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The Right Kitty for Kathy

A friend had asked me what type of cat would be suitable for her 70-something mom, let's call her Kathy, who has a disability. Kathy requires the aid of a walker, and when fatigued, she uses a wheelchair. Before I could answer, I thought it best to meet with her and find out what her needs were.

Kathy is an inspiring person. Her disability in no way curtails her ability to pursue her many interests. Since limited mobility is the big issue, it became clear that a more relaxed cat who had already been trained to use a litter box and a scratching post would be suitable. I can't tell you how much time I've spent on the floor training cats!

As luck would have it, a sweet calico cat that fit the bill was available at the rescue. So Kathy wouldn't have to squat down to clean the litter box, we positioned it on the counter in the laundry room. My friend has also volunteered to drive them both for vet visits and help out if needed. It sometimes take a village for pet parents too.

The two are a perfect match. When I left them, the calico had already hopped onto Kathy's lap as she sat in her wheelchair and was enjoying the ride.