There are three important birthdays in our house during the month of June! Khloee’s birthday is on the 1st, Joey’s is the 10th, and Matt’s is the 25th! Let’s be honest – the real celebrations are for Khloee and Joey 😉 If Khloee and Joey were people, they’d be the “I really don’t need a birthday party or any sort of celebration for that matter…” people. So instead, here’s a birthday post for my babies!
It was an ordinary Monday in 2012. After a long, tiring day, I walked into my local PetSmart dressed in my banker garb. I needed to pick up a few things for my cats, so I wandered over to the food aisle. “Maybe I’ll just peek at the cats up for adoption,” I thought to myself as I mingled over to the glass windows where cats were waiting for their forever families. And then I saw him. Curled up against the glass, there he was. “Cheetoh – 2 year old neutered male. Has been in foster care for a year after a good Samaritan picked up up off the street when he was being chased by a large dog. Shy at first but once he warms up, he loves to get cuddles and he likes to show you exactly where he wants to be petted.” As I stared longingly at this gorgeous, orange tabby, I noticed something different. His paws. His paws were…deformed. He had the sweetest face but he had a disability. My heart broke. I immediately thought to myself, “No one wants him because he’s different. If he’s still here in a week, I’m going to adopt him.” Cheetoh, now Joey, turns six in June 🙂
I’m in bed watching a movie. Joey is laying on his Armarkat kitty condo in front of the open window. It’s sunny and 74°. There’s a slight breeze. Joey’s sprawled over the top of the condo, his crazy paws resting in front of him. He’s chirping at the birds as he slowly closes his eyes with every burst of wind that picks up. Joey’s orange fur glistens in the sun as he goes for a big stretch. Joey is very special. I’ve never had a tabby cat in my life until 2012 when I adopted him. I didn’t think I’d ever have a disabled cat but I was lucky enough to find him!
I have 2 cats. Joey is my tabby cat. He will be 6 this year in June. Joey suffers from a rare disability called radial hypoplasia. His front legs are deformed and his paws are clubbed. Sadie is my calico cat. She will be 5 in December. Sadie is polydactyl – she has 2 extra toes on both of her front paws!