The ARLGP provides care and shelter to animals that have a variety of medical and lifestyle needs. With our feline guests, we see a variety of conditions that require an adopter who is willing to provide the lifestyle and environment for the feline to thrive in, to be happy and healthy.
The ARLGP was recently awarded a grant from the ASPCA to encourage, educate and promote the adoption of special needs felines. We are grateful for this funding and will hold a series of education and adoption events for these fantastic felines.
Friday, September 26th through Sunday, September 28th we will be waiving adoption fees on all special needs felines at the ARLGP. We hope our community will take this opportunity to learn more about these super cats and to consider providing a home to a kitty in need.
Special needs conditions can include diabetes, feline lower urinary tract disease, FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus), special diets, hyperthyroid and seniors. These conditions can be easily regulated with environment, routine and medication (if needed). Providing a home to a feline with special needs is a generous and loving act, which is often repaid with affection and companionship. There are generally no overwhelming medical expenses associated with owning a special needs cat. Yearly check-ups with a veterinarian and occasional medication are required (depending on the condition).
Learn about the different types of special needs felines we care for at the ARLGP:
There are two types of diabetic cats: insulin dependent and non-insulin dependent. ?Diabetes can be easily managed with proper care and nutrition. Non-insulin dependent cats are regulated by diet and do not require daily insulin injections. These cats usually do well with a carefully followed diet and may only need their glucose checked periodically to ensure that their diet plan is successful. Insulin-dependent diabetics require injections of insulin to manage their diabetes. Injections are usually very easy to administer. Your veterinarian will form a treatment plan with you and prescribe your feline to the proper insulin.
FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
FIV is a feline-specific virus, and cannot by transmitted to humans or other species. There is little to no additional medical expenses for providing a home to an FIV cat. Cats with FIV can live as long as non-FIV cats, and are as happy and healthy in all aspects of life.
FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease)
FLUTD cats have medical conditions associated with their urinary tract health. These cats are prone to stress which can result in urinary issues. FLUTD cats often just need a change in their environment to regain urinary health. Simple changes can greatly impact the stress levels of cats. We’ve found that providing a clean litter box in a quiet and private location, that is easily accessible to the cat, is most helpful. FLUTD cats often need an increase of water in their diet, often placing them on a strict wet food diet or a prescription diet will aid their bladder health.
Cats over the age of 10 fall into the senior category. It is not uncommon for senior cats to exhibit energy and youthful behaviors like their younger counterparts. Senior cats have lots of love and affection to give to their companions, and are at a great place in life to settle down. Seniors are very easy to care for, and enjoy a nice sunny spot to nap in and the companionship of their people.
Some felines have special dietary requirements. Conditions requiring a special diet can include diets to improve kidney function, hypo-allergenic diets for food allergies, and diets to prevent urinary crystals. Special diet cats live long and healthy lives if their treatment plan is followed. Special food is prescribed for special diet cats that will improve their condition and maintain their healthy lifestyle. Occasional check-ups with a veterinarian will ensure that the diet plan has continuous success.
Cats with hyperthyroidism have an increased production of thyroid hormones. Clinical signs of hyperthyroidism can include weight loss, increased appetite, and increased thirst and urination. Hyperthyroidism may also cause vomiting, diarrhea, and hyperactivity. Hyperthyroidism is a very common thing for cats to develop later in their life. It is easily treated with inexpensive, oral medication. Once the thyroid is regulated cats do very well as long as their medication is followed. There is minimal follow up when the thyroid is regulated. Your veterinarian may want to check the thyroid periodically with a simple blood test to ensure that the medication dose is correct.
“Here is Crosby! He is the sweetest, most precious, loving being and we are grateful every day that he came into our family. I would consider him to be our “Therapy Cat.” He is so sweet with everyone. My two-year-old grandson is in love with him, and Crosby is so gentle and loving.” -Judy T.
Our Felines with Special Powers fee-waiver events are generously funded through a grant awarded to the ARLGP by the ASPCA. Please join us in thanking the ASPCA for promoting adoption of animals with special needs.