Meet Myrtle, the deaf cat who is being fostered in Melbourne, Australia, and is having a hard time finding a permanent home.
There are a few reasons for this, but the main one is that Myrtle can’t hear her own voice, and her meows are so loud and frequent that they put off potential adopters.
Sometimes she also has an unfortunate facial expression. “When people come to check her out, she looks as though she wants to kill them,” says Besha Rodell, her foster mom. But as soon as someone pets her, she purrs, rolls over and and asks for more. And although she loves to snuggle, she has a hard time keeping her claws to herself.
No one told her foster family that Myrtle was deaf — but they quickly figured it out when she didn’t respond to the sound of dry food landing in her bowl. When they made very loud noises behind her, she didn’t react at all.
In addition, Myrtle’s back legs are very weak. She can go up and down stairs but can’t jump up on the sofa.
“We don’t know anything about her past,” Besha says, “but it must have been pretty rough.”
The family also has a parrot who frequently flies around the house. Myrtle shows no interest.
She’ll have a home with Besha until she finds someone who understands her. “Really,” says Besha, “all she wants is love.”