How old are you?
Well, I am either 4 or 5. Not quite for sure…but, somewhere around there.
Where did your name come from?
I was named Deuce by the Sherriff in Choctaw who came and got me after I was found by a couple of kids. Mom figured she would keep the name since I had already been in quite a few news interviews and articles.
How did you wiggle your way into a forever home?
When I was found in August of 2011, it was speculated that I lost my back legs in an abusive situation. The news stations were running stories about me and my mom, who happened to volunteer for The Humane Society at the time (they were the rescue who took me in), got a hold of the director there and put in a request to adopt me when I was healed from my injuries and ready for a forever home.
Do you remember what happened to your legs?
Well, it’s speculated that it was from an abusive situation as there had been other animal abuse in the area. I was found outside in a trailer park by a couple of kids who were outside playing. I was full grown, but only weighed 4 lbs. when I was found. The vet who doctored me suspected I had been trying to survive outside in the Oklahoma July heat with my injuries for around a month and a half.
Did you need any medication or therapy while recovering?
When mom first got me, I was very nervous. People still make me nervous. In fact, noises, other animals, anything loud and anything quick scares me. Mom had to put me on some anti-depressants when she first adopted me as I was having a few behavioral issues, like beating up my brothers and marking the rugs (both of which have resolved about 95%). But, the best medicine and therapy that I received was just unconditional love and I still get that almost every second of every day….sometimes mom loves on me too much even. 😉
How long did it take for you to learn to get around on two legs?
Well, I had to fend for myself for about a month and a half outside before they found me so I learned pretty quickly how to get around to the best of my ability.
Do the other animals in the house treat you different?
I have three other kitty brothers and at first they just stared at me – they just really could not figure out what was wrong with me. I still don’t cuddle with them or anything – I was a stray to begin with so I kinda love in a different manner than my brothers.
I read you have a three legged brother named Finn, do you two play together often?
It’s really hard for me to understand how to play with other animals. Until I was found, I had to fight for my food as it was sparse and far inbetween….. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with a string or a play mouse, I just don’t understand how to play with other animals. Mom said that’s ok, though. She loves me just the way I am!!
Do you live with any other fursiblings?
Yes, I have two four legged brothers and then Finny, my three legged brother. We are all pretty spoiled. Mom puts us first before anything in her life.
What would you like people to know about cats that have one or two legs missing?
Well, I can do anything my brothers can do (with the exception of jumping). I can even run and climb to the top of the 6 foot cat tree. If it has fabric, I can make my way up it. So, really, people automatically assume that I won’t or can’t have a normal life, but honestly I really can! You know when you look at something long enough you kinda look past the imperfections. Well, mom hardly even notices that I have a disability anymore. It really does not affect my daily life in any way, shape or form.
What are some of your favorite things to do?
I really love cuddling with my mom and looking out of the windows and front door at my outside porch brothers. I can relate to them….I was one once.
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself or your family?
Actually, mom asked if I would add how important it is to adopt a rescued pet, and especially consider a senior pet or a disabled one. There are so many animals at so many rescues, including Free To Live Animal Sanctuary, the rescue my mom volunteers for, who get looked over because of age or disability, even though they can be just as vivacious and playful and healthy as any other animal. Also, please consider volunteering for an animal rescue. Even if it’s just a few hours a month. I promise, it will be the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done!!