Special Needs Cat Saltwater Taffy Adopted

Do you remember how I shared the story of my fellow special needs cat Saltwater Taffy?  She has a condition known as radial agenesis.  In this condition, instead of forming normally like my legs did, her legs are shaped in the form of an L.

Special Needs Cat Saltwater Taffy Has a Home!Despite this challenge, Saltwater Taffy was a lucky cat.  She was found wandering in a Philadelphia back yard and it is likely that if she was not found right around the time a human saw her, she may not have lived much longer due to her condition.

This feisty little girl has been living with her foster human since the summer of last year, and she has been looking for a furever home.  Her foster human is a very dedicated human, because she has two other special needs cats in her home.

While Saltwater Taffy was well taken care of in her foster home, she was always looking for a furever home.  And her foster human was very demanding of the human who wanted to bring this very special girl home.

Saltwater Taffy's Foster and Permanent HumansRecently, a human who met all the requirements and who was committed to taking care of Saltwater Taffy was found.  And this special needs cat, who had worked her way into the hearts of so many, finally had a human whose heart and home was ready for her.

Saltwater Taffy’s human adopter had traveled to Philadelphia to meet her and take her home.  My human tells me there has been bad weather in that area, though, and that delayed the trip.  This meant that before going to her new home, Saltwater Taffy had to endure a little more hardship.

But finally, the long metal tube that was going to take Saltwater Taffy to her new home was ready.  And this feline said goodbye to her foster human and prepared for her new adventures.

It was a bittersweet moment for Saltwater Taffy’s foster human.  It is hard for humans to let a feline they have bonded to go.  This is why my human is keeping Marley, because the two of them have bonded too closely to break that bond.

But in the case of Saltwater Taffy, that bittersweet moment was made sweeter because she is going to a home where she will be loved and where she can get the attention she needs.

That is something that makes both felines like me and humans very happy.  I am proud of my fellow special needs cat!

Say Hello to Saltwater Taffy

It would be easy for me to feel sorry for myself because I am a diabetic cat.  But that would be silly because there are so many cats with much more difficult challenges.  There are cats who were abused, and whose recovery is an inspirational story.  Then there are cats with diseases that require a lot more attention than a diabetic cat’s two insulin shots and blood tests per day.

Finally, there are cats who have been born with deformities.  That is what a cat I want you to meet is suffering from.Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Wants You to Meet Saltwater Taffy

Saltwater Taffy was picked up in a back yard in Philadelphia, and right away, the humans who rescued her noticed something was different about her.  Her front legs are shaped like an L.  The humans wearing the white coats think that this is because her tendons are contracted and she may be missing her radial bones.  The condition is called radial agenesis.

Saltwater Taffy is still a kitten and she’s not too strong, so she has some trouble getting around.  But, she’s able to get to her food dish, and she manages to work her way into the pile of her siblings.  And the human who is taking care of Saltwater Taffy is an amazing human.  Saltwater Taffy’s challenges are already more than what my human has to handle since I am a diabetic cat.  But her human took in her furry siblings, who also are special needs cats!

The humans in white coats cannot really tell what will happen with Saltwater Taffy.  But there are several things working in her favor.  First, she has made it this far!  Imagine what would have happened to this brave girl if she wasn’t rescued.  Next, other than her deformed front paws, she seems to be in good shape.

Finally, her human is very dedicated and determined to help Saltwater Taffy live a happy life.  Her human has created some slings to help this cute little kitten move around.  Of course, being the feisty cat she is, Saltwater Taffy doesn’t like it, and defies her human by walking around in circles.  Then her human puts her down, and she screams to be picked up and cuddled.

We have seen how many cats who have tremendous challenges have thrived despite those challenges.  Let’s hope that Saltwater Taffy is another one!