Freddie Weasley was one of the sweetest kittens we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. People were put off from adopting him when they found out he was deaf. There are all sorts of stories about deaf cats- that they are crabby, ill tempered, violent, aggressive and anti-social. We used a fact sheet from the Cat Protection Society as part of our learning about deaf cats, and the key point was finding a way to communicate. A big reason that deaf cats can be seen as grumpy or aggressive is that they aren't aware people are coming up behind them until they are actually touching them. It's therefore not surprising that they would get a bit of a fright. By doing simple things like tapping the couch next to them when they are resting they can feel the vibrations and know that someone is there.
We gave the factsheet to Freddie's new dad when he came looking for an indoor cat to be his buddy while he worked from home. He has used the fact sheet and then expanded on it and has developed a fantastic relationship with his kitty. For example, he calls Freddie for dinner by flashing the kitchen light three times. Freddie's mum and dad are so happy with Freddie that when they decide to bring another cat into their family they have decided they will only adopt a deaf cat.
We know most of the visitors who come to our blog are not from Sydney, but we thought we would follow the example of our friends at Fuzzy Tales and put some names out into the universe. These kitties are from the Cat Protection Society , the wonderful organisation we fostered Henry, Lottie and Alice Darling and Barney and Dino Rubble for.
This is Hayden. He was abandoned when his family moved out of their home and left him behind. He is a black cat, and at 5 years old some people think he is too old. As he has trust issues and startles easily, he is not very suited to a family with children. He needs a calm patient family who will help him to come out of his shell and respect his boundaries.
Calamity is a 7 year old ginger and white girl. She came to the Society when her family moved into pet-unfriendly housing and had trouble with allergies. Calamity is blind in one eye. She would prefer not to live with another cat, but likes children who have good cat manners. She is an affectionate, playful ladycat. Hayden, Calamity and a host of other cats and kittens are available for adoption from the Cat Protection Society Adoption Centre at 103 Enmore Road, Newtown, Sydney.