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Ralphee, Bobbles and Olive are Wobbly Kittens

No, really.  They all have Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia, or wobbly kitten syndrome,  a non-progressive, non-contagious neurological condition that results in walking and balance problems.

And it’s alright that you laughed.  They’re not in pain, the condition is non-fatal, and they live full, long and happy lives.  They just wobble, adorably.

A kitten is born with “CH” when her cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth.

Consequently, an underdeveloped cerebellum can result in underdeveloped or complicated mobility. CH cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk, which is why they’re known endearingly as “wobbly cats.”

You can read more here: lifewithchcats.com

Looking to adopt a CH kitty? 

There’s a wobbly kitten out there, somewhere, just waiting to love you to distraction!

Here are a few great places to start your search:

Petfinder

One of the premier online adoption resources is Petfinder.com, where thousands of shelters around the country post profiles of hundreds of thousands of adoptable pets. If you’re looking to adopt a cat with special needs, such as cerebellar hypoplasia, here’s one way to narrow your search:

Visit Petfinder.com’s homepage and choose the type of pet you’re interested in along with your zip code:

Once you press Search, you’ll be taken to a page with all of the adoptable pets in your area. This is the page where you can narrow your search. As you look down the left rail, you’ll see your options:

  • Age: Baby, Young, Adult, Senior
  • Gender: Male, Female
  • Size: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
  • Other Considerations: Declawed, Housetrained, Special Needs
  • My Household Has: Cats, Dogs, Young Children
  • Show Me Pets Named

After you click each refined characteristic, the page will automatically reload with those specific pets. It’s important to keep in mind that clicking “Special Needs” will return results with any animal in your area with special needs. That could include kitties with FIV, who are blind, have special household needs and more. However, this refined search does make finding a CH kitty a bit easier!

Adoptable CH Cats List

If that seems like a bit too much work, check out the Adoptable CH Cats List on this site. It’s an aggregated list that I try to update monthly. What’s great about this list is that you can search by availability, gender, location and more. I hope to soon add age category, too.

The Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cats and Kittens Group


info source: lifewithchcats.com


images:

1 - 4) Ralphee the kitten (and her buddy, Max the dog)  here &here

5)  Bobbles  here

6)  Olive    here

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STOP WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING AND WATCH THIS NOW!

Got some time this weekend and want to help BUB raise money for special needs pets? Then take THIS SURVEY and for each submission, the researcher will donate ten cents to Lil BUB’s Big FUND. If enough of you do this, we could end up with a lot money for animals in need, so please repost.

can someone please help this baby??

There’s tragedy in my past, but I’m all about the future!

I’m Lucy, and my friends at Stray from the Heart in New York City have helped me forget my rough start in life. But it left me with scars, as you can see. They took me to the vet, who said that since I’m in no pain and can eat and drink and play, I don’t need surgery. And my rescue group friends all say I’m still perfectly beautiful when you look at me with your HEART!

I get along great with all dogs and cats, and my friends want me to stay within a three hour or so drive, so they can always be a resource for me. Also, they say they’ll welcome me back for vacations sometimes! Aren’t they NICE?

So I’m here today to ask you to give me the greatest gift of all for National Disabled Pets Day: A new home! Please share me, and ask everyone to look past my mis-healed jaw and into my heart – I’m counting on you!

Love, Lucy

PS, my information is here: http://theshelterpetproject.org/pet?id=21709250, or you can contact 347-242-0459 • bethsfth@aol.com

“My cat is 16 and I’ve had her since her birth. She snuck out of the house last night and we are desperately trying to find her. She went missing in the neighborhood of Copeland Island off of Newman/Grandbay Wilmer Rd in Mobile, Alabama near Grandbay. Please help me bring her home!!!”

[ Signal boosting from Quasi on FB. ]

This is little baby Bashful. Bashful has hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) and requires surgery ASAP. He is currently living at a rescue with his mom and siblings, having worked at a shelter for quite a while I know all too well how short you can be on funding. Little Bashful NEEDS this surgery to live a long, happy life. Please donate to the cause if you can, if not just reblog. Anything and everything helps!

Donate Here:

http://www.gofundme.com/62oexo

Donald was found lying outside a McDonald’s by Dog Aide Community Awareness Program in Detroit, Michigan.

He’s an older dog, and he’s blind, but we know there’s a home out there for someone who will love and care for Donald!

He startles easy, so it would be best to have a home without young children or other dogs.  But Donald loves cats!  He also loves people, and after a year looking for a home, he really wants to find some forever people.

If you can open your heart to Donald, email info@dogaide.com or call 313-744-6364!

In 2014, BUB learned to run up an entire flight of stairs, starred in her own prime time television special, started the first national fund for special needs pets, and directly raised a combined total of more $160,000 for animals in need. 

This would not have been possible without your love and support, so BUB thanks you from the bottom of her tiny little heart. So here’s to BUB, to you, and to an even more magical year to come.

Please be safe tonight.

GOOD JOB BUB.

Charlie is our blind bird. He was diagnosed with cataracts shortly after his arrival. His body is tiny and frail, and his eyes are fully blind, however; he sees the kindness in other’s hearts, and is more sensitive to it than anyone else. None of the birds take advantage of his blindness, whereas, humans are corrupt and oftentimes deceive the blind. He sees it all. One’s intent to hurt, deceive… or one’s intent to be kind and generous.

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Arrr, matey!  Is your Halloween costume an eye-patch wearing pirate?  Christiana may be able to give you some tips!

She doesn’t let having only one eye slow her down.  She loves to play and jump, and has no problems getting around. 

Christiana likes being close to her people, so she’s your kind of cat if you want a snuggle!

If you’re ready to pick up your new first mate, call Elaine at Maine Coon Adoptions in Oakland, California at 510-710-9250!

I’ve always been very transparent and forthcoming about BUB’s health and well-being. That’s really what this is all about: sharing her life and giving people a glimpse of the joys and the challenges of caring for a special needs pet as special as BUB.

I wanted to wait until we were sure that BUB was well and recovering (yes! she is!) before sharing this news outside of our immediate circle of family and friends. Last week BUB had an accident and she fractured her left front elbow and had to undergo surgery to ensure it healed properly. It was a very difficult and stressful time for our family, consisting of sleepless nights, multiple 4 hour round trips to and and from the hospital, and unimaginable fear and worrying. But I am thrilled to report that she is doing great, she is as spry as ever, has the appetite of a lion, and seems to have no idea that anything even happened. She is the definition of strength and determination, and continues to amaze us with her fearlessness and positivity.

BUB has a very rare bone condition called osteopetrosis. It causes her bones to become unusually thick, hard, and dense, and this has impacted her mobility from a young age. But with treatment and a lot of encouragement, her mobility has been consistently improving for the past three years. It has been a huge blessing to see her relearn how to run, jump and be active again. However, last week, when BUB eagerly scuttled to her food when it was time to eat, she unexpectedly slipped and fell - something that’s never happened before. She landed hard on her left front elbow and fractured her knee, and that’s when we discovered that her condition also makes her bones more brittle than those of a typical healthy cat. Thankfully, the fracture was not on a weight-bearing bone. After consulting with our vet and getting opinions from three different surgeons, it was decided that she would require surgery to ensure that the joint healed properly, and she could regain full use of her leg.

During this episode, BUB received the very best treatment from the orthopedic surgeons at Purdue University in Lafayette, IN. Considering her size and her extremely rare bone condition, they took extra special care in ensuring that her surgery was safe and successful. They brought in their best surgeons, doubled up their staff, ordered special tools and even custom pieces to help guarantee a successful surgery. I can’t thank Dr Malek and her team enough for taking such good care of BUB. I don’t don’t know what we would’ve done without them.

This photo here was actually taken before she went into surgery. Now that her fracture is fixed, she no longer needs a cast, but does require constant supervision to ensure her leg heals properly. As I mentioned earlier, as far as she is concerned, she is as good as new. Her eyes are full of life, she is purring, squonking and as happy as ever.

Naturally, I was prepared to cancel our upcoming appearances. After discussing it in depth, our vet and BUB’s surgeons do not see any reason that BUB cannot go on these trips so long as she is not pet or handled by anyone other than myself. In fact, we have determined that during this critical time of recovery, being in her carrier and under my 24 hour care and supervision is safer than keeping her at home with our clumsy dog and curious son, where we have more day-to-day distractions.

Unlike most cats (my other four included) BUB loves to travel. She has been traveling in cars, taxis, trains, and planes since she was less than a year old, and she’s loved it since her first trip. Together we have visited more than 20 cities and have traveled over 150,000 miles. She calmly sleeps through trans-continental flights, and gently purrs in the car. So while the travel itself does not pose any danger to BUB’s health or recovery, the only way we can still do our meet and greets is if we ask that people do not pet BUB at our upcoming events. I’ve normally allowed attendees to gently pet her, but to ensure her health and safety, and to minimize unnecessary stress and anxiety, our vets have suggested that she only be handled by me. I’m sure that BUB’s fans will understand.

BUB and I are eternally grateful for the love and support of all of you that follow her story, and appreciate her magic. I truly believe that our combined love of BUB is what fuels her determined spirit, and allows her to continue her good work on planet Earth.

GOOD JOB BUB.

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Woman Rescues Kitten Born Special While Others Decided To Give Up

Zeke the tuxedo kitten was just 13 weeks old when Lisa Jones of Super Heros Animal Hydrocephalus Society rescued him from euthanization by a local rescue.

Given that he needed too much attention and time, everyone had given up on poor Zeke. But not Lisa. She got the little one on a plane from Texas to his new home in New York.

Zeke was born with a medical condition called Hydrocephalus, commonly known as water on the brain. The fluid in his head does not flow properly and collects beneath the skull, putting extreme pressure on his brain and a host of other skeletal disorders including being a twisty cat.

Despite his limitations, Zeke is continuing to improve every day with the care and love he needs! 

 Isn’t it amazing what love can do?

Read more at sunnyskyz.com