‘Special needs’ cat who keeps forgetting where family is melts hearts online

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A deaf cat with memory issues has gone viral on TikTok after her owner shared a clip of the moggie calling for help after getting lost at home.

The adorable mixed breed cat was hit by a car in Qatar which left her deaf and likely brain damaged.

She was rescued and put up for adoption and now lives in Brighton with owner Becky Wicks, 32, and her fiancé, who met her five years ago.

Now, she communicates with ear-splitting meows – which visitors to the home are given ear plugs to help combat.

Pictured: Qatsby

In a viral video, which has been viewed 18 million times and has more than three million likes, you can hear the moggie long before you see her.

The pet calls dramatically from the kitchen before Becky finds her and she turns round, squealing with joy when she spots her owner.

One person commented: “‘OW MA MEEOWWW’ so cute when she sees you.” [sic]

“That’s literally a baby crying for her mom,” another viewer added.

Another user said: “God bless her. That must be scary sometimes, it’s a blessing she has you!”

Someone else commented: “Her tone changed immediately after she sees ya. Such a beautiful soul.” [sic]

Pictured: Qatsby

“Awe bless. Real communication there,” said someone else.

“Qatsby really stood out as having a cute cheeky look and we liked that she had to be a housecat because of her disabilities,” Becky told Jam Press.

“But it doesn’t hold her back at all. She is this ball of loud silly energy but still loves to sit on our laps and be affectionate too.”

Becky says it took Qatsby some time to adjust to life at home with her after being in a shelter.

She said: “She’s calmed down a lot but we still have to warn guests and supply them with earplugs because there is nothing you can do to adjust the volume on a deaf cat!”

Another TikTok demonstrates more of Qatsby’s unique voice, with her wailing as she awaits a treat.

In another sweet clip, Becky lifts up her bed sheets to reveal Qatsby snoozing underneath.

Instead of talking to Qatsby, Becky says they use basic hand signals to communicate.

Becky says: “We’ve managed to train her to recognise some very basic hand signals like: come here, dinner time, stop.

“And I still talk to her, if she can see my face, as she picks up on my communication even if she cannot hear the audio.

“She is an incredibly emotionally perceptive animal.

“I have C-PTSD, Bipolar, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder and she’s very much part of my treatment plan, she has a sixth sense for when I’m not OK.

“I would encourage anyone who has the extra time and love in their heart to consider adopting a cat with a disability or additional needs.

“They are often either overlooked at shelters but there’s a lot of love waiting in these cats for the right humans.”

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