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Age: 8 Years   Sex: Male

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Quick Bio:
-disabled -cat rescue

August 1st 2008

Brown Tabby


Arrival Story:
I'm looking for ideas about finding a home for a wonderful cat that I am fostering. His name is Sparky and he is about 14 months old. I rescued him as a several month old kitten when he was found alone outside in a neighborhood where I work. He was a perfectly normal kitten for the first several weeks that I had him and I proceeded to look for a home for him. When I noticed that he was starting to have trouble walking and hanging his head, I called the woman (Anne) who runs the cat rescue that I volunteer with and she agreed to get vet care for him. Within 1 or 2 days he was paralyzed except for his head and his right front leg. He was in that condition for about 2 weeks. She kept him alive by hand feeding and giving fluids and of course, carrying him to the litter box and cleaning him up. She took him to 2 different vets and neither could figure out what was wrong with him. His symptoms were similar to toxoplasmosis but he did not have round worms. I believe he was medicated with strong antibiotics. He slowly regained use of his legs and began to move around on him own. He now could be described as a "wobbly" cat, though he is not as wobbly as most - just a bit klutzy. He runs around our house, plays with another adult cat and uses the stairs a lot (which I think has been good for his muscle development). The main problem he has been left with is neurological incontinence (my term for it). He forgets to get to the litter box till it's too late. He has been examined by a vet and is not physically incontinent. His brain is just not telling him when he should be in the litter box. I do not have a room or the right kind of floors to keep him here forever - we have lots of rugs and an unsealed basement floor (which is where his giant litter box is). He is such a wonderful cat. Very non-aggressive, so he gets along well with other cats. He's a bit shy when first meeting new people but quickly warms up to them. He'll be your best friend if food is involved. He was adopted through the rescue group called Cat Connection, but returned to them when his new family could not live with his problem. I have fostered him since his return from that home. He's been with me for about 7 months now. I'm hoping to find someone in this part of the country that is equipped to live with incontinent kitties and would open their home and heart to him. He would be so happy to be with playful cats his age! I am more than willing to transport him to another state if need be.

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