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post #1 of 17
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Would it be inappropriate for me to call the area shelters and find out about putting my name to be first on the list to take one of these special kitties? I don't know that DH and I could deal with life-threatening illnesses, but I would be *really* interested in eventually being able to give a home to a special-needs cat.

I wouldn't do it before we're in established, permanent housing, but this has been on my mind.
post #2 of 17
CH kitties don't come around often. Your best bet is when you're ready, open up the advanced search on petfinder & make sure at the bottom you click "only special needs pets". I do it often....it yields FIV+, FeLV+, deaf, blind, 3 legged, diabetic....all sorts of kitties. I consider my 2 deaf girls & blind girl special needs because they are.
post #3 of 17
To bad you dont live in florida. Theres a CH kitty here at a shelter thats been up for adoption for 2 years. Shes been there since she was 5 months old. She also has chonic sinusitis. so she is always boogery.

CH cats are some of the best cats. My little Weeble makes me laugh so hard some days. Its also great that she can't into trouble on the kitchen counter, because she cant jump up there. (so no food stealing from her)

I would also go on petfinder and do a search for special needs cats.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Shorty14788 View Post
To bad you dont live in florida. Theres a CH kitty here at a shelter thats been up for adoption for 2 years. Shes been there since she was 5 months old. She also has chonic sinusitis. so she is always boogery.

CH cats are some of the best cats. My little Weeble makes me laugh so hard some days. Its also great that she can't into trouble on the kitchen counter, because she cant jump up there. (so no food stealing from her)

I would also go on petfinder and do a search for special needs cats.
I remember you telling me about the "other" Weeble who's still at the shelter. I wish I lived there, too. I'd take her on in a heartbeat, poor baby.

I am *still* trying to figure out how we can take on Punky and PJ, by the way. Grrrr... I know it probably isn't going to be possible, but by God I want those kittens!
post #5 of 17
You're more than welcome to adopt them! They are a bit special, Punky hurt himself getting off my bed when he was little....the vet suspects he's always had a bit of neurological issues that are visible but every once in a while. PJ has a huge kink in his tail.
post #6 of 17
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The one thing I'd be concerned about is PJ getting along in the household. I think that in some ways he and Baloo are too similar in personality, from what you've described, and I can see some arguments breaking out there. Punky I think would fit right in and I don't think that even Whisper would bother him too much.

Trouble is that I think that DH wants them, too, but four cats and a dog right now with the baby on the way is *huge*.

I hope you don't mind if I keep in touch as long as you still have them so that if the opportunity arises we can jump on it?
post #7 of 17
Of course you're more than welcome to keep in touch.
post #8 of 17
Attachment 12758

This little guy may still be available for adoption- not CH but definitely special needs. If you are interested I can give you the contact info. What wonderful people you are to help special needs kitties.

Charlie (Petraits attached) is a gorgeous, super-friendly, social,
playful and outgoing brown and white three-year-old male tabby cat
looking for a loving home. What makes Charlie so special besides his
delightful personality, is that he was born with only nubs for back legs.

But, don't feel sorry for Charlie ... he certainly knows no difference.
He loves other cats and people, and other cats adore him. His foster mom
reports that he has no issues with his litterbox habits or climbing
stairs. When he runs, he makes a little thumping sound. He loves to play
with balls, feathers and fishing pole toys.
LL
post #9 of 17
Another thing that's good to do is to adopt a senior cat. Usually their owners die, then they languish in the shelter because they are too old for people to take a chance on.

I think it's really cool that you're considering that. I search around for deaf and special needs kitties once in a while myself, but with 5 cats & 2 dogs, it's a bit much.
post #10 of 17
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Kluchetta, I've considered a senior cat in the past. We weren't in a position to adopt at that point in time, but I'm often inclined to pick up on the cats who are 13+ years old, easily. I have a place in my heart for them that a lot of others simply don't have.

Barb, do you have a link for Charlie? We're in Indy, but Chicago isn't that far to go to help a kitty... But Grrr, we seriously aren't in the market right now or I'd be taking Punky and PJ! LOL
post #11 of 17
When I adopted my new kittens, one had CH (or some other disorder, the vet thinks its CH) and I came across this group on yahoo:

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/chkittyclub/

They occasionally put notices out of CH cats up for adoption (many of which are on petfinder too).
post #12 of 17
sure, here is the other info on Charlie! If he is gone there are a few more similar cases, sorry to say :-(

Charlie is very healthy, neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, virus-tested,
de-wormed and micro-chipped. Charlie has all his claws in front and is
looking for a cat-lover who will keep him that way. To meet and possibly
adopt Charlie, please contact Rachael at Purrs Inc., a new rescue group
in Naperville, Illinois at 630-527-0306 or e-mail her at
rachaelresk@yahoo.com. Charlie's adoption fee of $125 helps suport the
rescued felines of Purrs Inc.
post #13 of 17
Here is another kitty who is special needs but not CH. I don't work with this shelter but they have a good reputation :-).

Attachment 12760

Cynthia (Petraits attached) is a beautiful one-year-old black cat waiting for the perfect new home. Cynthia came to the shelter when a little girl found her under a bush. She was a four week old kitten and had no use of her back legs.
She has gone beyond surviving; she is thriving with the love and care lavished on her by the Tree House staff and volunteers.
Cynthia zips around a room faster than most cats ... especially if she knows you have a treat for her. She climbs her scratching post with her very strong front legs, and loves playing with her toys. In fact, if you look at the third photo attached, that's the determined girl climbing up her post. She also loves people and enjoys the company of other cats.

She doesn't know that there's anything wrong with her. Her only medical need is that she needs help a few times a day to express her bladder over a litter box or toilet.

For more information about Cynthia, please call 773-784-5488 ext. 235 or e-mail adoption at treehouseanimals dot org

LL
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Barb, do you know if either of them are mobile?

Sheesh I seriously can't take on another cat *right now* (or again I'd be all over Punky and PJ ) but I'm still interested...

I actually talked to my anti-pet MOTHER yesterday and she thinks it's an awesome idea to adopt an older or disabled pet!!
post #15 of 17
If you mean moving around, they both are fine. There is a description below the pix that talks about their activity. Let me know if you need more info!
post #16 of 17
How touching and thanks to this thread I think I now know what was "wrong" with a kitty I had years ago. Tripod (named him that because he did not walk well) was born with some type of issue that kept him from walking properly. He stuck by my side like glue tho and was totally a "soul mate" kitty. Unfortunately he came into my life during a very bad time in my life when I could not keep him for very long. I ended up giving him to a lovely family though and I am sure he is still living the good life with them.

I applaud your generosity in wanting to take in these beautiful babies. I only wish I had the means to do so myself.
post #17 of 17
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We don't have the "means" right now (by that I mean that the four we have take up the entire space in a HUGE house but once we *do* have the ability, I want to give some kitties who otherwise wouldn't get that chance a second chance at life. I can *really* sympathize with their plight!
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