I was in Petco today, a place where I find myself once a month, to stock up on Greenies for my bad-breath cat, Jinx, and to look at the cats available for adoption from the local SPCA. I grabbed a couple unplanned items as well… some gourmet Duck Pate canned cat food as a treat for my fur-babies, and Star Wars collar for my former cat Oliver, who now lives with my Ex.
As usual, there were a lot of dogs shopping with their humans in Petco… in fact, more than I’d ever seen in a single day! But when I actually was standing in the checkout line, I noticed the most amazing sight behind me: a young couple with a black cat in the child seat of their shopping cart! The feline wore no harness or any restraints. He was just completely chill on a blanket, while his humans checked out at the register.
“Did you just adopt him here today?” I had to ask.
“Yes!” the girl said, bubbling over with excitement. “Would you like to pet him?”
Of course I did! The newly adopted kitty was mellow and friendly as I stroked his ebony fur.
“He’s deaf,” the girl told me, without a trace of sorrow in her voice.
“Really?!?” I’d met blind cats before, but never a deaf one.
The young lady and her boyfriend proved their point by calling to the cat and snapping their fingers by his ears. No reaction from the kitty.
I was delighted to see that they were purchasing a laser toy and a cat “condo” with dangly fuzzballs on strings hanging from its upper tiers. Good visual stimulation for a deaf cat.
I thanked the couple for adopting a Special Needs Cat before I left the store. Not to mention it was a Black Cat… They have a 50% less chance of being adopted than colorful kitties.
I didn’t think to take a picture of their handsome boy, so here’s one of my black cat, Jinx, and one of my “Special Needs” boy, Milo, who has an eye disorder.
God bless this kind young couple for making a deaf black cat a new member of their family!