Meet Dallas
Animal ID 40119980 
Species Cat 
Breed Domestic Shorthair/Mix 
Age 6 months 21 days 
Gender Male 
Size Small 
Color Orange 
Declawed No 
Housetrained Yes 
Special Needs  
Site Columbia Second Chance 
Location Foster home 
Intake Date 11/7/2018 
ARN 18718 
Stage Available
Dallas has been with us since he was found at 1 month old. Dallas is a "unicorn" of a kitten. He appears to have been born with a mitochondrial defect that unfortunately affected the development of portions of his brain prior to birth.
He has some vision, however, his brain does not process the images that he sees. Therefore, he is virtually blind. He has made huge strides since we received him and confidently wanders around his foster home. Since he doesn't see, Dallas is very scared when he is picked up or ends up in a corner that he can't figure how to get out of. The usual "fight or flight" response takes over and since he can't flight properly, he growls and flails. We have learned to pick him up with a blanket and immediately comfort him so he realizes that we aren't a predator.
Dallas does not use a litter box. The concept is not something that is built in to his brain. He does have the normal desire to bury, though. Dallas has learned to only go to the bathroom in his playpen in his foster home. This has been another great stride for him! He hasn't had any accidents and shows cues when he needs to be put back in the playpen.
Dallas will not jump up or down from furniture. Again, due to no vision processing. He also does not play or interact with other animals.
Dallas loves to be held and sleep on his back cradled in your arms. He is the best cuddle cat you will find. He is content to be with you for hours. When he gets hot from being wrapped up in a blanket, he will happily lay next to you and sleep with his paw on you to make sure you are still there. Dallas finds his food and water bowls by himself and grooms himself.
If you have a place in your heart and home for a one-of-a-kind kitten who is looking for a patient and loving home to accept him for who he is, Dallas would love to meet you.