Oswald's Story

Why did you decide to rescue?

I rescued my previous Siamese from Los Angeles when I moved down there. She passed away last year and I was kicking around the idea of another cat.

Please tell us your story with rescuing. 

I went looking for dogs with a friend and when I met Oswald, his disability was too adorable to pass up. I knew that my big house and safe yard would be perfect for him and his condition.  After I decided to rescue Oswald is when I heard he was found with 3 siblings under a dumpster. That made me feel even better that I chose to give him a new life.

What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?

My only fear was that my dog Samantha would think he was one of the neighbor cats and chase him. I have trust in her and (as you can see from Instagram) they are best buddies now. If Oswald was to run in the beginning Sam would have definitely chased him, but he wasn't afraid of her one bit. He always walked around like she wasn't there, almost blind to him. It was meant to be, they sleep together every night, dog and cat.

Would you rescue again?

Absolutely.

What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is?

The bond I feel with all my animals.

What makes Oswald special and please tell us about his disability.

Oswald is only 6 months old so I still have a lot to learn from him. In the short time I've had him I love his innocence and curiosity the most. Because he doesn't know this world he charges head first into anything he deems interesting, often times literally, haha. Because of his disability he seems less concerned with consequences and more intrigued with the things he encounters. I admire this the most because without fear he's able to experience so much and enjoy things for what they are. He is already friends with 7 of the dogs in the area. Samantha has been a blessing for him too. Anytime a dog gets too close or Sam feels concerned, she steps right in and makes the dog (or cat) back away. It's like something of a Disney film. 
About his disability, I had never heard of it before I met him. But I've since learned a lot. Using the hashtag #chkitty (or similar) on Instagram will show you the different extremes the illness has. Oswald's is very mild. He has a brain disorder called Cerebellar Hypoplasia or CH. He, as with all cats, was born with it.  CH is the underdevelopment of the cerebellum during pregnancy. The cerebellum has the same purpose for cats as humans. It controls the involuntary movements he uses in daily life. That's why walking is hard for him whereas you and I just stand up and walk around with no thought of it. It does not cause him pain nor will it get worse. Basically he will be "drunk" all his fun life. And that's what makes him so fun to watch. And love.

What would you like everyone to know about this topic?

Don't be afraid to rescue, the doubt you feel is not the animal's fault, it is your own and if you doubt, you have to change, don't punish the animal by returning it or not even attempting to rescue in the first place. We only live once, take chances and be rewarded.

Follow sweet Oswald along on Instagram @oswald_the_special_needs_kitty 


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