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(Please read this before inquiring about an adoption)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.
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.
Black Persian Female
Controlled on Daily Amitriptyline
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.
Riverdance lives up to the reputation of the “crazy tortie” in Persian cats. She’s a small, feisty girl who can run like there’s no tomorrow. She will chase a toy flying through the air on a string and is usually the first one to catch it. Riverdance was diagnosed at two years of age with a mild arrhythmia that requires no medication. She had cardiac changes not attributable to HCM on her cardiac ultrasound at that time. She will receive an updated ultrasound before she is spayed and adopted. If you like a cat who demands your attention and acts crazy, then Riverdance is the one you want.
Donegal’s Luciano Pawfurotti (Chano)
Chano began as the biggest kitten in the litter of three and has become a huge Persian armful of love. He has the deepest copper eye color. He didn’t quite hit my standard for showing a solid Persian because his ears were a bit too large and his color a bit dark. He also tears quite a bit. So I decided to keep him just for breeding.
He blended well with the other boys and when it came time to test the breeding waters, I placed him with a very receptive, though naïve, female. After giving them a little time to get acquainted, I checked in on the love birds and found Chano doing deep chest breathing. So that breeding session ceased immediately and a veterinarian appointment was made for the next day.
My veterinarian used a new test called Cardiopet to test for an enzymatic marker for heart disease. When coupled with an ultrasound they showed that Chano has tachycardia when stressed but normal blood pressure and no heart enlargement. So he was placed on ½ tablet of Atenolol per day so that he can handle any type of excitement. I told my vet, “I know what happened. The other boys gave Chano a Viagra and a nitroglycerin and said Go, have a good time.” She laughed and said I was crazy. Well, I already knew that.
If we do not have the Special Needs kitten or cat that you are looking for, please click this link and you will be sent to the Special Needs Available page for Victorian Gardens Cattery. As of October 2012, Victorian Gardens and Donegal are the only two known Persian and/or Himalayan Catteries in the world which have devoted a separate page to Special Needs kittens and cats. We have done this because we are devoted to the philosophy that every kitten and cat (regardless its disability, handicap or special need) should have an opportunity for a wonderful life with a loving family.
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