harder time finding a forever home if she ends up in a shelter. While it’s true that disabled cats will usually require a higher level of care, attention, and financial resources, adopting one (or more!) into your family comes with unique benefits.
We refer to these kitties as “Extra Special” to highlight that cats with disabilities compensate by giving much more back to their caregivers. Many of us who foster these extra special kitties experience this ourselves. A special bond is created between human and cat wherein the extra care given is reciprocated by the appreciation given in return.
Want to make a BIG difference for a cat but just can’t adopt right now? Become a sponsor! We NEED sponsorships for our Extra Special kitties and they would love to know someone cares about them even if they are still waiting for their forever homes. It is very much appreciated – and 100% of it goes to directly to the care of our cats and kittens. Click here for more info and thank you!
Meet our Extra Special Cats and Kittens
DSH Orange Tabby with White, Male
Sunkist is the cutest, silliest, funniest boy who loves to play and entertain. He is quite active and mischievous. He likes toys and loves to chase the broom when you sweep. He gets along very well with other cats. He loves treats. So why has he been in foster care for over a year and a half? In January of 2016, he was just a half grown kitten pulled from a high kill shelter. He came to us with a severe sinus infection where he was sneezing blood. He was treated with multiple courses of antibiotics but every time he came off of antibiotics, he would start sneezing and eventually would develop sinus and respiratory infections. We tried different antibiotics and extended courses of antibiotics but Sunkist could never stay well for long. He was even seen at the vet school but there has been no cure found for him. His infections are not contagious and are caused by damage in his sinuses from when he was a kitten so he will always be susceptible to infections. He will periodically need antibiotics and steroids. Despite all of this he is a happy boy that would love nothing more than a real home for the first time in his life. He is not a placid lap cat because he is so busy all of the time. He would love a family with older kids or other cats to play with – maybe even a dog! He is stuck in foster care through no fault of his own. We have found homes for cats with many different medical issues before and we know that there is a home out there for Sunkist. Could it be you that will open your heart and home to this deserving boy?
DSH, Grey, Male
Thomas is the ultimate lap kitty. There’s nothing he likes more than to be next to you and keep you company while you read or watch TV. He’s also great company while you work on the computer and will lie next to you on your desk and ask gently for pets and loving. Thomas is one of those big boys who are so loving and gentle, and all he wants to do is thank you for being his rescuer. He gets along wonderfully with other cats and kittens, and he ignores the gentle dogs in his foster home. Thomas was rescued only hours from death as he had tested positive for FIV. This virus in cats means they have a compromised immune system, however it does not mean they can’t enjoy a long, healthy and happy life like every other cat. FIV+ kitties can live well into their late teens, and it is not contagious to other cats in the home. It is spread by deep puncture wounds like the kind un-neutered males can give each other when they fight for territory, and Thomas is a lover not a fighter. It would be very hard to find a sweeter and more loving boy. Please come meet Thomas…you’ll fall in love with him.
*Adoption fees for our Extra Special Cats and Kittens range from $75 – $120.