For those who don't know or don't remember, Evan's hind legs are paralyzed. This is the result of a coyote attack that killed Evan's mom-cat and litter mates when he was roughly 6 weeks old, not long before I met him.
Although I try to be socially acceptable and not spew doting praises about my furbabies every second that I'm out in public, I will happily discuss them when the opportunity arises. Needless to say, I am very proud of my boy Evan and how he handles his situation in life, which is why I always just write off the sad or pitiful looks that some family and friends send my way when hearing about my paralyzed cat. I am often asked questions like, "How does he get around?", "Can he play?", "Is he happy?" I sometimes wonder what people picture when I tell them about Evan. Granted, a paralyzed cat is not something you see every day. So I can't help but wonder, do people think that Evan can only lie around all day, looking sad and pathetic, unable to get up and go like a "normal" cat?
Let me tell you, Evan can get up and go just fine. He can certainly outrun his mom when he knows she's about to give him a wash down, or when he thinks that it's his turn to get shoved into that dank cell of a PTU. The boy is like greased lightning when he wants to be. He runs, he plays, he has fun, lots and lots and lots of fun.
So, to prove this, Evan has decided to share a video of himself today. Let this mom interject for another moment, though, and admit on his behalf that Evan was a bit shy at being recorded at first and chose to stay coy and far more stationary than typical in the first part of the video. So, in case you want to fast forward to just a small example of Evan's mad skills in athleticism, he gives a demo right around the 1:20 mark. (Oh, and just a little FYI, Evan is playing with a broken off piece of an egg carton in this video. Because, well, who doesn't give their kids trash to play with?)
Certainly not something you see every day, huh? When I try to step back and watch Evan from the perspective of someone who doesn't see that every day, I think, Yeah, that must be kind of weird to witness. At the same time, though, I am so used to it that I can't even imagine Evan up and walking on four legs. Honestly, what would that even look like? I don't know, because I've never seen it. And I'm okay with that, because the Evan you saw above is the Evan I've always known. What's more, he loves life, and so all is well with me.
Can you tell I'm just a tad bit of a proud momma? Probably a little too much so. But what can I say? Evan is, after all, my shameless momma's boy.
Have a beautiful Tuesday, everybuddy!
Our Tip of the Day:
Today's tip is simple, and also a repeat at least once over now, and that is to please consider rescuing or adopting a special needs animal at some point in your life. Special needs animals can enjoy life just as much as any other, and they also have just as much love and happiness to give. Because of the special considerations that go into their care and even because of their appearances, animals with special needs are often overlooked by people looking to adopt, and so many of these sweet and happy and loving animals never make it to a forever home. So, please don't overlook a cat or dog or any animal simply because it is "different". You never know, that three-legged or one-eyed furbaby could be your furry soul mate!