I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.
Furiends, because I am a special needs cats, I understand how this makes things more challenging for the human. He has to give me insulin shots and check my blood sugar levels twice a day. It makes caring for me much more difficult than it would be if I were not diabetic.
Blind cats also create challenges for their humans. That is why many humans do not want to take them home. But there is one cat rescue group that specializes in helping them find homes.
Blind Cat Rescue, located in St. Paul, North Carolina, started when two humans decided they wanted to help blind cats. You see, the local animal shelters would euthanize blind cats because they felt they were not adoptable. That is not true, furiends! One of the felines the human adopted out which got the most interest was a blind cat.
In addition to helping blind cats, Blind Cat Rescue also takes in FIV positive and FELV positive cats. FIV positive cats can live with felines who do not have the disease without spreading it, although many cat rescue groups are very conservative and do not allow this. FELV, however, is different and felines with this must be isolated from felines who do not have the disease.
And Blind Cat Rescue has now become a place that local animal welfare groups contact when they have a cat with special needs. These organizations will bring cats who have the conditions Blind Cat Rescue specializes in to the facility. There, they get the care they need.
I am very happy that so many of these special needs cats get a chance to thrive! Hopefully more organizations like this open up, and humans will learn that special needs cats may require a little extra care but they are great companions for the right human.
Furiends, it can be difficult for a bonded pair of felines to find a home. Sometimes, humans like one member of the bonded pair but do not like the other. Other times, humans cannot have two felines in their home. And when the bonded pair is a pair of special needs cats, it can be even more difficult.
But my good furiend Lucky told me about a bonded pair of special needs cats, and I want to share their story with you. These two felines live near Lucky, close to where I used to live. Their story is a sad one.
These felines are special needs cats because they have cerebellar hypoplasia. This condition is also known as wobbly kitty syndrome, because felines with this condition tend to wobble when they walk.
One of the brothers in this bonded pair is affected more severely. He does well, but he cannot walk well and overgrooms. The other brother does well, and he does not show as many signs of his condition.
After living in a small room at a rescue facility, these two special needs cats found a good home. Now, they need to find another where they can live together, because they do not do well apart.
Furiends, we have been successful at finding homes for other felines. Can we do it again? Let’s help Lucky find a home for these special needs cats. Are you the kind human who can give these two a home? If you are, please contact Lucky. And if you cannot, please share this story so that someone else can.
You know that I always have had a place in my heart for Tenth Life Cats. Maybe the most famous alumni from Tenth Life is Lincoln. He is an example of what happens when dedicated and caring humans like the ones at Tenth Life work very hard to care for felines. And as a special needs cat, I am so glad to see an organization that is devoted to caring for cats with challenging medical conditions.
Because the human spends a lot of time working at The Cat Cafe, I also like these. He works very hard to make sure felines find good homes, and he sometimes gets very attached to these felines. I have seen him come home with leaky eyes when ones he has grown attached to go to their furever home.
This is why I am so happy to have learned that Tenth Life is going to work with the cat cafe that is opening in St. Louis, Mauhaus! When Mauhaus opens next year, felines from Tenth Life will mingle with humans who love cats. Hopefully, when these humans spend time with the adoptable cats,they will fall in love with them and give them a furever home!
And there is a lot of interest in this cat cafe. Tenth Life and Mauhaus kicked off their partnership with a special event, where humans could sample coffee, tea, and goodies from Mauhaus while enjoying the company of the felines at Tenth Life.
This event was very quickly sold out, and the response was so strong that Tenth Life and Mauhaus are going to hold more events like it!
Furiends, this is very good news. I am glad to see Tenth Life working with Mauhaus to find homes for felines in St. Louis. I hope that many felines find homes through them and that we soon find many cat cafes throughout the country!