DOB appx September 2008, DSH brown classic tabby (excellent markings). This is one of the few we were able to rush and pull from the Eau Gallie shelter on the red letter day, June 10, when everything not up for adoption or doing stray time was killed.
We rushed to pull what we could and we only got 1 litter of kittens and 2 adults. This is one of the adults, he had some awful diarrhea (ugh) and we first got him stabilized now on Life's Abundance. He was not able to eat anything else and we are pretty darn sure this is why the owner dumped him, the paperwork said "cat allergies" but she had him in her house 3 months, so that doesn't quite add up. He is much more comfortable now, and is eating Nutro, and completely stable.
He also has a little ataxia which is why we have him listed special needs. It seems he does not see very well, and his body is a little stiff (ataxia) so we are not sure what is up with that. He has already seen the vet who agrees, and there is really no explanation (yet) because ataxia is a neurologic condition. He has really large eyes, see in the picture!
Maurice is very even-tempered, he just goes with the flow! He gets along fine with other cats. He does not see well (only straight ahead) so he tends to reach for something and be about 3 inches shy of touching it. He plays with large shiny objects.
He also has the habit of leaning against your legs. He will follow your feet as your walk thru the house, since he can only see straight ahead, that is how he knows where you are! Note: tripping hazard....
We need to take him to the neurologist, and planned to, till Clara came along and broke her leg, so that took precedence. The vet visit for a neurologist in Brevard is $179, no discounts at all...and there's only one vet who can do this exam. Sigh. So, we went to the neurologist, it went up from $150 to $179 (ouch) for the exam only. Without an MRI there is no definitive reason yet for his eyesight limitations, or his ataxia, but the most common reason would be he was born this way (congenital). Usually in those cases the vets say the momcat had a virus of some sort that affected the babies in the womb.
The MRI is the best way to diagnose any of this, and it is $2200. Yep, two thousand, two hundred dollars. So, we will not be doing that without a fundraiser. At this point Maurice is stable and the neurologist asked us to put him on B Complex and Vitamin E, so those are simple things we can do (affordable!).
Maurice is adoptable, you just have to know his limitations of sight. He definitely IS a tripping hazard -- he cannot always see you, you have to keep an eye out for him -- so keep that in mind. But he is very sweet and loving, and always wants to be with you.
Maurice also loves to chew wires so we have had to replace some cables!
UPDATE: See Maurice's video. He is trying to play with the dog's tail and it's cute how he keeps missing and biting at his own paw. :)
Contact: Mona at firstname.lastname@example.org.