When we welcome a cat into our family we hope and believe that things turn out always fine. But what if serious problems arise? Then the question is how to care for and love a handicapped cat. The handicap will change your relationship, there are things to learn for you as a cat owner and you need more time and awareness than for a “normal” cat which pretty much can care for itself.
Challenges are not necessarily bad
So, even if you have to spend more time for your handicapped kitty, probably also more money – it depends on the type of handicap – and you have to learn more and more, you will gain a treasure. The treasure of LOVE which your kitty will show for you, although often not right away and seldom during the time of the treatments if they are impacting the natural ways of behavior of cats.
The story of Adolfo – and why neutering is the better choice
I had a cat, black and white with moustache who was called Adolfo. He was sort of a wild cat, not neutered and very rarely ready to be stroked. He was absent from home
often and for days – until one day he came home and behaved in an unusual way, coming near to me, pushing my feed and other moves as if he wanted to tell me something.
And then I noticed: one of his legs was swollen and liquid came out of a small hole in his fur. What to do? Sure, to the vet! But how to get the half wild cat into the transport basket? Although Adolfo wanted to be helped it took me many drops of Valium to finally get him into the basket and to the vet.
At home again, as long as he hurt, he kept staying near to me and even allowed me to give him the medication. Those were beautiful days of a close relationship, I could feel the connection and love he had for me. Then, healthy again, he went back to his usual life as a non-neutered cat.
Every time Adolfo had a problem, he came home and wanted to be healed by me – and every time, afterwards, the call of his Tomcat nature was stronger than the relationship we had. This was a very strong reason for neutering future male cats. Otherwise the relationship is lost, and -after all – the neutered cats can enjoy life in a different way without this overly strong drive which causes them all sorts of problems and dangers.
Temporary and permanent handicaps
Adolf’s story was about a temporary handicap, while blindness, deafness, the loss of limbs or chronic illnesses are permanent and need to be faced with some long term strategy. You will find relative stories and tips in this site, too.