In its purest definition, a “special needs” cat has a disease or physical disability that requires continuing care and attention above and beyond that of a ‘normal’ cat. Cats with conditions like Cerebral Hyperplasia (aka wobbly cat), Manx Syndrome or other issues that lead to incontinence, missing limbs and blindness are those that most commonly called “special needs” cats.
But, the term is also frequently applied to cats that have a terminal illness, have emotional disabilities that give rise to behavioral issues, have prescription lifetime dietary needs or are older and have age-related medical issues like chronic renal disease or hyperthyroidism.
We believe that it is fitting that “special” is part of their label as they are very special animals indeed. They are wonderful cats that are looking for someone to care for, love, and understand them and in return they will give unconditional love and companionship.
Right now, PAWS has a number of “special needs” kitties looking for their forever home and we will be publishing a series of four blog posts telling you about them.
In this introductory blog post we would like you to meet Sprinkles.
Sprinkles is a beautiful 3-1/2 year old Siamese blend cat with a lovely demeanor. Her challenges include being deaf and having feline epilepsy. She needs to take phenobarbital every day, but she takes her pills very easily and then gets back to play time! Sprinkles doesn’t ask for much – a lap now and then, pets and some interactive play.
What could be better than giving a loving home to a cat who has been overlooked merely because they are a little different? Do you have room in your heart and home for one of our “special needs” cats? Come on in to the Coronado Animal Care Facility and meet our “special needs” cats to experience for yourself just how special they are!