Hi, my name is Angel, I’m completely deaf since birth. I was abandoned in a small feral colony when I was about 5 or 6 months old. I spent a few weeks trying to fend for myself but it was really hard, I couldn’t hear anything and it was dangerous out there. I was so scared all the time until one day I decided to trust my caregivers and follow them on a very cold night in Fall 2013. That night they brought me in. I’ve been living in the Sanctuary for 5 years and this is my rescue story.
We had seen him for a few weeks but he was too scared to come close. One chilly and windy night, right after midnight there he was! he came out and started meowing out loud … We immediately tried to lead him to where some food and water containers were placed… but he refused to follow us there… he then hid under a car. We placed new containers with food and water closer to him and decided to wait nearby to make sure he’d eat.
We sat on a bench about half a block away from where he was … we were hoping he’d eventually come out to eat. Then all of the sudden he ran towards us and threw himself at our feet… he started purring away and would not leave our side! He almost jumped into the carrier himself.
As soon as he got home he started purring so loudly… he felt finally safe! The morning after we found him all curled up into the carrier sleeping like an angel ♥ (thus his name!) Nothing seemed to wake him up, not even the loudest noises. We, later on, realized he was completely deaf.
Although at the time, we lived in a very small place and had a full house with 2 resident cats Tommy and Vito and 3 new rescues: Negrita, Kitty & Honey and we were almost out of financial resources, there was NO WAY! we could leave this baby on his own out there.
Angel is FeLV/ FIV NEGATIVE. He’s intelligent, playful and affectionate however due to his deafness he’ll be needing some extra time to adjust. Abandonment has not been easy on this beautiful baby who was left to fend for himself at such an early age. Although he does a bit less yowling now his insecurity issues will need time to go away. He needs to follow us around at all times to feel safe… he’s so happy while playing with us but if he loses sight of us he gets scared and starts meowing loudly, he becomes agitated rather easily and starts panting.
Sometimes at night he wakes up moaning and full of anxiety. We’ve read that caring for deaf cats is no different than caring for any cat, with a few special considerations… however being DEAF and ABANDONED at only 5 months old is a whole different story! He needs lots & lots of TLC and plenty of understanding…while time heals his heart wounds ♥
October 2013 UPDATE
After some time, he still appears to be very irritable, insecure and over-attached. He becomes very anxious from time to time and starts panting. He also has some sort of eating disorder that is causing him to have diarrhea. We are trying to change his feeding habits but it hasn’t been easy so far. Due to abandonment & deafness, he still has a lot of issues to resolve. Angel is being currently fostered together with Honey and they are already best pals!
Honey was adopted out in December 2013 and Angel was left on his own missing his best friend. We tried to find a good home for Angel too, but it wasn’t easy because of his handicap and other behavioural issues. Angel is improving one day at a time; he needs lots of patience and tons of love. He’s no longer confused nor disoriented as he used to be when he was rescued.
Because of Angel, we decided to start our own cat Sanctuary, so we could offer a loving home to those that were regarded as “less adoptable” by some people. In January 2014, Angel met our new rescue Gigi and they hit it off really well. Gigi is patient and kind to him, treat him like a big sister; they spend hours playing and having a good time. Angel is finally learning to enjoy himself; a brand new life full of love and care at the Sanctuary.