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Cat With Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Finally Finds Forever Home!

Herbie, the 16-year-old feline was adopted by Georgina Price and her fiance Christopher Lardner. Unfortunately, Herbie was near the end of his journey.

The poor fur baby died just months later. The couple were heartbroken by his passing.

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.”

Georgina came across Toby and Quinton one day when browsing the web.

She added:

“We found them on the RSPCA website when they were looking for a home”

Quinton, a 7-year-old black and white cat, was missing all of his teeth and Toby, a 6-year-old short-haired feline, had a lot of loose skin.

“They’re a bonded pair, the RSPCA advertised them together. And we thought if we can help two cats rather than one, then that’s the best possible outcome.”

Toby had been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a congenital condition that can cause very stretchy, loose and fragile skin and Georgina finally found out about it.

“We’d never heard of it before we found Toby,” Georgina said.

Georgina and Christopher visited the duo and revealed:

“They were both terrified and huddled right at the back. Toby just hid behind Quinton the whole time, trembling.”

Quinton was happy to get some fuss from Georgia, but she couldn’t touch Toby because he was just too scared.

Christopher and Georgia were still confident they were ready to take good care of the nervous special needs feline which led them to adopt both.

Georgina explained:

“They were just so scared and were living under the bed for weeks but food and love eventually got them out”

“And Now they own the place. They just do whatever they want and act mad when you turn the light on if they’re asleep on the bed or something.”

Sadly, Toby’s delicate skin condition makes him prone to injury even when he’s simply grooming himself or playing with Quinton.

“He seems oblivious to it. His biggest problem is probably us trying to make sure he doesn’t get hurt or cleaning his wounds (he hates that).”

Toby’s stomach hangs down to his knees.

Georgina added:

“We’re very lucky that his condition seems to be mild and we manage it very easily,”

“His skin is just weaker than it should be so he gets lots of tears, especially around his neck and head.”

“We’re always telling him off for scratching or cutting his nails to reduce the chance of injury and you can see he just thinks ‘leave me alone, I can take care of myself.’”

“He seeks Quinton out to help him clean himself so Quinton will lick his face and head, particularly any cuts.”

Toby’s owners try to prevent him from jumping up or down from high places. They added:

“We’re always telling him off for scratching or cutting his nails to reduce the chance of injury and you can see he just thinks ‘leave me alone, I can take care of myself.’”

Georgina added:

“He loves belly rubs and will plop himself next to you and look at you, waiting for you to rub his belly”

Toby’s story will definitely raise awareness about his rare condition and encourage more people to consider bringing special needs cats into their lives.

“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.”

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