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IMPORTANT CHANGES REGARDING
PLACEMENT OF YOUR CAT OR KITTEN

Special Needs Kittens and Cats
Available to Approved Homes

Every life has worth and every kitten or adult cat from Donegal Cattery deserves a home with someone who will love and care for that kitty for the rest of its life. From time to time a kitten will be born at Donegal Cattery with a genetic propensity for a disease or with a weakness that predisposes them to viral or other risks. Every possible step has been taken by me, their breeder, to produce the “perfect” baby, including screening for disease when possible by DNA and ultrasounds. But having only “perfect” cats just isn’t how life works.

My husband’s half brother was the fourth child in the family and was born with a heart defect. They were very poor, and his parents made the heart-wrenching decision to give him up for adoption, so that he could get the best possible medical care. Medicaid didn’t exist back then. That baby was raised by a loving couple and went on to become a doctor.

We’ve all seen people with abnormalities or handicaps at some point in our lives. In this case, the parents loved that child so much that they wanted to give him every chance to survive and go on to provide great joy for the parents who were able to provide for his “special needs.” And so it is in the world of Persian cats, as it is in many animal species. All breeders will experience it if they breed long enough. My breeding experience has spanned nearly two decades. If it were up to my heart, I would keep them all, but like human parents (birth, adopted, or foster) as a breeder I can only keep so many cats and offer them the love and the care that they need both physically and financially.

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Listed below are the Donegal “special needs” kitties that are currently ready for your consideration for adoption. If you are unsure or need a little tug on the heartstrings, continue reading after you review their biographies. The stories of Donegal’s successful “special needs” placements will tickle your hearts and put a big smile on your face. Examples of successful placements can be viewed on the HandiCats Adopted page.

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Alex Alex Alex

Donegal’s Ragtime Band (Alex)
Seal Point Himalayan Spayed Female
Stomatitis
some relief from 1-TDC Gel applied to gums
DOB:  2/26/12

If there ever was a poster cat for the phrase “laid back cat” it would be Alex. She literally arches her back in sheer enjoyment while being held on her back like a baby. She is a very sweet lap kitty. Alex had been kept for breeding after losing her sire, Rags. She was going to carry on that pedigree line until she developed Stomatitis (an auto immune response that causes inflammation of the gums in response to bacteria and plaque on the teeth). This gum disease is recessively hereditary. My vet wanted to do a full mouth extraction, but I elected to try some holistic treatments. After some experimentation, I discovered 1-TDC gelatin capsules. The fatty acid gel is squeezed out of the caplet and applied along the gum line with a Q-tip, initially daily for a month, then every other day. I have seen about a 60% reduction in the amount of inflamed gum tissue on this treatment. Alex now only has some redness along the edge of the teeth. On the days in between her treatments I use C.E.T. dental rinse to prevent bacteria build-up. She is having her teeth cleaned in March, 2015, but will only have teeth extracted that are infected and at risk of causing systemic infection. She can eat dry food and has excellent weight.

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Pearl Pearl Pearl

Donegal’s Pearl in the Shell (Pearl)
Lilac and White Bicolor Persian
Arrhythmia
very low dose Aspirin twice a week
10/23/12

Pearl will jump up on my lap after announcing that she wants affection. She is a very muscular girl and thinks she’s the top cat. When she approaches the food bowl, if there is any other cat there, she lets them know that the food is “all hers.” She’s not combative, just loquacious. While Pearl was waiting to go to a breeder, I bred her to prevent a cystic uterus. In the process, she developed Pyometra, which is an infection in the uterus. After two attempts at treating it, I took her to my veterinarian to make sure her uterus was cleared of infection and ready for a pregnancy. During the exam Dr. Rockwell heard a grade III heart murmur and suggested Dr. Williams do a cardiac ultrasound before attempting another breeding. Pearl didn’t have any evidence of cardiac enlargement on ultrasound, so no HCM at this point. She has a stray moderator band in her left ventricle causing turbulent blood flow. This puts her at risk of throwing a blood clot. So Pearl receives ¼ of a baby Aspirin twice a week. That is the only medication she currently needs. Her prognosis is unknown as this is a congenital (not hereditary) abnormality of the heart.

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Cherry Cherry Cherry

CH Donegal’s Chococherry (Cherry)
Chocolate Tortie Point Himalayan Spay
CHF due to HCM survivor
daily & twice weekly medication
DOB:  6/2/10

Cherry is a bit on the timid side even though she is bigger than most of my girls. She has been bounced around a bit and has developed a little insecurity, so she “eggs” others on with her timidity. That type of stress is counter- productive for her condition. She needs a place where she can feel secure and will do best in a no other animal home. Cherry has seen the world, or at least been across the country and back, literally. She had a litter of kittens while in Oregon, then came home. Seven weeks after she was bred here, I witnessed her having rapid, shallow breathing. I took her to the emergency hospital and they kept her overnight, giving her IV Lasix for the fluid that had filled her lungs. The next morning my veterinarian performed a cardiac ultrasound and found the cause of the fluid. She was in congestive heart failure. Her whole heart is enlarged, but still has good function. After a week of medication to stabilize her and remove the fluid, she was switched to Atenolol daily and Aspirin twice a week to prevent the possibility of a blood clot. She is breathing well and eating normally. Her lungs are totally clear of the fluid. Thankfully, she had lost the pregnancy in the process and resorbed the tissue.

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ChaCha ChaCha ChaCha

Donegal’s Cinco De Mayo Cha Cha (Cha Cha)
Black Persian Spay
HCM
no medication needed
5/5/06

Cha Cha likes to sit next to me on the armrest of the love seat and get brushed. She makes a unique gurgling sound on occasion due to her extra-long upper palate. It poses no health risk other than to be careful if she has to receive any fluid by mouth. Cha Cha has literally been around the block. My best friend adopted her, then her husband told her to “get rid of her” because she defecated where he sits on the couch. He is an alcoholic and Cha Cha didn’t like how he treated my friend. So she showed him her displeasure. Within about six months, I was bringing home her half-brother Moondoggie because my friend had died of an overdose and I was not leaving any of my cats with her husband. Moondoggie now lives in a wonderful home in Virginia, is loved by his family, and works part time as a therapy cat. Cha Cha needs a place to live out her life too, in a non-threatening, low stress environment. She has lived with a Scottish Terrier and four other cats in that home, so a gentle dog and a small number of cats will be acceptable. Her HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) does not yet require any medication so aside from combing her a couple of times a week she is easy to manage. Stress management is the key to longevity with this disease.

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Samba Samba
Donegal’s Cinco De Mayo Samba (Samba)
Black Persian Female
Interstitial Cystitis
Controlled on Daily Amitriptyline
Born 5/5/06

Samba is a well-built Persian girl who loves attention. Her cardiac ultrasound at three years of age showed some mitral valve thickening, but normal heart size and function. Samba will receive an updated ultrasound before she is spayed and adopted. She does have Interstitial Cystitis, a bladder condition which is common in cats, and takes ¼ tablet of Amitriptyline daily to prevent flareups. Because of this condition, Samba has had an occasional urinary tract infection requiring antibiotics, antispasmotics, and sub-Q fluids. She is easy to pill and to administer fluids. She has only had two cystitis flareups/infections in her life and these will minimize once she is spayed and in a home with less stress than the cattery. If you are interested in Samba, but have not administered fluids, you will need to have your vet show you how to do it. It is really easy to do with minimal practice.

 

 

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