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post #1 of 26
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Once we moved to Philadelphia, we realized we had a ton of space and I had always wanted two cats. We started looking and found this little guy who had been fostered. His spine is fused towards his rear, so he kind of waddles and kicks his leg out when he walks. He can't jump very well, but it was congenital and does not seem to be causing much pain at all. We went and met his foster mom, and he decided he quite liked us and I was in love at first sight So we brought him right home! I had his room all set up-- Zissou is still deciding how she feels about all this The hissing at the door is already subsiding, so that's a good sign for the days to come.



His coat is (the gray part, his belly/paws are all white) classic tabby, but you can barely tell he isn't just one color gray. And his little toes alternate pink and brown--- adorable! He's near a year old, very playful, very outgoing. It's hard to imagine him the way the fosters described him, timid and hiding. His personality is so much like Zissou's it's almost uncanny. I'm sure when they finally meet they will be inseperable!
post #2 of 26
Awww he's adorable. He's a dark blue classic tabby with white. Hope you will post more pics of him
post #3 of 26
He's cute! The spine thing I'm sure scared away adopters....but hey their loss was your gain!
post #4 of 26
Very cute little boy!
post #5 of 26
Awww, he's so cute! Congratulations on your new addition
post #6 of 26
Aww what a beautiful little boy I'm looking forward to more pictures already Many vibes that the introductions go well when the time is right
post #7 of 26
Oh, what a lovely boy!
post #8 of 26
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Thanks guys!

By popular demand:



Exploring the hallway (they still haven't met officially)



Staring at the door, which appears to be hissing at him



His back right leg-- that's the little kick he does every time he walks (or gallops... you couldn't call it running). His claws are a bit long, so you hear him clacking on the floor in a weird pattern like clickclickclick...click! Since it takes him a while for the fourth paw. The vet did an xray and said it was probably not going to cause any issues, and hasn't seemed to since July.
post #9 of 26
Congratulations on your new addition.
He's adorable!
post #10 of 26
I can tell that you have fallen helplessly in love with handsome Simon.
I am so happy for you, Simon and Zissou.

Welcome to TCS Simon.
post #11 of 26
oh he's gorgeous! and well done you for taking on an extra special kitty!
post #12 of 26
He's adorable! Congrats on the new addition to your family
post #13 of 26
Oh I cant believe that Zissou has a brother ... I bet once she adjusts to him, she will love him. He is sooooooooo beautiful You guys are going to be one big happy family Does your SO love cats like you do?
post #14 of 26
What an adorable new additions Simon is. Congratulations!
post #15 of 26
Aww he is gorgeous, congratulations.
post #16 of 26
He's gorgeous! I think he's close to what my little guy is going to look like when he gets bigger. I bet he and Zissou are going to be buddies
post #17 of 26
First of all, he is gorgeous!!! I'm looking forward to him and Zissou meeting, I'm sure it will be.. interesting!

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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
His back right leg-- that's the little kick he does every time he walks (or gallops... you couldn't call it running). His claws are a bit long, so you hear him clacking on the floor in a weird pattern like clickclickclick...click! Since it takes him a while for the fourth paw. The vet did an xray and said it was probably not going to cause any issues, and hasn't seemed to since July.
That's interesting - Smudge has a weird looking stance, and her back right leg kicks out when she walks, and she also can't jump very well. I wonder if she has something similar?
post #18 of 26
He is gorgeous, oh my gosh I can't cope with all these lovely kitties!!! Congrats on your new arrival
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
Oh I cant believe that Zissou has a brother ... I bet once she adjusts to him, she will love him. He is sooooooooo beautiful You guys are going to be one big happy family Does your SO love cats like you do?
He tries... his family always had dogs so he knows about as much about cats as I do about calculus. But he loves ours (well, and me, and we came as a package ) so he's learning. He even has a 'cat' voice now, though of course it isn't quite as effective as mine

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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
First of all, he is gorgeous!!! I'm looking forward to him and Zissou meeting, I'm sure it will be.. interesting!
That's interesting - Smudge has a weird looking stance, and her back right leg kicks out when she walks, and she also can't jump very well. I wonder if she has something similar?
Could be-- the vet did an xray at his neuter. I've looked online and haven't found a darn thing about it except in humans. The paperwork says "lower spine is fused. Hopefully Ralphie's (his temporary name) malformations in his lower spine won't cause problems. Let us know if he has a lot of discomfort, more difficulty walking, or incontinence." I guess they didn't know if it was an injury that had healed or congenital, but they said it was probably congenital and that was in July and he seems to have only gotten better.

I'll try to get a video of his walk sometime for you.
post #20 of 26
Congratulations with your pretty guy !!

The bit about his spine being fused makes me think about Scottish Folds, the same defect that makes their ears curl also causes fused tail vertebrae in some cats. So there probably must be Fold owners out there who have experience with this condition.
post #21 of 26
Oh he's gorgeous!! Looking forward to the day he and Zissou meet.

On a side note, I didn't know that the same thing that causes Scottish Folds' ears to fold can also cause fusing of the spines. Why on earth do people want to breed cats which have the possibility of being born with fused spines just to get the folded ear look??
post #22 of 26
Simon is very cute, Its great you have given him a home.
i will keep my fingers crossed that the meeting with Z goes well

of course more pics are always welcomed
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by BabyWukong View Post
Oh he's gorgeous!! Looking forward to the day he and Zissou meet.

On a side note, I didn't know that the same thing that causes Scottish Folds' ears to fold can also cause fusing of the spines. Why on earth do people want to breed cats which have the possibility of being born with fused spines just to get the folded ear look??
Because they are so cute and the folded ears are a novelty ?

It is recommended that breeders never breed a cat with folded ears to a cat with folded ears, but always do a folded ears to straight ears breeding. Half the kittens will have folded ears and half the kittens will have straight ears, Scottish straights. But it is not entirely certain this method prevents problems; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10078353 . I've heard about breeders doing scans/x-rays on their breeding cats, but they are a minority. And of course you always have backyard breeders who do breed Fold to Fold. Some breeders register their Scottish straight kittens as British shorthairs, which upsets BSH breeders as they don't want Folds/straights in their gene pool, because even Straights can have the mutation.
Anyway, the breed is much more popular in the US than it is in Europe, the governing council for the cat fancy in the UK banned the breed because of health concerns, and there are more countries that are thinking about it.

But this is a whole other topic, this one is all about Simon
post #24 of 26
Congratulations on your new furbaby!!! He is soo adorable!!!

How's he adjusting?
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Congratulations on your new furbaby!!! He is soo adorable!!!

How's he adjusting?
Thanks!

He's doing well! I started a new thread about the introduction with him and Zissou. http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=178946

He's also learning the best way to waddle down the hallway and make a sharp turn without falling over or skidding into doorjambs.
post #26 of 26
He's adorable! I'm so glad I didn't TOTALLY miss that Zissou's got a new brother! Our Ming Loy has cerebellar hypoplasia, and she can't jump and gallops/waddles too. The first thing we realized once she was home was - we didn't think about how noisy the way she moves around was going to be! She was like a herd of elephants all by herself!

Congrats - how exciting!

Laurie
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