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Couple take in disabled cat after previous owner couldn’t afford vet bills

Socks with her new owners Erin McKenzie and James Halley

Socks has probably used a fair share of her nine lives already, but the disabled kitten can take comfort that she has finally been rehoused with a family who can afford the vet bills.

Diagnosed with cerebellar hypoplasia meant the feline was always losing her balance - and the bank balance of her previous owner was being crushed by regular trips to the vets.

Just over a few weeks ago, with the bills becoming too expensive, she became a member of a new Glaswegian family who can afford her medical needs.

Socks’ collar now has the address of Emma McKenzie, 28 and James Halley, 28, tied around her neck.

The couple told Glasgow Times: “Socks is the perfect combination of sweetness and madness.

“After having zoomies, she will grab a toy and execute a perfect forward roll while holding it – I’ve never seen a cat do this before!

“When she gets sleepy or wants attention, she will purr and happily fall asleep in your lap.

“We've only noticed her head wobble when she's standing still. When she's on the move, her eyes sway and we think she is compensating for her hearing loss with heightened visual awareness.

“She likes to be close to us to feel secure. When she wakes up from a nap, she will meow loudly so we can find her.”

Christine McDowall, Adoption Team Lead at Cats Protection Glasgow Branch, said: “Socks came to us when she was nine months old, after her owner sadly couldn’t afford to care for her.

“As well as being deaf Socks suffers from a neurological condition called cerebellar hypoplasia, which means that she has poor coordination and her head shakes.

“It was clear from the moment she arrived that she didn’t let any of this hold her back. She was a happy cat who enjoyed exploring, playtime, and interacting with us.

“She was taken in by one of our fantastic fosterers until we could find her the special home she needed, and she has definitely found that with Erin and James.”

The charity relies on donations so it can stay in service supporting cats who would not survive without financial support.

McDowall continued: “We've had just about every type of cat come into our care from kittens with health issues like Socks to cats with three legs.

“We’ve provided urgent treatment and nursed cats back to health.

"We’ve cared for a mother and her kittens after being found in a nursery playground. We’re here for cats that are terrified, elderly, neglected, overweight, and much-loved cats whose owners have sadly passed away.

“Cats come to us for a multitude of reasons including abandonments, behavioural issues, being long term strays, owners’ ill health, and not being able to afford veterinary bills.

"Sometimes owners give up their pets because of unforeseen circumstances which can be as heart-breaking for us as it is for the owners.

“If you’re struggling to care for your cat please get in touch, we’re here to help. We take every opportunity to educate the public on cat welfare and offer support to owners so we can prevent them having to give up their cats.

“Where this isn’t possible, there is no better feeling than finding a cat a safe, happy home, especially if that cat has had a difficult start in life.”

[ You can make a donation to Cats Protection through the charity’s website. ]

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