When Georgina Price and her fiance Christopher Lardner’s 16-year-old rescue cat, Herbie, died, they were heartbroken. Their loss however, opened their hearts for someone new.
“I just kept thinking about all the animals that might only have five months left and would spend the whole of that time in a shelter,” Georgina said. “We decided we would look for an extra special cat that might take a little longer to find a home.”
It was then that Georgina stumbled upon Toby and Quinton. “We found them on the RSPCA website when they were looking for a home,” Georgina told Bored Panda. Quinton, a 7-year-old black and white cat, was missing all of his teeth and Toby, a 6-year-old short-haired feline, had a lot of loose skin. “They’re a bonded pair, the RSPCA advertised them together. And we thought if we can help two cats rather than one, then that’s the best possible outcome.”
When Georgina and Christopher visited the duo at the RSPCA Georgina was able to pet Quinton, but she couldn’t touch Toby because he was just too scared. Even so, they both decided they were ready to take good care of this special pair, so they adopted both Toby and Quinton.
It took a while for this feline pair to settle in to their new home: “They were just so scared and were living under the bed for weeks but food and love eventually got them out,” Georgina said. “And Now they own the place. They just do whatever they want and act mad when you turn the light on if they’re asleep on the bed or something.”
“We’re very lucky that his condition seems to be mild and we manage it very easily,” Georgina added. “His skin is just weaker than it should be so he gets lots of tears, especially around his neck and head. We’re always telling him off for scratching or cutting his nails to reduce the chance of injury and you can see he just thinks leave me alone, I can take care of myself.”
“He seeks Quinton out to help him clean himself so Quinton will lick his face and head, particularly any cuts.”
Even though he requires a bit more extra care, Georgina and Christopher couldn’t be happier with Toby and his bro Quinton.
In spite of his condition, Toby enjoys life just like your average kitty. He likes bird watching, playing with bouncy balls, and plenty of snuggling. “He loves belly rubs and will plop himself next to you and look at you, waiting for you to rub his belly,” Georgina said.
Georgina hopes that sharing Toby’s story will raise awareness about his condition and will encourage more people to bring special needs cats into their lives. “It doesn’t take any more to love them and despite whatever it is that may make them ‘special needs’, they are still beautiful animals with their own amazing personalities, likes, dislikes, and the ability to love you back.”
You can see more of Toby and Quinton on Instagram