Thanks to the Tripawds Rescue Fund made possible by supporters like you, we were able to reimburse Tripawds member franchur for adopting another three legged cat in need. Read on for the story of Tripawd Rescue Francis…
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Q&A with #TripawdRescue Francis
How did you hear about the Tripawds Rescue Fund?
I stumbled across the Tripawds Rescue Fund through an article about three legged cats, and ways to support/welcome their new arrival!
Was there a special person or animal who made you want to adopt a Tripawd?
My sister was born autistic, so our family isn’t a stranger to special needs. I’ve found no difference between that of a three legged kitty, one with a missing ear, or your traditional house-cat. All are just as lovable with their own unique personalities.
Have you ever had a “special needs” animal before?
I adopted a rescue kitten about a year and a half back. As he grew, our vet and I discovered he has a hormonal imbalance and will occasionally develop bald patches. On top of that, he has been very prone to weight gain and lacks…gland control, if you will LOL. Raw diet and timed feeding has been our best friend.
How will you help your Tripawd live longer, healthier and injury-free on three-legs?
We’ve renovated his living space to be obstacle free, with as much open space on soft carpet to explore. Nothing is too high and we made sure there are no tripping-wires or sharp ledges that are available. We’ve also found a low entrance with scatter shield litter box for super easy hopping-access that will also prevent litter from ending up everywhere!
Has your perception of “special” needs changed since you adopted your Tripawd? If so, how?
In a way, yes! I used to not see the disability at all – only the cat. However, there is an important balance in that view. Now I’d say I understand the minor requirements that help make their life easier, without treating them as any less of a cat. :^)
What would you say to someone who is thinking of adopting a Tripawd cat or dog?
Animals already offer all that they are for their owners. Set aside any concerns, and allow said animals to show you their blossoming resilience as well. You’ll be surprised what they can teach you. I wouldn’t want to be loved any less, nor would a veteran soldier. Animals are no different in those regards.
~Chastity (aka: franchur)