Zammie has been with us since January 2010. He was dumped at a pet store with injuries to his neck. They called us and we took him in. At first it looked like he had a collar that had embedded into his skin and he looked like he had gastric bypass and had lost 50 pounds in a short time because of all this extra skin he had. He received medical treatment for his wounds, testing, vaxes, etc. And we thought all was well.
But after a short time, Zammie had to go to the vet and get stitches because the skin was split all the way through and we thought maybe the other foster in the house had hurt him and they were seperated. But then it happened again. The whole house was scrutinized to make sure there was nothing sharp that he could've caught himself on - and there wasn't. But then it happened again and he went to a vet who specializes in the "unusual"! After several examinations and consultants, Zammie was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) - which means his skin was extremely fragile and hyper-extensible (super stretchy).
We tried to keep his claws clipped very short and filed, but if he scratched himself, he would split the skin through and need stitches again. It was then determined that Zammie had to be four-paw declawed. That was not a decision that was made lightly as we do not believe in declawing. But with Zammie it was a medical necessity or he would spend the rest of his life going back and forth to the vet many times monthly getting stitches and wearing an e-collar and his quality of life would be horrible - that is not rescue. We researched, the vet researched, and it came down to Zammie had to be 4-paw declawed or euthanized. We went with the 4-paw declaw. Since his declawing in May 2010, he has done great. No more stitches needed, no more constant visits to the vet and wearing an e-collar (which Zammie truly hated). And at his exam this year, he was given a clean bill of health.
Zammie could only be adopted to a family with no other pets. And he could not be adopted to a house with rough surfaces such as a brick fireplace, etc. His special needs status scared off most people.
But early this week we received an application and they were interested in Zammie. We called and talked with her about his condition and she met him Thursday at his foster mom's house and learned more about his condition. The subject line of email we received after the meet and greet was "I love, love, love Zammie" and wanted to schedule the adoption as soon as possible. Honestly, it was very hard not to fall in love with this boy! He has the cutest little button tail - he is a rumpy manx - no cartilage in his tail, just a little cotton ball fluff of fur. He had a double and triple chins due to his EDS and had a belly that hung to the ground. Seriously - how could you not love all that?!?!
Zammie went to his forever home today. Wooooooohooooo!! He is going to be so spoiled rotten. Thank you. You have gotten a great cat and he has gotten a great family.