Barney & Meera
Barney & Meera are a darling pair of siblings looking for a new home together. They have radial hypoplasia, a disability that causes their limbs to be crooked (scroll down to read more about the condition). Despite their disability, they are normal, healthy cats that can get around just fine. They are a little apprehensive when it comes to human interaction, but have gotten better since spending time in foster care. Barney, the black and white male, has progressed the most, while his calico sister Meera can still be a bit nervous with new people. They enjoy having comfy spots they can hide in and investigate their new surroundings at their own pace. Despite their condition, they move around just fine and will even spend time playing together. They did not have interactions with dogs in their foster home, but did spend time listening to their barking and other noises. These are two very sweet cats who would make welcome additions to just the right household.
The adoption fee for the pair has been waived.
“They’ve come a long way in foster care. Just spending time with them is key. I would sit on the floor, at their level, and let them get used to me. Their disability makes them feel vulnerable, but they can move around, eat and use the litter box just fine. With a quiet, patient owner who has plenty of time to spend with them, they will continue to come out of their shells and be wonderful house cats.” Michele, Barney & Meera’s foster mom
Adoption Fee: $0
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: 2 years
Have you ever heard of radial hypoplasia? Hypoplasia simply means that they have crooked legs compared to “normal” cats but they can still move around, use low-sided litter boxes, and be affectionate sweeties and eventual climbers. They learn to adapt to their physical conditions so that they play, hop, or walk around like any cats! These guys were given the chance to have full lives to share with someone!
Some facts about radial hypoplasia:
- Is a physical condition related to bones (lack of bones, lack of development, etc.)
- Is not contagious to other cats/animals
- Appreciates rugs to help with mobility
- Might need ramps to get on high places and stairs are not necessarily doable
- Life expectancy is the same as cats without hypoplasia
- Might need help with cleaning face
- Find ways to adapt to become more mobile throughout life
- They don’t know they are any different than other cats!
Their legs cannot be fixed, it is disabled physical condition that cats can adapt to. Even though they have physical disabilities, and perhaps need a little extra love and attention, they will delight you with their special hearts. Because of their special needs and physical vulnerabilities, they must be indoor cats only and would appreciate quiet homes with loving, patient and supportive humans to care for them.
FMI and everything you need to know about adopting cats with hypoplasia, please visit: http://messybeast.com/disabled.htm