A good carpenter can occasionally solve some cat and caretaker problems. Here are two positive cat stories of the spirit triumphing over disability aided by a bit of nice carpentry.

Engorged Tick

Lyme disease is nasty. There is a story in the UK press today about a lady who was tragically bitten by a tick while out walking. The bite caused Lyme disease, which has multiple symptoms and which left her wheelchair bound. Her life was made so miserable she decided to kill herself. She bought animal tranquillisers online from Mexico. She took them and they killed her.

Her partner of 15 years waited until she was dead and then called the ambulance. He was arrested on suspicion of assisting suicide, a crime in the UK. While on bail, 6 months later, he took his life in the same way. He couldn’t live without her. All because of an unfortunate bite from a damn tick. Ticks are those horrible parasites that become bloated when filled with your blood.

We know, therefore, how awful it is. Lyme disease affects cats too. Outdoor cats are susceptible. Let’s move to the USA. A women who cared for her two adored cats acquired Lyme disease in the same way. In the US it is usually transmitted by the deer tick (see ticks on cats and humans).

She was beginning to be unable to care for her cats. She feared that she would have to relinquish them. The symptoms of Lyme disease include joint pain and swelling and bone pain. She could barely feed her cats and couldn’t do the cat litter.

A plan was hatched: to build a platform with a stairway for the cat litter. This enabled her to manage the litter at wheelchair height. Here it is:

Cat litter on raised platform with stairs.

The lady was overjoyed and burst into tears because she was able to cope and keep her cats. This must be a not uncommon problem; cat caretakers who love their cats who can no longer care for them. In having to relinquish them there must be a negative impact on an already fragile situation.

In another story, a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia liked to look out the window but was unable to jump up. This time a another platform was constructed with ramp underneath:

Cat on raised platform and stairs underneath

Is there are moral to these cat stories? A bit of imagination and modification to the household arrangements can reap unimagined rewards. Cat enclosures are another good solution under certain circumstances.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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