Meet Dallas
Animal ID 40119980 
Species Cat 
Breed Domestic Shorthair/Mix 
Age 1 year 2 months 10 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. Dallas also feels a need to bite during his panic. He isn't trying to draw blood and never has. He will hold what he is biting in his teeth/mouth. When he realizes he has gotten our hand, he starts licking it. You have to be careful though because he might get your chest/shirt. We have learned to pick him up quickly and immediately flip him over on his back and comfort him so he realizes that we aren't a predator. I would suggest a home with no children as they will not understand him fear and may get scratched if not careful.
Dallas uses a litter box in his playpen, however, he pulls the litter out of it and uses it anywhere in the playpen. He cannot find the playpen on his own during the day, but he has been able to not have an accident until he is put in his playpen to use his litter box. 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. The fact that he hasn't had accidents is also probably because we keep track of him. We leave him in his playpen overnight and he contently sleeps in his basket all night with no problems.
Dallas will not jump up or down from furniture and does not scratch furniture. Again, due to no vision processing. He also does not play or interact with other animals.
Dallas is usually heard growling at random times, it seems to be him normal sound-I don't believe it always means that he is angry. He also chirps like a bird when you have conversations with him.
Dallas is fine with being held on his back to sleep. He does well if he is swaddled as it calms him down. 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.