Georgina Price and her fiancé, Chris, had not intended to adopt so soon after losing their rescue cat, Herbie. But after seeing Toby and Quinton on the RSPCA’s website, Price knew she wanted to see the mated cats in person.
Toby was difficult to overlook on the location. His saggy, wrinkled face gave him a melancholy air, making him appear older than his six years.
“Because they both had medical difficulties, Toby’s EDS and Quinton’s lack of teeth, we were able to not only help two special needs cats but also keep two brothers from different moms together,” she explained.
Quinton continued to look after Toby like he had done during their stay at the shelter.
Toby’s distinct appearance has recently earned him a devoted following on Instagram. Toby is becoming a type of poster cat for EDS, with over 12,000 followers, increasing awareness about the uncommon disorder.
“It’s difficult not to fall in love with Toby the moment you look at him,” Price added. “However, the fact is that Toby largely suffers from the skin side of EDS – there’s a broad range of symptoms that may occur with EDS, and we’re blessed that his major issue is droopy skin.”
Despite the everyday hurdles that his illness presents, Toby enjoys playing with his bouncing ball, snuggling with his sibling, and pestering his mother for belly rubs.
Though his sagging face appears mournful, his mother claims that this is not Toby’s disposition: “He’s such a cheerful, lovely, and fun boy.”