Friday, April 6, 2012

Urgent Help Needed: Neville the Kitten [UPDATED]

We were recently contacted by one of the board members of the Hancock Count Humane Society in Greenfield, Indiana, about a very special kitten named Neville that is having a hard time finding a home.  Because of his special needs, and the fact that the shelter is located in a smaller rural community and doesn’t see as much foot traffic as a larger city shelter, the odds of having the right person walk through their door are slim.  Neville’s difficult placement has also led the board to entertain the idea of euthanasia.  We want to do all that we can to promote this kitten to the rest of the world and try to find him a loving home as soon as possible.  Below is the info on this special guy directly from the board member’s email to us:
“{Neville] is about 6 months’ old, golden eyes, orange. A polydactyl, he has these big paws that make him look like he's wearing mittens all the time. A friendly guy, he likes to play and run (or hop) around.
Neville is a "rumpy" meaning he has a little, tiny bit of a tail but you wouldn't know it. (Polydactyl and rumpy is pretty rare). But this is where the problems start: rumpies have difficulty with pooping. (see the manx syndrome) Often there's neurological issues in that not all of the nerve endings work well enough to help them know when they have to go. Neville tries hard to go; sometimes he whines he's trying to so hard. But then he doesn't go and when he relaxes when he's not trying, little poo-duds will eventually find their way out onto the floor, his cage or wherever. When you clean his bottom, he pees...a lot. But he purrs the whole time and he's a lover-cat of epic proportions. 
Neville is a special little guy; he really loves human interaction and the more attention he gets, the more "normal" he becomes......”
We really feel that with some care and patience (and possibly some kitty diapers for a period of time) Neville would become much better about using the litter box at the right time.  We have seen some great videos of people caring for paralyzed kittens and cats, and they manage despite more substantial nerve damage (Please watch this amazing video some time and keep in mind that the kitties shown have much, much more nerve damage than Neville: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXsQc9OkJfw!) 
The shelter welcomes application from out of state to anyone who can be the hero for Neville.  Please visit the following web address for shelter contact information and to apply.
Here are some photos of Neville!


UPDATE:
May 2, 2012
Great news -- Neville has found a permanent home with a loving family in Florida.  He was picked up by his new "mom" and flew to his new place this week!  Thank you for helping!


23 comments:

  1. Oh Gosh, he is absolutely cuuuute!!♥♥♥

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  2. hes so precious I wish I had the means and the aprtment to take care of him :( I really hope he finds his home <3 <3

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  3. I can truly attest to Manx cats being SUPER awesome and Friendly. My manx is a rumpy as well, no tail at all but goes in the litterbox just fine. I will say that when he was a kitten there would be little "rabbit" size droppings sometimes on the floor. He is 3 now and every once in a blue moon i still find something somewhere (but it is never intentional on his part). I would NEVER in a million years trade my guy. Everyone who meets him loves him and wants to steal him. And the no tail thing...well that just makes him all the more special. He plays fetch, loves belly rubs... like a dog in cats body! I have read that Manx kitty's are very dog like and Scooter... he fits that to a T! I really hope someone gives this guy a chance, Manx cats are the best!!!

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  4. I can't find Neville anywhere on the petfinder site! Help!! I would love to get more information to see if he would be a good fit for my home!

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    1. here is the link they provided in the article to the shelter, good luck! http://members.petfinder.com/~IN34/index.html I posted the info above about my manx, Scooter. Manx kittys really are truly personable and great cats!

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    2. whenever I click on this link, or the one in the article, it takes me straight to hancock county human society, but I can't find info on Neville. I think Neville would make a great addition to my family and I don't want to miss him, and it is so encouraging to hear you have such success with your Manx!

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    3. OK! I found him! I emailed the shelter!! Thanks for your help Amberru!

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    4. Let us know what you find out Paige -- we would love to see him in a good home soon! Thank you!

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  5. Probiotics helped my "rumpy" cat

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  6. I hope Paige can adopt Neville! I have my limit of kitties but think he is the most adorable little guy! Good luck hon!!

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  7. it's unfortunate that, in this most unnatural world, a 'legitimate' decision for a poor little kitty who has poop problems is euthanasia :(

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  8. We found a kitten that I don't believe is Manx or rumpy but was very "elfin" looking. She had very short legs and a little turtle tail and was very delayed. She never meowed but would squeek a little. Her eyes were slow to blink or track a moving object. She never jumped or ran. She was constantly constipated! The vet gave her an enema and we brought her home. We continued to stimulate her digestion by gently massaging her belly in the right direction and wipe her tush with warm, damp, soft cotton balls. She was ok for 2 weeks then another enema was required, but since she was about 3-4 months old, no problems. She is3 now and adorable and loving and uses the box just fine. Maybe once a week we will give her a tiny bit of milk just she never has to strain! She was very delayed with jumping and normal cat behaviors. She is still small and a little funny looking but a real little lover! Good luck sweet Kitty!

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  9. Neville if my partner and I weren't allergic we would love to have you stay with us. I hope Paige will be able to adopt you.

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  10. Wow, poor Neville. He looks so adorable. I find it sad that a shelter would consider putting him down if 1 of its board members thought to reach out to you. I'm sure that with consistency & love he will make some1 a wonderful companion. I wish him good luck & hope that he may have found his furever home with Paige.

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  11. His paws are adorable...snow shoe feet!

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  12. Any adoption news for Neville yet?

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    1. Great news -- Neville has found a permanent home with a loving family in Florida. He was picked up by his new "mom" and flew to his new place this week!

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  13. OMGGGG!!! hes got two 6th toes. thats awesome!!! handsome as all hell too. i hope he finds a forever home.

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  14. why cant oskars' parents adopt him???

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    1. Great news -- Neville has found a permanent home with a loving family in Florida. He was picked up by his new "mom" and flew to his new place this week! I wish we could have taken him -- but we are almost out of room with two cats. We re planning on moving to a larger home, and perhaps there will be a third (or fourth) cat in the future.

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  15. It's been almost a month...how about an update on this cutie?

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    1. Great news -- Neville has found a permanent home with a loving family in Florida. He was picked up by his new "mom" and flew to his new place this week!

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