Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Notice something?

Notice something about this cat? That's right - she's three legged (her leg was amputated a month ago because of a birth defect, on the advise of a vet). She's currently being fostered and awaiting a permanent home, and watching her play it strikes me that what someone said is true, that animals do not pity themselves when they have disabilities or are in some way disadvantaged.

The other thing that strikes me is also perhaps that is what holds people back - we have an awareness of our short-comings/weaknesses and as a result we give up trying. Cats don't - and so they don't give up.



Anonymous yskat said...

I have similar observations. I have seen a number of handicapped/ill cats who always seem to be in incredibly good spirits. In contrast, many of the healthy, well-fed and well-homed human beings I know absolutely dread their lives.

31/10/07 10:37 AM  
Blogger lingcat said...

Hey, that's Hope! She is doing well. Thanks for the TLC!

31/10/07 12:05 PM  
Anonymous ace said...

not to be negative. but that same "strong spirit" also makes it difficult for us to see that somtimes they are actually in pain/sick when they do not look like it at all..

31/10/07 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some cats and dogs have a high tolerance to pain. If a cat is not able to sleep & is all hunched up for hours&hours, it could be in some pain...esp if it is not moving much. Once a cat is feeling better, activities resumes. Looking at the kitty, having fun is an apt description.

31/10/07 2:57 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

She's adorable :)

ace - my post wasn't so much about animals in pain, though I agree that they might have a higher threshold of pain (though studies seem to suggest they feel just as much pain but are just better at hiding it). What I meant was that in a case of a cat with a disability, which isn't 'painful', they don't seem affected by it - or rather they learn to cope very well. I think it's more that animals haven't learnt to pity themselves - that's a trait that only we humans have.

31/10/07 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read and watched on documentaries, that animals are generally able to cope very well with their disabilities. They just have this amazing way of getting over it somehow

31/10/07 7:31 PM  
Blogger Guttercat said...

Kupo's a tripod as well.

We found her limping around a Clementi coffeeshop; her left front leg's muscles were completely atrophied, with the top of the paw an open sore from constant abrasion. The vet said that the fracture probably resulted from a dog bite.

She used to be very playful & gregarious... but ever since the amputation, she became somewhat withdrawn, especially around humans. Though it's really cute when she wrestles with big fat Poison, a part of her old spirit shines through her shield of timidity.

4/11/07 3:24 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Poor Kupo - was she older when it was done?

4/11/07 12:06 PM  
Blogger Guttercat said...

She was an estimated 2~3 years old at the time of the amputation, & boy did she take to it badly.

For several nights after the op, she would suddenly stand up on her hind feet & wave about wildly, banging against the sides of the cage we placed her in for recovery.

It was a heart-wrenching period, to say the least.

5/11/07 12:51 AM  

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