Animals are very adaptable. Often even more than people realize. Some animals are born this way, some lose their sight, hearing, or even a limb to disease or injury. They will have a small adjustment period, but most pets do just fine.
Please tell us about your special pet and how their 'disability' enables them in other ways and how your life has been enriched, too. Sharing your story helps ease anxieties for those who are facing a similar change for their pet and create awareness for those considering adopting special needs or senior pets.
He had not had use if the limb for a long time but being pain free now, he wants to play with the other dogs, which he can and does. But he falls down often and tires too easy. He can't join us on fa…More
I don't know if Harley is an exception, but she acts as if she doesnt know she has only three legs. She runs faster than the other two cats, climbs on everything, and jumps with no problems. Some peo…More
I had been looking for an adult male cat with a gray coat. I'd also been looking to adopt a cat that would have trouble finding a home, like an older cat. I found Pi through a Craigslist ad. He was e…More
I've learned patience and perseverance. : ) I've learned that there are not hard and fast rules to treating a diabetic cat, and that you have to be flexible and try not to get frustrated. Jules has r…More
Buckley's disability was a "non-issue" for her - she didn't know the meaning of the word. After a while, I didn't notice it anymore, and I was always surprised when people asked about it. It was just…More
It took Lilly Grace no longer to get used to our home than any of the kitties we have adopted. Once she started to feel at home she not only came into her own, she became the alpha female of the home…More
Tillly taught me that her disability does not define her courage and will to live her life fully. She never whimpered or gave any indication of the pain that she endured with that horrible injury. I …More
It isn't always easy having a special needs pet. It was hard. I did not know what to do. I kept him separate from my other cat for about 2 years out of fear. I had quite the system of door openings a…More
Animals can handle such trauma a lot better than humans. Most of the time, I don't think Sasha even notices that her leg is gone. She is 15 but still acts like herself, hopping around, and sometimes …More