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    • 25 Aug, 2016

    Inspirational Disabled Cats Search for Loving Owners

    Despite being disabled and homeless, inspirational felines Flintstone, Manuel, Lollipop and Julius have never given up hope, and are patiently waiting for their loving forever homes.

    At The Mayhew we are always amazed by how adaptable our rescue pets can be when dealing with difficult set-backs in their lives. Even though Flintstone and Manuel only have three legs, Julius is missing two toes and Lollipop has a limb deformity, these cats have never let their disabilities get in the way and are hoping to find their happily ever after soon.

    Manuel’s story

    When our Animal Welfare Officers first discovered eleven-month-old Manuel, he was scared, timid and his right back leg was completely broken.

    Our Officers were first alerted to Manuel when they received a call from a member of the public concerned about a stray cat who was visiting her house in Hammersmith and appeared to have a broken leg.

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    Straight away our Officers could tell his leg was very badly broken, which he had no use of and was almost hanging off. They immediately brought Manuel back to our Home where our Vet Team could give him a thorough examination and begin surgery.

    Unfortunately our Vet Team discovered that Manuel’s leg was completely broken through and was too far gone to save, and had to make the difficult decision to amputate the leg.

    Our Head Vet, Dr Ursula Goetz, said: “After examination, we discovered that Manuel’s leg had an old fracture, which we suspect he had been walking on for about two to three weeks. Sadly there was nothing we could do to save Manuel’s leg and we had to amputate.”


    “Since recovering, Manuel has coped really well with walking on three legs and his disability doesn’t seem to bother him at all. Cats can be amazing at adapting to deal with their disabilities and three-legged felines can still live happy and fulfilling lives.”

    Manuel has now fully recovered from his operation, has been neutered and vaccinated and is ready to find the home of his dreams. This adorable fluffy black and white boy, is a calm and sweet cat who loves to play with his toys on a string and just wants someone who can shower him with TLC.

    Adopt Manuel here.

    Lollipop’s story

    Gorgeous one-year-old tabby Lollipop was born with a limb deformity in her back legs, which she is able to walk on easily and painlessly.

    Lollipop came into The Mayhew in June 2016 after a member of the public contacted our Animal Welfare Officers to say that they had found a stray cat in their back garden.


    When our Officers first saw Lollipop, she was skinny and walking oddly on her tiptoes. It looked as if her spine was curved and she couldn’t put any weight on her back legs.

    Our Officers brought Lollipop back to our Home straight away where our Vet Team could give her a full examination.

    Our Vet, Dr Áine Macguire, said: “From her physical examination and x-rays, it seems Lollipop has a condition where she cannot flex her hindlimbs. This could be a neurological or musculoskeletal disorder, most likely from birth or from a trauma.”


    “She did not seem to be in any pain from examination and seems to be managing very well with walking, and can even get up and down steps.”

    Despite her disabilities and set-backs in life, this hasn’t stopped Lollipop from being a happy, purring cat that lives life to the full.  Lollipop is such a sweet-natured and loving girl who will make great companion.

    Adopt Lollipop here.

    Flintstone’s story

    Sadly Flintstone didn’t have the best start to life after being born with three legs and abandoned, ironically, in a bag for life with his brother and sister.

    Three-month-old Flintstone first arrived at The Mayhew after a member of the public found him and his siblings, Freddie and Wilma, abandoned in West London in a fabric bag for life. They brought the kittens straight into our Home, where our Vet Team could get to work giving them a thorough examination.


    Thankfully our Vets found that all three kittens were in a healthy condition, other than being of course, a little scared. They also discovered that Flintstone was missing his front right leg, which they suspect he had been born without.

    Despite his disability, cute tabby Flintstone gets around easily and is still able to do all the things normal kittens can like running, playing and jumping.

    As soon as they were ready for adoption, both Freddie and Wilma found loving homes. Flintstone is a typical, fun-loving kitten who enjoys running about and playing – and is now looking for a “home for life” with someone who can make him say, “Yabba Dabba Doo!”

    *Update: We are pleased to announce that Flintstone has now found his home for life.

    Julius’ story

    Friendly two-year-old Julius was born missing two toes off his front paws.

    When this adorable cat first came into our Home after his previous owner was sadly too poorly to care for him, our staff noticed that he was missing one toe off each front paw. Most normal cats have a total of 18 toes, with five toes on each front paw and four toes on each back paw – but Julius has just 16.


    Despite this though, Julius gets around just fine and can walk, jump and run like most normal cats.

    Our Cat Welfare Coordinator, Georgina Disney, said: “Cats paws are amazing and are essential for allowing them to run, jump, communicate and survive in the world. Unfortunately Julius was born without two toes on his front paws, but he gets around just fine and most people wouldn’t even notice.”


    Julius is truly one “pawesome” cat who’s friendly, loves to sit on laps and now wants to find that special someone to give him the love and affection he deserves.

    Adopt Julius here.

    If you’re interested in adopting one of these cats then please visit our website here or call us on 020 8962 8000. If you are not ready to adopt, please consider a donation to help us look after and rehome more special cats like Manuel, Lollipop, Flintstone and Julius.

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