Meow! My name is Hippo
|Breed:||Domestic Shorthair||Color:||Black (All)||Age:||Young|
I am already spayed, a special needs pet, up to date with shots, not good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.
Hippo is a very special kitty with funny, curly whiskers and a sassy personality. She's also special because she was born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), which means her cerebellum is underdeveloped. Most likely, her momma had distemper when she was pregnant with Hippo and it affected her growth. For kitties with CH, it can be challenging to walk, eat, or use a litter box; however, Hippo, like many CH kitties, has learned to do all of these things very well, working around her disability.
Though she wobbles and falls down at times, Hippo always gets back up and tries again. She makes it to her litter box every time. She's able to eat and drink on her own and gets around like a champ. However, unlike other kitties, she cannot jump up on a couch or counters. Instead, she comes up to you and politely asks to sit by your side.
Hippo does best on carpeting, as this gives her more traction to walk around. However, her foster has hardwood floors and she has adapted to walking on them. She cannot go up and down stairs and would need a baby gate or door to block off stairways. She shouldn't be left alone on high furniture unsupervised, in case she would try to get down on her own.
Hippo loves absolutely everyone and has no problem showing it. She loves to cuddle but she takes a few days to warm up to new places, people, and pets. She loves to play with interactive toys, adores the sound of bells, and can chase balls and other kitty tails just as well as other kitties (with some wobbling and falling, of course). She would make a perfect addition to any family. Although, small children may not be ideal and all children would need to be well-educated about her needs. Is your home the perfect place for a special girl like Hippo? approx DOB April 2012
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Tenth Life is an animal welfare organization that provides another chance at life to injured and abused stray cats. Our focus is on felines with extreme medical needs or ongoing conditions that make it difficult for typical shelters to afford their care.
Stage one of our mission is getting needy cats off the streets of St. Louis and into caring Foster Homes, where they await their forever homes. Stage two´s goal is to open a shelter building that will house special-needs kitties in a cage-free, no-kill setting until they can be carefully placed in their forever homes.
Please visit our website, www.tenthlifecats.org
All potential adopters are required to complete a comprehensive application and interview, and will need to supply proper identification, as well as personal and veterinary references. Our adoption fee is $100 for kittens 6 months or younger, and $75 for any cat over six months of age. Our fee includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccines to-date of adoption, and a microchip. Once approved, all adopters are required to sign an adoption contract.
Tenth Life serves needy homeless cats in the St. Louis area, offering them much-needed medical care, love, and finding them permanent, loving homes.