Thursday, September 24, 2020

4 Reasons to Consider Adopting a Special Needs Cat #RememberMeThursday


Carmine in his heated bed with a sign that says, "I Creaste to Save Lives."

Today is Remember Me Thursday - a day we shine a light on all the animals in rescues and shelters still waiting for their forever homes. We want to talk to you specifically about special needs kitties today. 

Did you know that special needs pets are considered "less adoptable?" That means that special needs cats usually spend much longer in shelters waiting for forever homes than healthy kitties. 

That's right, some people still look at special needs pets as "broken" or "less than." But anyone who has ever had the privilege of caring for a special needs cat can tell you that they make wonderful companions. 

Personally, I tend to find myself drawn to special needs pets. Maybe it's because I feel like I can understand them since I have a disability myself.  I do understand others' hesitation to adopt a special needs cat, though.

I hope that learning more about special needs cats will help ease some of the concerns some people have about adopting special needs kitties. 

So, why should you consider adopting a special needs cat?

Tylan with his #RememberMeThursday catnip toy.

Special Needs Cats Have Just as Much Love to Give

Special needs cats have just as much love to give as healthy kitties. My special needs cat, Tylan, has severe refractory stomatitis, and he is one of the most loving cats I've ever met! Tylan adores people. Not only does he love his friends, but he loves making friends with strangers. Tylan enjoys sleeping with me at least part of each night, following me around and supervising me during the day, and telling me exactly what he thinks about everything. He has always had an abundance of love to offer despite how crummy his mouth condition has made him feel in the past. 

Our friend Logan had this to say about his special needs cats, Sadie and Amber - "They both loved their dad very much. They knew when I was having a hard time and insisted on snuggling meThat's all they wanted were snuggles all the time." 

Logan's cat, Sadie.
Logan's cat, Sadie.
*Photo used with permission. 

Special needs kitties just want to be loved as much as healthy cats do. They need and deserve forever homes just as much. 

Special Needs Cats Adapt Well

Cats are great at adapting to challenges. In fact, many people who have special needs cats forget their kitties even have challenges! My special needs cat, Carmine, is almost completely blind now due to cataracts in both his eyes. Despite his inability to see much, he still does everything he did when he had good sight. He still jumps up into the window, gets in his cat tree, maneuvers his environment well, and even gets on top of the kitchen cabinets! He does so well that I sometimes forget that he cannot see. 

Our friend, Mom Emily from Kitty Cat Chronicles, says, "My cat Sophie has cerebellar hypoplasia. I love watching her adapt and figure out how to do things her own way. Seeing her accomplish something she couldn't do before, like climbing up onto the cat tree, is incredibly rewarding." 

Our friend, Mom Lorianne from Four Legged Furballs says this about her special needs cat Evan - "And then there's the fact that Evan just really truly inspires me. He may be hind limb paralyzed, but he acts in such a determined and brave way that I often forget that he's, 'different.' All in all, Evan runs, plays, climbs, cuddles, purrs, and just overall loves life. If anyone or anything has taught me that obstacles in life can be overcome, it's Evan."

Carmine on top of the refrigerator.
Carmine: Mine's eyes might not work so well anymores, but mes still gets around!

Some special needs kitties may need you to make a few accommodations to your home to help them live quality lives; however, these modifications are usually minimal. For instance, if you adopt an arthritic cat, he may need pet stairs to help him get onto his cat tree or onto your bed. A kitty with vision problems may benefit from toys that are color-contrasting. 

Friday, September 18, 2020

Win Prizes for Your Favorite Shelter with the #RememberMeThursday Contest!

 Would you like to win cash and prizes for your favorite rescue or shelter? Of course you would! 

Every year, Helen Woodward Animal Center holds a contest in conjunction with Remember Me Thursday, and this year is no different. 

Remember Me Thursday logo.

You can enter the contest in one of two ways:

1. Enter your pet's photo and story on the contest page.

2. Share a photo of your pet on social media using both the hashtags #RememberMeThursday and #SeeTheLight. 

A panel of judges from Helen Woodward Animal Center will select the top three stories as winners of the contest. The winners' nominated animal rescue or shelter will receive a cash prize and product to support their mission of helping homeless animals. 

This year's prizes are as follows:

  • First Place Prize: $5,000 monetary prize, 1,000 pounds Blue Buffalo pet food, and 100 Kong toys for your nominated rescue or shelter.
  • Second Place Prize: $2,500 monetary prize, 1,000 pounds Blue Buffalo pet food, and 100 Kong toys for your nominated rescue or shelter.
  • Third Place Prize: $1,000 monetary prize, 1,000 pounds Blue Buffalo pet food, and 100 Kong toys for your nominated rescue or shelter.
Prizes are sponsored by Blue Buffalo, Naturally Fresh, and Save This Life.

This year's contest includes a new component - the People's Choice Winner, which is determined through public votes. The People's Choice Winner will receive Remember Me Thursday swag and a basket full of their choice of either dog or cat gear, toys, and accessories.

I know you all have some amazing stories about how your pets have impacted your lives, so please head on over to the contest page to enter your pet's story into the contest! While you're over there, check out the pet stories, and vote on your favorite. I can't wait to read all of your wonderful stories!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Carmine's Tips for Getting Gotted


Hi everyone, it's mes, Carmine!

Guess what?! My Gotcha Day was on Friday! The Mom is late in helping mes get my post up, but better late than nevers, right?

Mes claimed the Mom 15 years ago when mes was a small, 14-week-old kitten. And now mes is a wise, old mancat, so....

This year, mes thought mes would offer some advice on getting gotted so all our homeless kitty pals cans find a nice home and a loving human like mes did. 

Be Adorable: If yous bes a kitty, yous already has this covered! But, it doesn't hurt to do something cute so that the humans think you bes extra adorable. Try rolling around on the floor near the humans, making a cute, "mew," or playing with the humans' shoestrings. 


Thursday, June 4, 2020

Thankful Thursday with Carmine

Carmine at the vet.
Carmine at the vet.

Hi everyone, it's mes, Carmine!

A few weeks ago, mes wented to the vet guy and had a little nap. When mes woke up, mes noticed mes had a couple more teefers missing. 

When the vet tech lady brought mes back to the Mom, hers was telling the Mom that mes doesn't have many teefers left. But the Mom said mes still has more teefers than Tylan does. MOL!

Here is my dental chart. See all the teefers that are shaded in? Those be the ones that mes no longer has.

Dental chart.
Carmine's dental chart, May, 2020.

My dental went well. Mes healed up nicely. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Fickle Humans

Tylan staring at Carmine's SureFeed.
Hey, you! Open up and let me have those kibbles!

Hi everyone, it's me, Tylan!

Have you ever noticed how fickle humans are? They can't seem to make up their minds, and it's quite confusing sometimes!

When the Mom lady brought me home, she noticed how much I loved food right away. I would gobble all of my food down and then shove Carmine out of the way and steal his! 

Carmine is a grazer. He likes to eat some of his food and save some for later. I don't know why you would save any for later when you can eat it NOW. He's a strange mancat sometimes.

When Carmine wanted a few bites of his kibble, the Mom lady would put some down for him, but then I would come and eat it all, leaving none for Carmine.

She tried to put Carmine's kibble on top of the counter, but I'd just get up there and steal it all when she wasn't watching. 

She could feed us our canned food meals in different rooms so Carmine could eat as much as he wanted, but she didn't know how on earth Carmine was going to be able to get any kibble, when, every time she put some out, I came along and ate it all. 

Carmine wasn't getting enough to eat. The Mom lady wasn't happy about that. 

So she got one of these contraptions she calls a SureFeed. It is a microchip feeder,. The Mom lady programmed Carmine's chip into the feeder but not mine. So, Carmine's SureFeed only opens it's lid for him. Isn't that mean?!