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Okoge’s “Character”

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Okoge's owner was elderly and lived alone with no family.
He had to move into a nursing home because of illness.
A day care center employee who was taking care of Okoge's owner before he went into hospital asked ARK about Okoge, who was about to lose his home and his owner.



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Okoge is friendly, gentle, quiet, a little bit funny, and never shy. He's an ordinary middle-aged cat.

But sometimes his head tilts.

The caregiver said that he's had this condition for at least 6 years and it has never caused him any trouble.



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The vet diagnosed him with "vestibular syndrome".

It's a disease that occurs when something happens to the equilibrium organ in the ear called the "vestibule", which is the organ that controls balance. In Okoge’s case, even though the cause is unknown, his symptoms have stayed stable and he has not previously received any treatment. He has torticollis (tilted head) and nystagmus (trembling eyes) but the ataxia and circling don't happen often and he seldom vomits.
There's little chance that it will get better, but there's also little chance that it will get worse.
He doesn't have any health problems besides this.



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He plays normally with cat teasers and other toys, and he walks well even with his head tilted.
He's also good at punching!



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The vet says, "Okoge is enjoying a normal life as a cat and doesn't care about his disease. People might think he's handicapped but that's a prejudice and I'm sure there's someone who would understand his condition. He'd be a wonderful family cat.”

He’s going to attend the GREEN DOG Adoption Event on April 25 (Sun).
A newly-hired vet will also attend so you can ask questions about Okoge. Please come and meet Okoge and you'll see that his handicap is one of his most interesting characteristics!


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