“I just kept thinking about all the animals that might only have five months left and would spend the whole of that time in a shelter.”
Georgina and her husband Christopher are adorable to cats so they wanted to open their home up to cats who would typically get overlooked at a shelter. Their first cat was 16-year-old Herbie, a sweet senior cat who loved cuddles and naps.
Unfortunately, Herbie died just five months after being adopted but the cat made a huge influence on the couple. They knew they wanted to help more cats like Herbie. Said Georgia “So we decided we would look for an extra special cat that might take a little longer to find a home.”
While searching online in October 2018, Georgina spotted Toby and Quinton, a pair of bonded cats who needed to find a home together. “I saw them on the RSPCA website and fell in love with their sweet little faces,” says Georgina.
Quinton was seven years old and missing all his teeth, and six-year-old Toby had Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. This rare condition causes animals to have loose, stretchy, and very fragile skin. “They were both terrified and huddled right at the back,” said Georgina. “Toby just hid behind Quinton the whole time, trembling.”
The couple headed over to the shelter to meet the cats. They were both a bit skittish when Georgina first met them, and they hid in the back of their kennel. Eventually, Quinton came forward and let Georgina pet him. But Toby stayed in the back of the kennel, still nervous around these new people.
Georgina and Christopher decided to take a chance of these skittish cats, and it ended up working out well! However, she and Christopher were confident they were up for challenge of caring for the exceptionally nervous special needs feline, so they adopted Toby and his brother Quinton.
Toby and Quinton love spending time together. Since Toby gets injured so easily, Quinton is always gentle when he plays with him. “Toby and Quinton are inseparable and Quinton tries to clean up Toby’s face when possible,” says Georgina, “and when they play, Quinton knows to keep his claws retracted.”
Toby’s EDS does cause a few other issues. Since his skin is so loose, his stomach hangs down to his knees. Georgia and Christopher worry that the weight of the extra skin might affect his health later on in life.
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