Georgina Price and her future husband, Christopher Lardner, experienced the joy of adopting their first rescue cat, an elderly feline named Herbie. However, their happiness was short-lived as Herbie’s health deteriorated, and he passed away within a few months. Despite their brief time together, the couple was deeply saddened by the loss. Nevertheless, this heartbreak did not deter them from considering a new addition to their family.
Georgina shared her contemplation about the unfortunate abandoned animals that might have a mere five months remaining in their lives, compelled to spend that entire period confined within a shelter. With a compassionate resolve, she and her companions made a firm decision to search for a remarkably unique cat that might require a bit more time to find its forever home.
Georgina discovered Toby and Quinton while casually browsing the internet. According to Georgina, she stumbled upon these charming felines on the RSPCA website, where they were in search of a loving home. Quinton, a black and white cat who was 7 years old, had the unique characteristic of being toothless. On the other hand, Toby, a 6-year-old short-haired cat, had an abundance of loose skin. What made these two cats even more special was their bond. The RSPCA had made a point of advertising them as a pair, and Georgina and her partner knew that adopting both cats would be the perfect outcome, allowing them to shower love and care on not just one, but two adorable furry companions.
Georgina made a surprising discovery about Toby – he had been diagnosed with a rare condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), also known as feline cutaneous asthenia (FCA). This genetic disorder results in abnormally stretchy, delicate, and loose skin, all caused by a deficiency of collagen. “Toby introduced us to something completely new to us,” Georgina shared, as they had never come across this condition before encountering Toby.
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Georgina and Christopher paid a visit to the adorable pair residing in a specialized unit at the RSPCA. This cozy space was meant to provide comfort for the duo. Upon arrival, they noticed that both animals were overwhelmed with fear, seeking solace at the farthest corner. Toby, in particular, clung to Quinton, constantly trembling in fright.
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Georgina found it easy to affectionately stroke Quinton, but Toby proved to be more challenging as he was extremely timid. Despite the difficulties, Georgina, along with Christopher, believed they were more than capable of providing the care and attention needed for these special felines, and thus decided to adopt both Toby and Quinton.
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It took some time for Toby and Quinton to adjust to their new surroundings and find inner tranquility. “Initially, they were quite fearful and sought refuge under the bed for several weeks. However, with enough nourishment and affection, they gradually ventured out,” Georgina shared. “Now, they rule the roost. They do as they please and display a touch of indignation if you happen to disturb their slumber on the bed by switching on the lights.”
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Toby’s skin elasticity condition, known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, makes him vulnerable to injuries even during his simple grooming sessions or playful moments with Quinton. “He doesn’t seem to be bothered by it. Our main concern is ensuring his safety and cleaning his wounds (which he really dislikes).”
Due to Toby’s condition, his stomach hangs down to his knees, which worries Georgina and Christopher. They are concerned about the potential impact this extra skin weight might have on his long-term health, such as potential joint issues that could arise from the added pressure.
“We’re really fortunate that his hypermobility condition appears to be quite mild, and we’ve found effective ways to handle it,” Georgina explained. “His skin is simply more delicate than usual, so he tends to get frequent tears, particularly around his neck and head.”
“We’re constantly reminding him not to scratch or trim his nails too short, in order to minimize the risk of getting injured. But he always seems to have this independent mindset, as if he’s saying ‘leave me be, I can take care of myself.'”
“Interestingly, he seeks out Quinton for assistance in cleaning himself, and Quinton is more than happy to oblige by licking his face and head, especially around any cuts he might have.”
Giving credit to tummyandgummy for the image, Toby’s owners are committed to reducing the strain on his joints by discouraging him from leaping from high surfaces. With the intention of preventing injuries, they regularly scold him for scratching and keep his nails trimmed. Despite Toby needing additional attention, Georgina and Christopher express their utmost contentment with the presence of Toby and his sibling Quinton.
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Apart from his health condition, Toby is like any other ordinary feline. He finds pleasure in observing birds, engaging with bouncy balls, and cuddling up with his human companions. Georgina shared, “He adores belly rubs and will position himself beside you, giving you a longing gaze, eagerly waiting for that soothing stroke on his tummy.”
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In an effort to spread awareness about Toby’s unique condition, the woman is determined to inspire more individuals to adopt special needs cats. She emphasizes that loving them requires no extra effort, and despite their challenges, these animals possess their own incredible personalities, preferences, and capacity to reciprocate affection.
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