According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in the U.S., 3.2 million cats enter animal shelters every year. Of these, around 860,000 never find loving homes and are euthanised.
Out of the 1.6 million cats adopted, these two precious cats, Toby and Quinton, were lucky enough to find loving parents, Georgina Price, and her fiancé Christopher Lardner. After their previous rescue cat, Herbie, sadly passed away (at 16 years of age), they were ready to adopt again once they realised that their home in Stroud, England, was way too quiet without him.
This means that he suffers from a group of connective tissue disorders, which causes fragile, stretchy, and loose skin.
Speaking to Meow, Georgina said:
"I just kept thinking about all the animals that might only have five months left and would spend the whole of that time in a shelter. We decided we would look for an extra special cat that might take a little longer to find a home.”
Quinton is a 7-year-old fluffy white and black cat, who is missing all of his teeth, and Toby is a 6-year-old short-haired cat, with extremely loose skin.
When they turned up at the RSPCA, they found the two special needs cats huddled in the back of a special unit to separate them from the other animals.
The pair are inseparable.
A downside of Toby's EDS is that he is very prone to injury, even while cleaning himself. Quinton has learned this and cleans Toby's face for him, as well as keeping his claws retracted while the two play together.
Toby loves to watch birds, playing with bouncy balls, as well as cuddling in with his parents.
“He loves belly rubs and will plop himself next to you and look at you, waiting for you to rub his belly."
This is because EDS can cause joint problems, and his extra weight from his saggy skin might cause issues later in his life.
She also hopes that it encourages more people to adopt special needs cats.
“It doesn’t take any more to love them and despite whatever it is that may make them ‘special needs’, they are still beautiful animals with their own amazing personalities, likes, dislikes, and the ability to love you back.”