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The Specials: Adopting A Paralyzed Cat

Some of you may already know sweet Evan, but what you might not know (and I didn’t know until recently) is that he is partially paralyzed. His hind legs were paralyzed when he was roughly six weeks old in a coyote attack that killed his mother and litter mates. He was then abandoned on the doorstep of the veterinary clinic where his mom, Lorianne, used to work with a note describing what had happened. Evan underwent physical therapy, but unfortunately, it was determined that he would not regain mobility or function in his hind legs. He was up for adoption through the clinic, but when no one expressed interest in adopting a paralyzed cat, Lorianne brought him home.

Adopting a paralyzed cat and how to help a paralyzed cat adjust to life in a home

Adopting A Paralyzed Cat

Lorianne credits Evan’s curiosity, determination, and inner strength with his success in mastering his environment in spite of his limitations. Strategically placed stools help him climb on the couch and bed as well as into the windows for sunbathing and birdwatching. His front legs and shoulders are very strong and he pulls himself around with Olympic speed. There are no stairs in the house, but Lorianne is confident that he would master them if there were. In terms of the litter box, Evan has his own low-sided box, made from the bottom half of a cat carrier. Early on, Lorianne determined that litter as well as sand were difficult for him to maneuver. She now leaves towels in his box, which makes for lots of laundry, but suits his special needs.

Evan, the cat paralyzed by a coyote attack, gets rescued and adopted

Evan shares his home with Astrid, a rescue dog, and three other cats, Toby, Thimble, and Eddy, another special needs cat with head tilt and facial paralysis. Aside from normal sibling rivalry, they all get along quite well. However, while Evan enjoys the company of his furry family members, his preference is always his mom.  Lorianne says he is very attached to her and loves to help with any and all household projects from laundry to cooking to cleaning. He is also quite talkative and the most affectionate of all the household members.

While living with a paralyzed cat  requires careful monitoring and some extra work, Lorraine feels honored to care for him as he has more spirit and spunk than many able-bodied cats and humans.  Long term, she knows that he may be prone to early onset arthritis as well as other medical issues, but she is confident that they will work it out together. Until then, she will continue to learn what he needs by observing him interacting within his home environment. And when he masters a new challenge, they celebrate his success together and his love and gratitude are immense.

What you need to know about adopting a paralyzed cat, left paralyzed by a coyote attack, and why you should rescue

Had Lorianne not adopted Evan, his chances of finding a home as a paralyzed cat would have surely been slim. But after surviving a coyote attack in which the rest of his family perished, she knew he deserved a chance. Evan is beautifully imperfect in his own unique way and for that, Lorianne is eternally grateful. You can follow Evan on his blog here.

Please consider adopting or fostering a special needs cat because second chances are amazing whether you are on the giving or receiving side.

Evan is part of The Specials, an award-winning blog series focusing on special needs pet adoption. Senior pets, those with chronic medical issues, behavioral or temperament concerns as well as overlooked or misunderstood breeds like Pits and black cats. If not for the courage and compassion of their adopters, many of these animals might have been euthanized in shelters or died alone and hungry on the streets. You can read more special needs adoption posts here.

The inspiring story of adopting a paralyzed cat name Evan




  1. Julie
    January 4, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Evan is a very beautiful Push-T-Cat and I is so pleased Lorianne haf giving him a forevers home after all he haf been throughLoves and licky kissesPrincess Leah xxx

  2. Brian
    January 4, 2016 / 11:30 am

    Such a sweetie pie and we sure hope more special kitties get their chance at happy too.

  3. Marg
    January 4, 2016 / 11:38 am

    Lorraine is one wonderful person to take Evan in and take such good care of him. I bet it is very rewarding for her to help him so much. This is such a great story and put a big smile on our faces. We have been reading their blog for awhile now and wondered what happened to Evan. He sure looks like a happy cat.

  4. Madi and Mom
    January 4, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    Evan is a most gorgeous Orange boy and very lucky too. I bet Miss Lorraine would say she is the lucky one. What a special lady and cat.Hugs madi your bfffPS yep the Chick fil A cow was wearing jammies. It cracked mom up.

  5. The Menagerie Mom
    January 4, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    This is absolutely wonderful! I've been reading your amazing The Specials series since it began, and I was so excited when you asked me if I was interested in having Evan featured. I certainly was interested, and thank you so much for telling my boy Evan's story!-Lorianne

  6. ♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥
    January 4, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Very special cat who has a very special Mom. God bless, the Mommy

  7. Groovy Goldendoodles
    January 4, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    What a story! Evan is one special cat. Thanks for sharing this with us today!

  8. Yamini MacLean
    January 4, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    Hari OMOutstanding fellow, I say!!! YAM xx

  9. Frankie Furter and Ernie
    January 4, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    We are glad that Evan has a wonderful home where he can be HAPPY!!!

  10. Bailey
    January 4, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    What a great story.

  11. Sammy Sam
    January 4, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Hi, Evan's situation is not so much different from mine insofar as both our hind legs don't work so good. But Eddie's Wheels really helped. I'm sure that they could make wheels for Evan. To help with the onset of arthritis, I get hot laser treatments on my legs, pads, well pretty much my whole body, once every two weeks and chiro once per month. Together with supplements and weekly wimming – some of these things might might Evan enjoy his life even more.

  12. Sketching with Dogs
    January 4, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    That is such a wonderful thing to do, Even is so gorgeous.Lynne x

  13. Idaho PugRanch
    January 4, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    What a special boy Evan is and his mom is an angel on earth. God bless them bothhugsMr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  14. Two French Bulldogs
    January 4, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    What a special little kittyLily & Edward

  15. pilch92 15andmeowing
    January 4, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    What an incredible story and Evan's Mom is a Saint for adopting him.

  16. Bouncing Bertie
    January 4, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Oh what a brave and spirited chap you are Evan!Thanks for telling us all about him.

  17. Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song
    January 4, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Thank you for introducing us to this wonderful cat. We have started to follow them. We made another friend today

  18. M. K. Clinton
    January 4, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Evan is gorgeous and what a wonderful Mom he has! Bless them both ♥

  19. Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song
    January 4, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    Thank you for introducing us to this wonderful cat. We have started to follow them. We made another friend today

  20. da tabbies o trout towne
    January 4, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    evan…high paws two ewe dood & yur mom az well, thanx for sharin yur storee with uz….we waz sorree ta lurn bout yur cat mom & familee ….we think itz way kewl how ewe haz lurned ta adjust…we iz glad yur mom never gived up on ewe…ore ewe on yurself…..♥♥♥

  21. jen
    January 4, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Awwwww. This made me tear up with happy tears! What a great special needs story!

  22. Murphy
    January 4, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    It made us sad that there are such needs but happy that there are those who are up for it!Your Pals,Murphy & Stanley

  23. Flynn
    January 4, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    Evan is a wonderful cat, and his mum Lorianne is wonderful too for giving him so much love and taking such great care of him.

  24. Sweet William The Scot
    January 5, 2016 / 12:30 am

    In seeing animals like Evan we wonder if they realize they are different. Isn't it wonder the way these 3d printers are giving mobility to animals who don't have legs. Evan is one lucky kitty.Thanks for being a friendSweet William The Scot

  25. Annie Bear
    January 5, 2016 / 12:37 am

    I got to learn even more of Evan's amazing story. Lorianne is so selfless and a wonderful mom for Evan. Thank goodness for her!

  26. Tenacious Little Terrier
    January 5, 2016 / 12:59 am

    He's lovely and he's found the perfect home it sounds like!

  27. Sully
    January 5, 2016 / 1:27 am

    Damn coyotes they're about useless. Lorianne is a very special human. Evan is one lucky kitty. Aroo to you,Sully

  28. stellaroselong
    January 5, 2016 / 1:38 am

    what a wonderful home he has, he is one beautiful kitty cat, our mom would really like to get a senior big dog but dad says NO….we fink dad may have to go….bol…stella rose

  29. Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady
    January 5, 2016 / 2:07 am

    Evan is amazing. Love the litter solution!

  30. Marty the Manx
    January 5, 2016 / 2:17 am

    Evan is amazing! So glad Lorianne was there to see that!

  31. The Island Cats
    January 5, 2016 / 2:53 am

    Evan sure is a special kitty. And paws up for Lorraine who saw that and gave him such a good home.

  32. meowmeowmans
    January 5, 2016 / 2:55 am

    Thank you for this wonderful post about our friends Evan and Lorianne! Evan sure did gotcha a purrfect forever home. We think Evan AND Lorianne are pretty darned special. 🙂

  33. sprinkles
    January 5, 2016 / 3:39 am

    Evan is so beautiful! I'm glad that he has an owner who is willing to give him the life he deserves.

  34. lsob21
    January 5, 2016 / 10:53 am

    Aw, Evan is a handsome boy! So awesome that he found Lorraine to give him the love and respect he deserves.

  35. Jean Dion
    January 5, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    I love that litterbox solution. I wouldn't have thought of that! I'm so happy Evan found the right person to help him live a wonderful life. To me, it looks like he hit the jackpot! Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  36. Caren Gittleman
    January 6, 2016 / 12:32 am

    What a beautiful post…so beautiful. Lorianne is an Angel and I knew Evan was paralyzed but I never knew why or the adjustments she had to make. Evan is precious, those photos are superb……I have tears in my eyes, such a wonderful story! catchatwithcarenandcody

  37. Siku Marie, White Dog
    January 6, 2016 / 5:37 am

    I love this series. It takes a very dedicated caring family to unite around a special needs pet and help it to blossom and thrive.

  38. Siku Marie, White Dog
    January 6, 2016 / 5:37 am

    I love this series. It takes a very dedicated caring family to unite around a special needs pet and help it to blossom and thrive.

  39. Tails from the Foster Kittens
    January 6, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    such beautiful photos.. I am sure Lorianne is more than happy to take care of Evan.. it is such a gift to take care of a special needs kitty, it is sad that more people don't know it.

  40. Sandra
    January 6, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    what a wonderful and heart touching story. Evan is beautiful. so glad he found someone to take care of him..

  41. Lola The Rescued Cat
    January 7, 2016 / 1:03 am

    What a handsome boy Evan is, and we think he's just purrfect. We signed up for his blog updates!

  42. Kitty Cat Chronicles
    January 7, 2016 / 2:15 am

    Thank you so much for sharing Evan's story! Having a couple of special needs kitties myself, I love hearing a heartwarming story like this. We are happy to learn that Evan has a blog as well and will start following! Thank you for this series.

  43. Denise Gruzensky
    January 11, 2016 / 8:58 am

    I absolutely love this new series!! Evan has a beautiful story!

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