Kitten with Birth Defects Chooses Man and Finds Forever Home

Posted in Cat Stories - On: May 25, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: May 25, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

A little tabby kitten born with birth defects was brought to the Cats Protection’s Bridgend Adoption Centre in South Wales in the hope that he could have a better life.

Meet Arlo!


“Arlo is an absolute sweetheart, and he’s charmed all the staff here,” said Sue Dobbs, Manager of the center.

“He may look a bit different from other cats, but he’s got a lot of love to give, and is full of fun and mischief.”


The cause of his defects was hydrocephalus, which is a build-up of fluid in the brain.

This had caused his head to be misshaped but after a thorough examination, Arlo was declared healthy.

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Everyone at the center hoped they would be able to find him a good family. “Arlo is such a lovely cat and deserves a happy and loving home.”


Meanwhile Davy, who is a social worker for children with disabilities, had been thinking about getting a cat for sometime.

“I live alone in a little rural cottage and thought it would be ideal for an older cat.”

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“But my friends began to tag me in posts from Cats Protection, about this little cat with additional needs,” he explained.

“They felt that I should at least visit him and see what I thought. So I looked, and it was Arlo.”


So Davy went to meet the little tabby who had just turned one year old. Arlo was a little shy and anxious around people, but when he met Davy, they immediately clicked.

“He approached and gave me a lick, and I took that as a sign that we made a match,” said Davy. “Just the first glance of him made me fall in love.”


Once in his new home, Davy’s lap quickly became his favorite spot. He may be a shy kitty but he’s a real cuddle-monster.

“He’s very shy and nervous still, and doesn’t like loud noises. But he’s so loving,” Davy says. “His personality is amazing. He’s such a character.”

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Watch the video below to see Arlo in his forever home:

Cut to today and Arlo has grown up to be a beautiful cat...


He enjoys his VIP life with Davy, in the home he so badly needed.

He also has his own Instagram page with over 23,000 followers!

And here he is in his happy place - cuddling with his human! ⁣

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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