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post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
When I was laying in bed last night trying to fall asleep, I was thinking that I've always been pretty lucky when it comes to my cats' health. I've never had any "special needs" kitties till recently. Now I have four of them. Geronimo & Winchester have the 'dry' form of FIP and will have to be on Interferon for the rest of their lives, and Jinx & Cassidy both have birth defects: Jinxy is a 'hunchback', and Cassidy has a 'bad' leg - and there's nothing that can be done for either of them. But I suppose it could be worse, b/c Geronimo & Winchester can be treated, and Jinxy & Cassidy aren't in any pain.

How many special needs kitties do y'all have, and what is their ailment?
post #2 of 30
Well, as Chynna has aged she's become "special needs". She's now 16 years old and nearly deaf. She can still hear low pitched sounds, but she mostly responds to vibrations on the floor from walking or doors opening and closing. Plus she is almost toothless now. She has all of her tiny front ones, one incisor and a few small back ones, but that's it.
post #3 of 30
I have two.
Coco walks hunbacked because her arthritis and her front paws are bent from it. She Also has Asthma and needs a inhaler. She is Alergic to everything and has Ibs and the Bladder problems. She has also shrunk from the arthritis. Cocos ears are bad inside also and we think its a Allergic reaction.
Oreo as fcks and has deformed bones because of it. You can no really tell anymore but she almost died from it before I got her.
I would not comsider Meeko speacial needs but she gets very runny eyes ever since she was sick as a kitten.
post #4 of 30
Technically three of four ...

Zoey has allergic gingivitis and active herpes

PJ and Punky have herpes and some other small issues

2 out of 2 dogs .. big one is epileptic and little one has cushings
post #5 of 30
Stumpy has an auto-immune disease that causes his body to attack his teeth. They've all been removed but he's on medication for the rest of his life.

Muddy has idiopathic cystitis and we've been battling urinary problems for a while and we will fight them the rest of his life. He's also on meds for the rest of his life. He also has chronic herpes and is bordering on renal problems.

Scarlett was very malnourished when she was orphaned at 3 weeks old and she walks rather strangely. She's hurt herself doing simple things like jumping off of tables so we have to constantly monitor her so that she doesn't hurt herself. Xrays have never proven anything.

Spike (dog) was diagnosed with hip dsyplasia before he was a year old. We fight regular battles with cysts that look identical to malignant cancer.

Our feral Indie has had chronic allergies all of her life.

That's all right now. I'm sitting with 4 senior cats and holding my breath.
post #6 of 30
currently, Pixel's the only one that might qualify as 'special needs' - she's a senior w/feline herpes.
post #7 of 30
Both of my kitties are special needs girls. Callie, my 12 yo, has the beginning stages of CRF. Hannah, my 3 yo tabby, has feline herpes. I've had Callie for 10 years. She didn't start off as a special needs kitty, except that she needed special lovin'. That cat has my heart!
post #8 of 30
All of mine are special needs but not as bad as some.

Kuce (15 yrs+) has a trick knee with arthritis affecting her joints as well. She also has asthma, borderline CRF, recurring FLUTI's and Feline Herpes (just diagnosed). She also needs (demands) extra love.

Luvbug (8 yrs) has asthma and anal gland issues as well as a bad ankle joint and hip joint (Both on the same leg).

Lil' Jag (4 yrs) has had anal gland issues and may need surgery for it.

Sphinx - My RB cat had several issues including a heart murmur.
post #9 of 30
Well, Tigger is almost 19, but seems to be in pretty good health, besides being too thin. And Clyde is deaf, but you almost wouldn't know it - he's as active and aware as any of the others.
post #10 of 30
Thankfully, the kitties are not horribly high maintenance....

Celia, of course, with her skin issues and asthma. The recent emergency clinic visit, ACTH stim test, bloodwork and skin biopsies have been interesting.

Juliet had trouble with IBD when younger, along with some chronic urinary infections.

Puck is difficult for others to handle--she honestly acts nearly feral, even though she's lived with me since kittenhood and is indoors only--but as long as I make sure *I'm* the only one who does anything to her, she's okay.

Liz has had the occassional weight problem (she gets light) and we run bloodwork which is always normal and I get instructions to feed her especially tasty canned food.

Isabel the manx is overweight. Hopefully the move to canned food exclusively will help with that.

Now, if we're talkin dog issues (One at the vet yesterday for reoccuring colitis, one at the vet tomorrow for a tumor check) or horse issues (lame for weeks and weeks, hours of radiographs, bone scan, ultrasound guided c spine injections, gabapentin, it just keeps going) I have more to complain about. Sigh.
post #11 of 30
I also had Cfr Cats that I lost and a Manx that had spinal problems with seizures. She would drag her back legs because they didnt work by the time she was 8.
post #12 of 30
Twitch is deaf & toothless.
Lily has mild luxating patellas.
Ophelia is deaf, & semi-feral
Dorian is a snot bag, he has herpes & basically chronic URI
Molly has very nasty herpes
Eden has balance issues due to abuse/poor nutrition

My Rainbow Bridge Damita Mae was blind...she also fought with digestive issues.

Bea, the foster kitty I adopted out tonight after 9 months, was mean...cat/dog aggressive, plus in the early stages of renal failure.

I'm not interested in adopting the "normal" cats. Not many will give some "special needs" cats a chance - so I figure I'm one of their few chances.
post #13 of 30
i wouldn't call mine special needs, but they are 15 and 18, and they both have arthritis, the 15yo is worse, I only noticed with the 18yo once she started pinching arthritis meds and she had more energy - she apparently has a heart murmur too, but it can't be too bad as it didn't affect her dental!! I do seem to have a lot of leg issues with my oldies though, and have had CRF cats, cats with digestive issues, 3 legged, toothless, cancer, liver probs - the joys of oldies!!
post #14 of 30
Zero, thankfully.

Matilda has her tiny issues. She has very stubborn feline acne on her chin and overactive oil glands. She also has a chronic runny eye, but that's not really a big deal. She has a chipped tooth too...

Chloe is healthy. Sometimes I think she is too small for her age (she's 7 lbs and 1 year old) but I know that's not true. It just feels true because she is so much smaller than Matilda, who weighs 10 lbs.
post #15 of 30
Only one of my crew would be consider special needs - Peter - because of his HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), a gradual thickening of the heart muscle. He's on daily meds and needs an annual ultrasound, but is doing great for now.
post #16 of 30
I suppose it depends on how you define 'special needs.'
Technically, both of my two are, but in truth, they really don't need much more care than normal cats.

Freya needs her bad eye cleaned regularly, and we have to remind people that she can't see you on that side.

Cotton was severely depressed when we got him, but he's worked through that. He has missing several teeth and most of the rest are bad, so he needs regular dental care.

All in all, I consider myself lucky - most of what they needed extra care for cleared up over the first year we had them.
post #17 of 30
I guess you could say all of them since they are FeLV positive, but really they don't need anything special, until they get sick
post #18 of 30
Neither one of mine are considered special needs, not very intelligent but not special needs.
post #19 of 30
I've currently got a 3-legged cat, Misty, but honestly it doesn't slow her down much. About the only thing it affects is that she can't jump as high (with only the one back leg to push off with), although she still tries, often catching the top with her front paws and then scrambling up the rest of the way.
post #20 of 30
Carter's skin allergies have been a nightmare to deal with. His sister Chantel had them too, but I don't think she pulled at them the way he does. I know it was part of the reason she was at the shelter until she died

With luck, it turns out to be a food allergy and Carter will finally stop itching and ripping off hair. But he just broke out in a rash last week which of course he has to make worse and now he's taking cortisone pills every day to try and get it under control because he's shrugging off Depo shots. But it's very frustrating to see him like this because I keep getting scared that people think I'm not taking care of my cats at all.
post #21 of 30
Lots? I have all Special Needs kitties residing with us. Just as an example:

Sassy - 2 yr. old male tom cat who is now a life long kitten thanks to a blow to his face/head that gave him brain damage and a slightly deformed face and crossed eyes.

Jake - almost 4 yr old male. Was, basically, a popsickle when I found him. Bottle baby/attack cat, agressive to everyone but me. Very, very mean. Even the vet said getting him fixed would do Jake no good.

Worm - Jakes brother. Was 3 days premature. Bottle baby/love fiend. Has one lazy eye.

Big Girl - 6 months old and the size of a 4 month old kitten.

Dork - 6 month old kitten and his name says it all.

It and Doll - 6 month old kittens, stunted.

Munch - 6 month old kitten - inner ear infection that won't go away.

Frickle - 5 year old female. Dermatitus, rat tumor on her upper lip. Meds for life.

Tubby - 9 yr old Persian. Female. Allergic to her own fur/skin. Meds for life.

Eek - 12 yrs old. Stays outdoors as he tries to eat kittens and he fights everyone.

Chicken and Turkey - 2 mont old kittens. In bred. Chicken also has something wrong with her eye.

Fuzzy - 10 yrs old. Inbred so bad she's mental. Cannot pet her without her going way overboard and attacking you for attention.

And so on, and so on, and so on.
post #22 of 30
Forest has cerebellar hyperplasia. It means the motor function area of his brain wasn't formed right. He stumbles when he walks and can't climb too well and his balance is off, but otherwise he's healthy. It doesn't stop him from bossing Tailer around.

My RB cat, Harvey, had asthma and required a twice-daily inhaler.
post #23 of 30
Well, Sneakers the "senior" cat probably has arthritis but she gets around ok, we may be starting her on Adequan injections though... That's about it. Church was a feral kitten but after nursing him to health he's now perfect. I also have a litter of 7 feral kittens but they are all healthy except one who is half the size of the rest for unknown reasons. Roxy was from a good breeder so she's healthy.
I did once have a foster kitten who was "special needs" but that's about it... It was a long time ago. I found this litter of 3 kittens maybe 7-10 weeks old in an alley, in a milk carton with a lid tied on (next to garbage cans!) One of them was missing a front paw but it appeared to be an old injury because it was all healed. They all found good homes.
post #24 of 30
Cleo has renal failure. Maggie has early stage renal failure, but requires no treatment other than eating the low protein/low phosphorus food. I also believe that Maggie is also slightly brain damaged, because of exposure to the flame retardant chemicals on the paper drapes that lined her living area when she was a baby. Lola is the only one who doesn't have medical issues right now, however, she has had several urinary tract infections, so I have to keep a close eye on her.
post #25 of 30
Let's see

Lylie, lylie has no front teeth(never grew in for some reason), flea/skin allegies to the point she will pull her own fur out if fleas are not under control.

Dakota has a brain disfunction(someone on here told me what it was called) where his feet don't quite follow each other(but so loving)

Satin is 15 age with the normal aging problems(tho he never admit it)

Figgit has breathing problems, possibly from her fall from grace(known as a tree) with a broken skull and sinsus damage.

4 out of 8 not bad.

post #26 of 30
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post

I'm not interested in adopting the "normal" cats. Not many will give some "special needs" cats a chance - so I figure I'm one of their few chances.
That's why we decided to keep both Jinxy & Cassidy after the kittens were born - even though we already had 5 cats and really couldn't afford any more. But we both knew that it would be next to impossible to find a good home for a special needs kitty, and no one would probably be willing to care for them if they needed any special vet care. It's difficult as it is to find a good home for a "normal" cat...

I don't regret keeping them for one second. Both of them are as sweet as pie, and two of the most loving kitties I've ever had.

Bless your hearts, everyone, for taking care of all those babies!
post #27 of 30
I only have 1 special needs kitty. He's got a heart murmur caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is basically a thick heart wall which makes it hard for his heart to pump correctly. He's got a weakened lung lobe from getting pneumonia when he was about 4 weeks old (abandoned at a gas station during a HUGE storm) and he gets pneumonia a LOT because of it, very slightly deformed back legs which make it hard for him to jump, and some mental/balance issues. He's on 2 medications for the rest of his life; 1 which will potentially thin his heart wall and help get rid of the murmur *crosses fingers* and the other to help keep fluid off his chest.
post #28 of 30
All three of my cats have special needs. My two males have had urinary issues, infections, blockages, etc. They both eat W/D dry food from the vet's office. That is all they get. My female cat has herpes, which causes eye issues. It stays under control most of the time. The vet had me try several kinds of ointments which only made it worse. The treatment that seems to be working for her is a ground tablet of lysine in a little wet food every day.
post #29 of 30
I dont have any special needs cats,
when I was little we had a cat with a crushed voice box (he got it in a cat fight...after my mother got him desexed lol) and as he got alot older had a pretty sever diorea problem.

I don't understand why someone wouldnt take on a special needs cat that makes me sad yous are all very special people though for taking care of all these cats
post #30 of 30
Out of 24, none are truly special needs. We did have a deaf boy but he died this summer.

Chad isn't special needs, but he was hit by a car a few years ago (X rays showed his stomach was pushed into his chest), and he had a broken hip. After surgery it took a few months for him to move around more (He spent a lot of time slowly walking around). But its been about 3-4 years and he doesn't walk any different then he did..but you can still feel a bump on his hip.

Paris doesn't have the best vision...and it takes her a while to focus, but she can still see and doesn't run into things (She used to when she was a kitten, she ran into walls and miscalculated her jumps).

and then there is Squirt. She is a Dwarf cat. She weighs 1 pound, 2 ounces. She is almost 5 months old. She has been examined by our vet. He has heard of dwarfism in cats, but never seen it. She is shaped like any other adult cat. Her front legs are shorter than her back, and it gives her a "large butt". She is similiar to munchkin cats, but she is MUCH smaller than ANY cat there is. We are waiting for her to reach a year to call Ripleys lol. She is such a funny little girl, and she is so annoyed with being held...everyone oohs and aahs over her cause shes so tiny, and she is so tired of being held. So she is sort of special needs. We don't know how spaying will work, she can squeaze into places the others cannot (She fell in the furnace..it wasn't on thankfully). Luckily food bribed her out! The older kittens pick on her, she is like a live toy to them!

The good thing...she can't get over a baby gate! lol
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