Introducing Toby, a remarkable feline who is proving to everyone that there’s beauty in being unique! With Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a genetic collagen disorder that affects the amount and structure of collagen in the body, Toby has a distinct appearance. His condition, also called feline cutaneous asthenia (FCA), results in his skin appearing wrinkled and saggy due to poor skin elasticity and structure. Nevertheless, Toby is a special needs cat who is inspiring people all over the world with his differences.
Georgina and Christopher came across Toby’s photo on the RSPCA website in 2018 and were immediately drawn to him, despite having no prior knowledge of his condition, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). They simply knew he needed a loving home, and they had plenty of love to give. Toby was six years old at the time and was available for adoption alongside his brother Quinton, who was seven years old and had lost all his teeth.
Georgina expressed her admiration for the adorable felines she saw on the RSPCA website, falling head over heels for their sweet faces. She and her partner Christopher were devastated by the passing of their beloved cat Herbie, but they felt the time had come to welcome a new feline into their home. So, they decided to pay a visit to the RSPCA and meet the charming duo in person. It was an instant connection! Unfortunately, the brothers were quite shy and intimidated by meeting strangers.
As they snuggled up, Toby found refuge behind Quinton who was also feeling jittery. Georgina and Christopher realized that it wouldn’t be easy to gain the trust of both these furry friends. But they were determined and ready to take on the challenge. Eventually, they adopted Toby and Quinton as a duo and made them a part of their loving home. On their way back, Georgina noticed something heartwarming. She saw that Quinton gently extended his paw towards Toby’s carrier indicating their strong bond. Though the couple anticipated that the initial days would be challenging, Toby and Quinton turned out to be extremely anxious and apprehensive.
Despite their fears, the siblings found solace in each other’s company as they went through their transition. They would often stay close to each other, hiding under the bed for comfort. Thankfully, Georgina and Christopher were there to provide them with love and support. The couple was devoted to ensuring that their new furry companions felt secure and protected.
@tummyandgummy have achieved success through their diligent efforts! Toby and Quinton have gradually become more courageous and self-assured in their recently acquired abode. In no time, they have revealed their true selves by shedding their inhibitions. Due to his hypersensitive skin, Toby is susceptible to harm while playing with his sibling or taking care of himself.
Quinton had a deep understanding of his brother’s unique needs, and he always showed gentleness during playtime by keeping his claws retracted to prevent any harm to Toby. Apart from spending time with his family, Toby enjoyed sunbathing, chirping at birds, snuggling with his parents, and getting belly rubs. It has been four years since Toby was adopted, and he is currently leading a healthy, happy life surrounded by the love of his forever family. Unfortunately, Quinton passed away in 2020 after valiantly fighting cancer for an extended period.
During his last weeks, Quinton enjoyed his favorite pastime of bonding with his brother and closest companion, Toby. The passing of Quinton left a deep void in the hearts of Georgina and Christopher, who were left devastated by the loss. However, despite his absence, Quinton remains an adored and cherished member of the family through the precious memories he left behind.
@tummyandgummy shared that Leo was welcomed into the family in honor of Quinton, who had passed away. They were delighted to find out that Leo also has EDS, just like Toby. Although nothing can replace Quinton, they have been enjoying Leo’s company for two years now, and he has been a great addition to their home.
The adorable family of Georgina and Christopher have stolen the hearts of people worldwide with their unique bond. Their Instagram account boasts over 221,000 followers at present. By sharing their journey with their special needs cats, they aim to spread awareness and encourage others to adopt these precious felines.
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