5 Inspiring Special Needs Cats
There are quite a few special needs kitties out there who have become extremely popular, thanks to social media. With so many followers, they’re able to inspire people every day, and they also prove that they’re just as much fun, and just as adorably quirky, as any other cats that you meet. In fact, these lovely felines are so unique that you might even feel inclined to adopt a special needs kitten or cat of your own!
Stella is a beautiful gray cat who loves to play, and because her mom is a hardworking foster parent for kitties in need, Stella even has the opportunity to act as “junior foster mom” and make friends with kittens who are learning the ropes. The only thing that separates Stella from other kitties is the fact that she can’t see. In fact, she was rescued as a scared, blind stray when she was a baby. But whether she’s making a mess of the toilet paper roll, climbing a cat tree, or playing with any number of the toys her mom gives her, she astonishes and proves that blind cats can behave just like cats who can see.
Monty may look different, but he’s just like any other cat, and his presence and popularity on social media is proving that. This special and super loving kitty was born with chromosome abnormalities and without a nasal bridge. But his parents are letting everyone know that animals like him deserve just as much love as any other. Since being adopted, Monty’s family has been working on spreading his story and raising awareness so more kitties like him can be saved.
Roo, playfully referred to as the “Kangaroo Cat,” shares his home with famous Venus, the “Two Face Cat.” It’s hard to believe that someone would throw Roo away when he was a kitten just because he’s different, but that’s unfortunately what happened to him when someone put him in a plastic bag and tossed him into a lake. Why did they throw Roo away? He was born with Radial Hypoplasia, so his front legs are twisted and short. This doesn’t keep him from living life to the fullest, though, and now he’s a handsome guy with a huge following.
Roux is a cat who has adapted beautifully to getting around on her two back legs, as she was born without her front legs, and she has a little bobtail too. She behaves just like any other feline, craving love and attention, as well as plenty of playtime and a good box to sit in. Plus, she can jump from the floor onto a table like a pro, further proving that she isn’t hindered at all by getting around on two legs instead of four.
Kevin is an adorable Russian Blue with a unique look. He was born with a condition called hydrocephalus, which causes fluid around the brain and swelling and pressure that leads to brain damage. As a result, he is partially blind and deaf. He was dumped in a parking lot when he was a mere 4 weeks old, and vets didn’t think that he would live to see his first birthday. But he is now 5 years old and loving life, thanks to his wonderful family who gave him a chance to thrive.
There are so many more beautiful special needs cats who have become famous on the internet, and we wish we could feature all of them, but you can find and follow them to show your support as they advocate for treating all animals with love. And if you’re ready to welcome a special needs kitty into your family, check shelters and foster networks, as there are many lives that need saving.
Lisa Selvaggio is a freelance writer and editor, and our resident cats-pert, with certifications in pet nutrition and pet first aid. An advocate for better treatment of all animals, she enjoys producing content that educates others, helps them understand animals better, and inspires them to help, whether that means volunteering at a shelter, fostering strays, or simply giving their own pets a safe and happy home to live in.
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