Keyser has deformed front paws. His owner darkeyedgirl shared with us what living with this sweet purring bundle of joy is like.
Keyser was a stray we took in last year (he was dumped off in our neighborhood and we just bonded with the little guy). His special need is his front paws – he has a deformity that my Vet has never seen in her 20 years of being a Vet! He is missing two digits on each of his front paws and has NO ankles. One paw has his two digits pointing in towards each other; we noticed when he first showed up at our door, the one claw was growing into his footpad (ouch). His other paw the claws grow in the opposite direction. We already Soft Paw our cat ‘Hammie’, so we thought we’d try Soft Paws out on Keyser. He has adapted to them quite well (and, adapted to being an indoor-only cat, living with 4 other cats and 2 dogs). He limps quite badly some days, other days, he can’t be kept down!
We were told by the Vet it was not a ‘botched declaw’, but considering the kind of cruelty we’ve seen inflicted on our animal friends by humans… we just didn’t know for sure. She said she’s never seen such a deformity but it can happen; he was just ‘born this way’ missing digits and ankles.
We use Soft Paws on the front two digits he has, and I know this is normal for most cat owners who do not believe in declawing, but Keyser’s left foot with the two claws growing into the footpads, makes him definitely need the claw covers.
We are still in shock that someone just literally dumped him off and out of their life. He just appeared one day in June of 2011, scared, skinny, leery of us. Since we spend so much time outside with our dogs and doing yardwork, pretty soon Keyser was coming up to us, rolling around and wanting LOVE. We obliged!
We fed him outside until there was a raccoon problem in the neighborhood, and apparently Keyser got into a fight (with other stray cats? a raccoon? who knows?) and came to us with a bloody, torn ear, and a bite-spot on his face. We cleaned him up and brought him inside immediately, and after he spent time in the quarantine room – he immediately bonded with our other 4 male cats! He also has a gigantic adoration for our two dogs, since he used to go on walks with them when he lived outside.
Keyser is very much a lapcat; he adores being held, sleeping on my hubby’s legs at night, and generally taking up whatever lap he can. Whoever dumped him off thinking he was unworthy or ‘not right’, truly lost out on a wonderful little guy. We named him Keyser after the character from ‘The Usual Suspects’, Keyser Soze, due to his ‘gimpy’ walk, and boy is he a TALKER! Very verbal, sly and lots of fun.