Herbie, the 16-year-old cat, was nearing the end of his adventure when Georgina Price and her fiance Christopher Lardner adopted him. Herbie died only a few months later.
Even though they had only known him for a short time, they were devastated by his death. The loss, on the other hand, had made room in their hearts for someone new.
Georgina said, “I just kept thinking about all the abandoned animals that might only have five months left and would spend the entire time in a shelter.” “We decided to seek for a particularly lovely cat who would take a little longer to find a home.”
Georgina came into Toby and Quinton while surfing the web. Georgina told olly, “We spotted them on the RSPCA site while they were looking for a home.” Quinton, a 7-year-old high-contrast cat, was missing all of his teeth, and the lovely cat, a 6-year-old short-haired pretty cat, had a lot of exposed flesh.
“They’re a connected couple, and the RSPCA promoted them as a family. Furthermore, we reasoned that if we can aid two adorable kitties rather than one, that would be the best outcome.”
Toby, the lovely cat, was eventually diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) or cat cutaneous asthenia (FCA), a genetic disease characterized by unusually elastic, free, and fragile skin due to a lack of collagen. “We had no idea about it until we found Toby,” Georgina added…
Georgina and Christopher paid a visit to the two at the RSPCA, where they were housed in a specialized facility. “They were both scared and huddled together at the back of the room. Toby, the lovely cat, remained cowering behind Quinton the entire time.”
Georgina was able to pat Quinton, but she was unable to touch Toby due to his fear. Despite this, Sarah and Christopher were confident that they were capable of caring for the extremely anxious special needs cat, so they adopted both Toby and Quinton.
Toby, the lovely cat, and Quinton took some time to adapt into their new home. “They were simply so terrified and lived under the bed for weeks,” Georgina explained, “but food and affection eventually coaxed them out.”
“And now they own the place,” says the narrator. They basically do whatever they want and become irritated when you turn on the light if they’re sleeping on the bed or something.”
Toby’s sensitive skin flexibility condition makes him prone to injury in every situation, especially while he’s preparing or playing with Quinton. “He looks to be ignoring it. His main worry is probably us making sure he doesn’t get hurt or cleaning up his injuries (which he despises).”
Toby’s tummy hangs down to his knees as a result of Ehlers-Danlos symptoms, and Georgina and Christopher are concerned about the additional weight this extra skin may impose on his already strained health. For example, his skin’s excess weight might cause problems with his joints…
“We’re lucky that his hypermobility is, by all accounts, mild, and we’re able to properly manage it,” Georgina said. “Because his skin is more delicate than it should be, he cries a lot, especially around his neck and head.”
“We constantly chastise him for scratching or slashing his nails to reduce the risk of damage, and you can see he just thinks, ‘I can deal with myself.’”
“He looks for Quinton to help him clean himself so that Quinton would lick his face and head, particularly any cuts.”
Toby’s owners try to restrict him from jumping up and down from high locations by limiting the weight on his joints.
“We constantly chastise him for scratching or slashing his nails to reduce the risk of damage, and you can see he just thinks to himself, ‘disregard me, I can handle myself.’” Despite the fact that he needs a little more more attention, Georgina and Christopher are happy with Toby and his brother Quinton.
Toby, aside from his illness, is a typical feline. Bird gazing, bouncy ball play, and cuddling with his owners are among his favorite pastimes. Georgina explained, “He loves belly massages and will plonk himself next to you and gaze at you, waiting for you to stroke his tummy.”
“It doesn’t take much to love them, and regardless of what makes them ‘special needs,’ they are still beautiful creatures with great personalities, likes, and dislikes, and the potential to love you back.”
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