Furiends, as a diabetic cat I am always happy to learn about other special needs cats who have overcome long odds to find humans that care for and love them. Today I want to share with you the story of Big Daddy, whose story has touched many people. I hope you will feel the same way after reading about this.
Big Daddy’s story starts with him living in a feral colony behind a home improvement store in Georgia. He was badly injured and hungry. This poor guy had a wound on his leg and he was unable to walk on it. We felines are nimble and tough, but we cannot catch prey if we cannot walk!
Fortunately for this special needs cat, he was trapped by an organization devoted to caring for feral cats. Their initial plan was to give him the treatment he needed for his wound, neuter him, and return him to the colony.
Those plans changed when Big Daddy showed them that he had clearly spent some time with humans in his past. He would head bonk the humans when they put their hands down to reassure him.
When Big Daddy went to the humans in white coats for treatment, he was diagnosed as FIV positive. Combining Big Daddy’s status as a special needs cat with his pleasant disposition made them decide that he would go to a furever home instead of to the feral colony.
Big Daddy faced a huge challenge in April, when he got an upper respiratory infection. Furiends, these are not pleasant for any cat to deal with, but they are especially challenging for special needs cats. And felines with compromised immune systems like Big Daddy’s have it the worst.
He went from having the sniffles to being unable to eat, breathe on his own, or see in just a few days. Big Daddy was rushed to the humans in white coats, and after intensive care, he was able to recover. It looked like this special needs cat had overcome all of this challenges and could look forward to a happy life full of love with his humans.
That was not to be, however. Big Daddy was diagnosed with a nasal lymphoma, which was operated on. And now, this special needs cat has one more battle to win — against cancer. He is due to begin a course of chemotherapy to eliminate any traces of the cancer.
This is a lot for any feline, especially a special needs one with FIV, to endure. But Big Daddy has come through it all and has nothing for love for the humans he lives with. I am hopeful that he will win his battle with cancer and spend a long and happy life with his humans.