canis lupus familiaris
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Northern California
How to tell if a cat is "special needs"
I'm fostering a litter consisting of two girls and two boys. Our black girl (Oliver) is clearly the runt. Physically she is half the size of everyone else. They are supposed to be leaving me next week (to be sterilized and put up for adoption) but I don't think she will weigh enough then. I can gladly foster her till she is up to weight but not sure if I would...because husband is hinting at keeping this "awww so cute" kitten and I'm not sure her personality would really fit.
Anyway, Oliver seems to be a little off. She doesn't play with the other kittens except for her sister (Torti) and only usually for a couple of minutes. She also won't play with toys...ever. Oh and she uses the box...sometimes. She seems to ignore it when its clean and when its dirty so I leave one box with some stuff in it. She also never cleans herself? I don't mean to sound mean but its like she is missing some of the mental aspects that makes cats so...cat like. She also seems to have some trouble running. Vet says shes physically fine so I'm wondering if maybe theres something wrong mentally.