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'World's saddest cat' takes social media by storm

'World's saddest cat' takes social media by storm
'World's saddest cat' takes social media by storm
Purrfect Pals

Tucker, a beautiful, unusual cat who has been dubbed the "World's Saddest Cat," has started to take social media by storm. After the Seattle Pets Examiner first published a story about this very special cat on Aug. 1, the story went viral, traveling around the world and then right back to Seattle, where Tucker found her perfect home.

'World's saddest cat' takes social media by storm
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Now Tucker has joined social media, with a Twitter handle and a Facebook page, as well - and it's growing by leaps and bounds. Tucker's Facebook page states: The adventures of Tucker the World's Saddest Cat and her brother Poe, two special needs cats with huge hearts and lots of love to give."

Tucker's Facebook bio reads: "Tucker is the sweetest girl, who lives a very special life. Tucker has some rare genetic abnormalities, symptoms include thin, fragile skin that bruises and tears easily. Tucker also has bowed front legs and front paw abnormalities, she is missing some bones in her front paws and has a overbite.

"These abnormalities make her a little special, she can not jump high, and she is required to wear special clothes to protect her from getting hurt. She also wobbles and can fall over sometimes.

"None of these abnormalities bring her down (despite her sad-looking face) Tucker is an extremely happy girl. She loves to cuddle and is always purring, she also has a very playful side and loves to chase feathers and other fuzzy toys.

"Tucker enjoys life with her brother Poe, a cat who has many of the same symptoms as Tucker. Together they understand each other and live a very happy life together.

"Tucker is one of the sweetest kitties on the planet and she has the wonderful organization Purrfect Pals Cat Shelter to thank for all the help, love and dedication to help unite little Tucker to her forever family."

Purrfect Pals stated on their Facebook page on Aug. 30: "Many happy tears were shed this morning at Purrfect Pals! Thanks to the recent media attention Tucker received from the Seattle Pets Examiner and BuzzFeed, we were overwhelmed with inquiries from people all over the world who wanted to adopt her.

There were many wonderful people interested, but we felt that one family in particular was the best fit. Katie works at a vet clinic and she and her husband have plenty of experience caring for special needs kitties. They actually already have a cat, Poe, with many of the same symptoms that Tucker has! His skin bruises and tears very easily and he also has similar leg deformities. Katie has protective outfits custom made for Poe and their house is already been kitty proofed with his special needs in mind.

We couldn't dream of a better match for Tucker! Tucker is now on her way home to meet her new dad and brother and we can't wait to hear updates!"

Sweet Tucker is a special needs cat who came to Purrfect Pals in Washington State when her owners could no longer keep her. She has an unusual appearance due to some genetic abnormalities: some of her joints are constructed abnormally and she also has an auto-immune disease that makes her skin very thin and easy to bruise. Additionally, she has hair loss because of the scabs that she pulls off.

At Purrfect Pals, Tucker was kept dressed in tee shirts to prevent her from damaging her skin. Tucker enjoyed sitting on laps and playing with string toys. This loving, unusual girl especially enjoys being pet under the chin and behind the ears. Tucker loves children, too, and she's wonderful with them.

Purrfect Pals places the highest priority on the cats and kittens like Tucker who need them most: animals that other shelters or animal rescues might not have the resources to help. They focus on cats who have special needs or increased care needs, such as senior cats, cats with chronic illness or medical issues, or cats with behavioral challenges.

Purrfect Pals has been helping cats in the Puget Sound area of Washington State for more than 25 years. Today, their facility has room for up to 225 cats who are both short and long-term residents. Purrfect Pals houses an additional 50-250 cats and kittens in foster care, depending on the time of year. To help Purrfect Pals help other cats like Tucker, make a donation here.

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