Last week I shared some photos and told you about FFRC, the rescue center where I found my cat Ming, but I didn’t tell you much about Ming. This week I’m sharing his story.
This is what Jacci (the woman who runs the center) had to say about Ming soon after he came in.
Ming–a wonderful cat, but with many problems.
Who knows what happened to him before his arrival. My first thought when he arrived was that he was “put together incorrectly”. His eyes are very deep seated and very narrow on his face. He’s a crypt cat–meaning one of his testicles was retained (this does happen, but another aspect of his physical build), his hips are not correctly placed which means his legs and feet (rear) are at 90 degree angles to his body. His tail has two severe malformations in it. It very much appears that he is “lost in his thoughts”. This was again evidenced yesterday while Dr. Darcy and I was observing him. If a blind cat gets in a corner, they figure it out pretty quickly how to move out of the corner. A cat with brain trauma has more problems–there’s a constant back and forth, simply moving within the corner and having a hard time exiting it. It took him 6-7 minutes several different times yesterday to get out of the corner. He also constantly paces–having a hard time settling down. Only once have we seen him bat at a toy, sometimes he lays down only to immediately get up again. It appears that he has trouble “settling”. When he’s awake, it’s a constant pacing for him–another indicator of brain trauma. He seems to be “within himself, in his own world”. Dr. Darcy believes these things are all related and to a cerebrum trauma (not a cerebellar problems like the CH cats–it’s completely different). This morning he purred and kneaded! He also is painfully thin with no appetite. He does try to eat now, but it takes him so very very long to eat just a little. It’s like his desire for food is not there. This also, according to Dr. Darcy can be from brain trauma–the signal for hunger is not there. So…..what does this all mean? We’re not sure, other than we love him and want him to be happy in his own world. Time will tell–it’s not thought there will be much improvement, we just don’t want any progression of this. We’ll love him and help him.
As you can tell it didn’t sound like there was much hope for my boy but what a difference a year and a half makes. He really shows no sign of his brain trauma anymore, although he can see, his vision is limited and he will always be knock knee’d. It just adds to his charm.
He is loved by so many people, and when I call him King Ming, it’s because he really is…no..really, he is. They had a Catapalooza fundraiser for the center, and the cats with the most donations for their story got to be King and Queen, my sweet Ming was crowned King that day. I’ve been overwhelmed with just how many people love and want to know how Ming is. I think people connect with him because they saw all the things he overcame, to become the beautiful, loving boy he is today. It makes me happy knowing his story brings hope to others and makes them happy.
Here is Ming a few days after he was brought to the center. Photo credit to FFRC
The King’s Coronation with Queen Zelda
My beautiful boy today