Calling all black pets

Posted by yornma on September 13, 2015 in Animal Articles |

Attention all pet owners:

I’m going to be hosting black pet appreciation month. I’ve done black cat appreciation and decided to include all black pets.. so if you have a dog, cat, guinea pig, hamster, lizard, goat, etc., and are interested in being a part of black pet appreciation month please comment, email me, message me on the facebook page, send a smoke signal.


I’ve got 29 spots I would like to fill and would love to share your pet’s story. :)




Black Cat Appreciation: Meet Dr. Love

Posted by yornma on September 10, 2015 in Animal Articles, Black Cats, Cats |
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Dr. Love, Rebel, Jake & Tia (mom) for letting me ask questions. Pictures were borrowed with permission. Please visit Dr. Love & family on his facebook page : Dr. Love


First may I ask how old you are?
I’m one year old. I was born in May 2014, in St. Petersburg Florida.
Where did your name come from?
The human I rescued last August was one of four admirers petting me (at PetSmart) the day we met. I was being passed from lap to lap. It was a pretty competitive situation! After choosing and going home with my new Mom, it became clear that I was the most affectionate, cuddly kitten she had ever known. By this time, I had already met some family friends, and my abundant cuddles were like medicine to humans. Mom made my name official five days after I rescued her. She named me after the song by KISS!
How did you become a doctor?
I was pretty much born into it. These days, I take continuing education at my home school so I stay current on the latest advances in cuddling.
I read you were rescued and live with Rebel & Jake, how do you all get along?
We love each other very much. They’re loads of fun! Most days, it’s like a zoo at our house. Jake really welcomed me from the first moment. He’s a nurturer and a playmate. Rebel and I do lots of wild playing. Even though she’s a girl, she’s a tough breed and very pure (F2 Savannah), so she keeps me on my toes. That said, Rebel loathes Jake, and Jake uses this to torment her whenever he can, by jumping out at her, etc…
Do you like to be held still?
I love, love, love being held. My favorite is being held like a baby – tummy up. Also it’s fun to be held upright, against a human shoulder, with my paw holding a human’s finger.
Other than running around at night and wrecking things, what else you like to do?
One of my hobbies is hunting bugs. The flying kind are the most challenging, and the most rewarding! Another activity I try to do often is practicing my mouse hunting. We don’t have any real mice, so I hunt toy ones. Often, an unfortunate toy mouse can be found lying in my food bowl after being “killed”!
I read you have a catio, how often are you out there?
I’m out there every day, without fail. I like to look at passing neighbors, and catch any stray lizards, frogs, or bugs foolish enough to invade my precious catio! Rebel is out there even more than I am. She guards it most afternoons.
Do you have any grooming tips for other house panthers?
Every speck of dust shows up on a house panther’s black fur. One thing that helps a lot is having a human run a comb through my coat every two days, especially during shedding season. We use flea combs because they are fine enough to remove a lot of loose hair and lint. Hold one section of fur tight and comb the undercoat, then the outer coat, and move on to the next section. Don’t forget the tail! My whole body takes a couple of minutes, provided I don’t start biting the comb. Comb biting is fun though. Oh, well. 
What would you like to say to the people who are cautious of adopting a black cat?
My message to anyone who thinks black cats are beautiful but scary: We black kitties are in no way bad luck. We are gentle, loving, and as a bonus, you can hug us without need for a lint roller! Believe it or not, that’s a MAJOR plus for most working humans. If you want to peek in on how we house panthers interact with the world, check out my Facebook page, and several of my house panther friends’ pages as well.
Do Rebel & Jake want to add anything about themselves?

Jake: I’m two years old and my favorite hobby is a game called “Treat Chase”. That’s where a human tosses treats one at a time and we catch or chase them down. I catch lots of treats right out of the air, with my huge fluffy paws.
Rebel: I’m three and a half, and I am a true athlete. I can jump 6 feet to catch toys and flying insects! I love to wrestle too. Out of the three cats, I am the closest to Mom. I follow her around everywhere — even when she’s cleaning.
Do you or your parents have anything to say about you?
Tia (Mom): Dr. Love is my first ever house panther. I couple of years ago, I got to know a close friend’s black kitty and could not get over how silly and warm he was. Then I heard this was common for black cats – a super-fun and affectionate personality. The day I was rescued by Dr. Love, three other people were competing with me. Somehow, I ended up with him, and the rest is history. I’ll finish with one secret almost no one knows about the little doc: he does not meow. He sweetly SQUEAKS!

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Extra Love Needed: Meet Odie

Posted by yornma on September 4, 2015 in Animal Articles, Cats, Extra Love Needed |
How did you come to live with your family?
It was July 2013. All I remember is me curled up, sitting in pain in a tiny garden of an apartment building. It was late at night and very dark. The human lady came was passing by and she saw me. I was in a very bad condition. Both of my eyes were very badly infected. I had fleas all over me. She stopped for a minute, saw that there are siblings and a mother cat in the little garden of that apartment and then walked away.
Next day, the human lady came back to check on me. She realised that my siblings are bigger than me in size, some of them had eye infections, they were playing with each other. The mother cat was in the garden too, lying in one corner. I was still curled up. There were plastic cups around the garden with spoiled food in them and water. She thought that people living in that apartment were trying to take care of us but they were not very successful at it.
She went back home, prepared a cardboard box for me, came back and put me in the box. The mother cat did not mind that. At that moment, the human lady thought maybe I am not one of them, somebody left me there to be taken care of by that mother cat.
She took me to the doctor’s clinic. She was planning to put me back on the street once I recovered and neutered. Stray cats are very common where I live. We had regular visits to the doctor, which I hated and I still hate. Through the doctor’s instructions, she applied all the treatments I needed, unfortunately they could not save my left eye, it was too late; it had to be removed. I have a blurry vision in my right eye. They worked hard to recover it but this is the best it can get.
After all these, the human lady became my human mom because she decided to adopt me, which I am grateful for.
Do you live with any other furry siblings?
Unfortunately no. I do not have any other siblings at home.
What is your favorite thing to do?
Playing with a piece of bread as if it is alive.
Is it hard for you to get around the house having blurry vision?
Not at all. I know the house by heart. When the human mom and dad take me to a new place, it takes only half an hour for me to learn every inch of that new place. But, it is funny, sometimes, during a play with my humans, I got very excited, and I ran like crazy from one room to another as I always do, and if someone accidentally changed the location of the chair on my way, I might bump into it, but I do not mind.
Do you take any medication for it?
No. The doctor said this the best my eye can get.
What would you like to tell people who are scared of adopting a one-eyed cat?
I would tell them that there is nothing to be scared of. We definitely move around like a two-eyed cat.
Two eyes, one-eyed, no eyes; does not matter. Adopting a cat will change your life in a very positive way. You will learn that we are special and each of us have our characteristics. If you are planning to adopt a cat please consider the disabled ones. We do not miss an eye, a leg or a tail, what we miss is love. Our love has no condition and we know yours don’t either.


Small Pets: Meet Moonpie & Kiwi

Posted by yornma on August 21, 2015 in Small Pets |

 Author’s Note: Many thanks to Moonpie & Kiwi’s mom for letting me ask questions. Pictures were used with permission. You can follow their adventures on their facebook page : Moonpie & Kiwi

What type of bunnies are you?

Hello its Moonpie. I am a white dwarf Lop-Eared Rabbit and my breathtaking girlfriend Kiwi is a dwarf tobiano in white with black markings (such a lovely natural „make-up“).


Where did your names come from?

Ohhh that’s a good story. My human „parents“ watched “The big bang theory” in TV.
In one episode came out that the grandma of Sheldon gave him the nickname “Moonpie“.
Sheldon said that his grandma called him that way because he is so sweet that she could eat him.
And so it comes that mom and dad called me Moonpie because I’m so sweet too.
The first time i met with Kiwi, she was a small, sweet, round beauty, like the fruit Kiwi
(now she is grown up, but still a sweet beauty, isn’t she ? :).


Do you two live in a cage together?

Yes we live together, but „cage“ is not really the right word for our home. 😉 My human „grandfather“ built a very large enclosure, which was planned and designed by my mom. One bunny should have 2 square meters available throughout the day. So our bunny mansion is nearly 170 cm (5.6 feet) high and 160cm (5 feet) wide. When mom or dad are home after work we have an additonal place in the huge living room, where we can play, sleep and jump around.


What do you like to do?
We like to do a lot of things. One of our favourites is playing with the snackball. We roll the ball across the floor and then drop out our treats. It’s a lot of fun. My mom buys often a tunnel of willow we can nibbling. Sometimes she also fills small paper bags with hay and little treats. While digging we have a lot of fun. To cuddle with Kiwi and to brush each other its also very nice.


Where are you favorite places to hide?

Our absolute favorite place is lying under the big couch.


Do you get baths often?

Oh no. No bunny must be bathed. Bunnies are very clean animals and groom themselves several times a day and if they have a partner they preen themselves also mutually. There are of course exceptions: is an animal sick or has very matted fur then you have to help.


What is your favorite foods?

Our favorite foods are fresh vegetables, and occasionally a bit of fruit. Parsley and dill are particularly yummy. We also love herbs, broccoli and carrots. Twice a day we get fresh fodder and throughout the day portions are hay. Hay is very important for tooth abrasion and for digestion.


What advice do you have for anyone who wants to adopt bunnies?

We Bunnies are not cuddle toys. We cuddle with you when we want. We need lots of space and definitely a partner. Otherwise we will quickly feel uncomfortable and become very sad and feeling lonely. Try not to buy animals from pet stores, in the majority they are all grown up under bad conditions and you only would support the horrible trade. There are really great and cute Bunnys in shelters, from reputable breeders or on farms. Even Bunnies need plenty of exercise and employment they are very intelligent animals which need to be busy with a lots of toys. Even small animals such as bunnies need your attention every day. If you are taking good care, they thank you for being one of the greatest and cutest animals.

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Extra Love Needed: Meet Matt the Blind Cat

Posted by yornma on August 14, 2015 in Animal Articles, Cats, Extra Love Needed |

may I ask how old you are? Where did your name come from? How did you come to live with your family? Were you born blind or did you have an accident to cause you to be blind? How long did it take you to learn your new surroundings? Do you live with any other fursiblings? What are your favorite things to do? What advice would you give to other cats like yourself looking for a permanent home? What advise would your humans like to give to those who are worried/concerned/scared about adopting a blind cat? Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself or your humans would like to share about you? Maybe I borrow pictures of you for the article? I will state they were used with permission. I will also link your facebook page. Thank you for your time.


I was rescued in Stephenville, Newfoundland. A lady found me huddled in the snow. She called Port Aux Basques and Area Scaredy Cat Rescue, who then got me to a vet. They thought I was approx. 4 months due to my size, but the vet determined I was roughly 8 weeks old at the time based on my teeth. I had pneumonia as well as upper respiratory infection, conjunctivitis etc. My eyes were so infected, they swollen shut. As they healed the vet realized that I had been born with eyes that hadn’t formed properly. My rescuers called me “Matt Murdock” after Daredevil the blind comic book character. After a few months of healing I was adopted by a gentleman in Cornerbrook. Sadly a few month later our house burned down. One of my kitty brothers died. I was then found the next day in the basement of my house soaked and terrified. I had severe smoke inhalation. I then returned to my previous foster home where I spent many months recovering from the trauma of the fire. It took me a long time to recover from that and it broke my foster parents hearts. I had been such a loving fella when I left and returned scared and withdrawn. They then decided I would stay with them forever because it took so long for me to settle in their home again, to send me to yet another would have been hard on me. It doesn’t take me long to map out a room. Usually within one day I have it memorized. I climb the cat trees just like my furry siblings (I have 7 others kitties living in my home), I can navigate just as well up onto the furniture as they do. Sometimes something might be left on the floor like a suitcase, box etc and I just feel it with my whiskers and go around. I spend lots of time on the Victrola greeting people who come visit us. My forever mom and dad run the rescue so we have lots of visitors! Besides lounging I love playing with soft balls…I carry them around in my mouth. MY favorite thing to do is bumming vittles from my humans. My nose is super strong so I can smell all their good food. My advice for other kitties who are blind is just be yourself and let your true self shine. Change may be scary, but when your forever home comes through its the best feeling ever! While the thought of adopting a special needs cat might seem to be a lot to take on, really having Matt has been no different then having any other cat in our home. As long as we’re not moving the furniture around drastically he does quite well. We’ve made small furniture adjustments in the livingroom, and it he mapped it out quite quickly. Feel free to send us anymore questions you may have. Also take whatever pics you need. I’ll be posting more in the next day or so. Thanks so much for sharing Matts story. Hopefully in convinces others to consider adopting a bling kitty. =^.^= Matt, Bob and Kat

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Small Pets: Meet Lola

Posted by yornma on August 13, 2015 in Animal Articles, Small Pets |

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Lola’s parents for letting me ask questions about her. Pictures were used with permission. Please visit her facebook page – Lola’s World.



 How old is Lola & what type of bird is she?

Lola is a 9 year old Lutino Cockatiel.


Does she live with any other pets? 

Lola lives in Coastal Virginia with her family which also includes a pet hedgehog named Cactus. She has also lived with cats and a dog in the past.


Where did her name come from?

Her name was selected by her family’s daughter and matches her personality.


Does Lola speak & what does she like to do?

Lola is a quiet bird and doesn’t talk. (which is true with many female birds) She enjoys spending time out of her cage and in the screened porch. From the porch she can watch the other birds outside and the neighbor’s cat. She also has other bird friends that will visit when their owners are out of town.

Lola loves attention from her family and wants be where there is activity. She loves to eat millet and pretzels with no salt. Lola was hand fed as a baby and is very tame…her bites do not hurt. She loves having her head scratched and will beg for it to be done. She comes out of her cage when she wants and remains out when her family is home to supervise.


What would you like to say to people considering having a bird as a pet?

Birds are great pets…both beautiful to look at and entertaining. Please remember that buying a bird is a long term commitment and not for everyone. Many bird species live well over 50 years and they also require love and attention. Many birds will bond with their owners while other bond to other birds. I always suggest to anyone thinking about buying a bird or any pet do research and make an informed decision. If you select a cockatiel like Lola and you invest your time and love for your new pet you will be rewarded with their love in return.

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Black Cat Appreciation: Meet Obie

Posted by yornma on August 7, 2015 in Animal Articles, Black Cats, Cats |
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Obie and his humans for letting me interview him. Hopefully this made him feel better as he tried to submit his photo to be published in Catster, but unfortunately did not make the cut. If you want to follow him & his siblings, they have a facebook page called: The Candy-Corn Kittens.  Pictures were used with permission. 
 Obie 3
“May I ask how old you are sir?”
 I was born in 2008, so that makes me 7 years old! I was adopted from a great no-kill rescue called Salem Friends of Felines in Salem, Oregon. I was one of four black kittens rescued, along with our kitty mommy, from behind a pizza restaurant in Salem. All four of us kittens had upper respiratory problems, and we kept making each other sick; whenever one of us would get healthy we would catch it again!
“How did you come to live with your forever family?”
Our humans had lost four cats between January 2007 and May 2008; Tabby was 20, Misty Kitty was 18, Lucky was 17 and Christmas Kitty was 11 (he had cancer.) They had adopted a Lynx-Point Siamese from Salem Friends of Felines in February 2008; her name is Meeshka. And in May they adopted me. When my daddy was a child his neighbors had a black cat named Bulungus, and he always said he was going to have a black cat someday and name it Bulungus. My full name is Obsidian Bulungus; they call me Obie for short.
“How many fursiblings do you have?”
I have seven feline siblings! Meeshka, Mackenzie, Reggie, Phoebe, Zen, Whiskey Pete and Tigger. Mackenzie is the oldest; he’s about fourteen. Reggie and Phoebe are orange and white cats also known as The Candy-Corn Kittens, and they have their own Facebook page. (But all of us appear on the page; they’re very good at sharing!) 
Obie 1
“You are quite handsome sir; would you like to share your grooming techniques?”
Thank you! I pride myself on my handsomeness! And do you know what’s really cool about my fur? At the base, it’s gray! I’m what is known as a Smoke Tabby; if you brush me backwards my fur looks gray. As far as grooming techniques go, I’m a pretty basic fellow; I just use the good old-fashioned tongue. Several of my siblings also help with my grooming, so I manage to stay handsome!
“What do you like to do for fun?”
 I am a pretty active cat! I am an indoor-only cat, as are all my fursiblings, but we have a lot of toys, as well as a big cat castle we can climb and benches at all the windows so we can see outside. My favorite toys are the plastic springs; I whap them all over the house, and I never know which way they are going to bounce! It’s fun! 
“What would you like to say to all the other black cats out there?”
 Being a black cat, I know how difficult it can be to get adopted, and I know all the silly superstitions surrounding us. All I can say is to never give up! There are humans who love us just the way we are, and they are working hard to spread the word that black cats are just the same as all other cats! The only difference between us and other cats is pigment. We give love like other cats, and we deserve love like other cats. So hold your heads up and be brave; the time is coming when we will be appreciated like we deserve!
“Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself or your family?”
 I have a great family. My humans spoil me and my fursiblings, and they work hard so we can live a carefree life! My older brother Mackenzie has diabetes, and gets insulin twice a day, but he’s doing great! Tigger is the newest member of the family; he showed up at the door in the spring with a bad wound on his shoulder, but now he’s healthy, and he’s a troublemaker! Whiskey Pete recently published a book about us, called “The Cats of Shaftesbury Cottage.” It’s available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and as an eBook! 
 Obie 2
Thanks for taking the time to interview me! I’m a really happy cat right now!

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Extra Love Needed: Meet Snoopy

Posted by yornma on July 31, 2015 in Animal Articles, Extra Love Needed |
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Snoopy’s mom for answering the questions. You can follow his journey on his facebook page – Snoopy Whoopie -. Pictures used with permission.
Snoopy Snoopy was born on August 24th of 2011 at our home . We never knew of his condition maybe until 2 weeks after birth When I saw him I knew he was my special little angel. We kept him and his sister Lady and he also has a brother named shaggy who we gave a home.
How does he normally get around?
Snoopy normally gets around without his wheels due to the stairs and we have outside. Kinda steep and dangerous for him to be on his wheels.
When did he get his first set of wheels?
Snoopy got his first wheel said maybe around April or May of last year. Snoopy he’s gotten some what used to his wheel. He’s not 100% there but still working process. He practice at least when we try to practice three times a week for 30 minutes or as long as he can handle it. When he gets tired he’ll get of them and rest for good while or for the rest of the day.
What is his favorite thing to do?
  His favorite things to do is eat and of course play with the cats.
What advise does your mom have for people who want to adopt a dog that is missing a leg (or two?)
My advice to people that want to adopt a special needs pets do it. I think that’s the best thing you can ever do. It just feels right and they need love too. When you do it it makes you view life a whole different way. Just remember just because they are different does not mean there no good. It just means there special little angel that can give you lots of love. Snoopy and his furry family are my everything and it makes me happy that they are happy.


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Extra Love Needed: Meet Scooter

Posted by yornma on July 9, 2015 in Animal Articles, Extra Love Needed |

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Scooter’s Mom for letting me bombard her with questions. Please stop by Scooter‘s page and give her mom some love as she is missing her furbaby dearly. Many thanks to Miss Tami for letting me borrow pictures for the article. 



How did Scooter come into your life? 
Scooter was found on Oct 31, 2014 under a pile of brush. I had heard her softly crying the night before, but could not locate her. I actually thought I was looking for a injured bird.
The next morning I got up and went out I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. 
It had gotten down to the below 30s that night.. I didn’t think it would have survived. 
As I stepped outside and let my dogs out, I hear her crying, this time a bit more loudly. 
I tracked her to the brush pile and asked a neighbor to help me get in to it, as it was on his side of the fence.. I told him, Something is in there crying, as we tore the branches away he spotted her all nestled up against a pile of bagged leaves. Poor little baby. She was shivering. I brought her inside and wrapped her in a warm towel, as well as my sweater. She was so cold.

My daughter and I got into the car and went and bought her supplies, formula, and what not. Thank you to Iowa Pet Foods & Seascapes for all your help! 
We then noticed after we got her home that her back legs weren’t working, she was pulling herself with her front legs.
So off to the vet we went. Turns out she is a very healthy lucky kitten who was a bit dehydrated but otherwise in good health. According to the vet she was born a paraplegic, therefore, that is why we think her mama left her. 
The vet had taken xrays and noticed her joints in her hind legs were all backwards and  her pelvis is extremely small and he predicted that she would not live past  6 months of age due to her organs being crowded. Due to being a paraplegic she has no control over her bodily functions so she does wear a diaper.

Scoot aka Baaby, is now a active and busy 8 month old kitten. She has really no issues at this time, other than she for some reason has begun to chew her foot. We are not sure why she is doing this so we currently keep it covered and that helps her leave it alone.

Is she on a special diet? 

Scoot is on a normal dry cat food. I cant switch her diet up as it gives her really bad diarrhea. She eats “Fromm” Cat food.
Did she have to do any physical therapy or medication?

We did PT with her when she was a baby using water therapy and moving her muscles.. over time her hips and legs began to stiffen more and eventually fused so that they no longer bend. No medication is needed for her condition. She is in no pain.
How does she get around?
She gets around on her bum… by scooting…  :) Her favorite activity is going down the stairs and meowing for me to come get her as she cant get back up by herself.. but going down is so much fun for her.. :)
Does she have any fursiblings?
Scooter is the baby of the family.. she has 3 older furbaby dogs.. Rosco who is 12, Carli who is 6 and Zoe who is 3. They love to watch over her and really snuggle with her when its nap time… We also have 3 geckos and 2 fish tanks.
What would you like to tell other cats that need extra love? 
Don’t give up, keep fighting… there is someone out there who loves you, they just may not have found you yet.
This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Scooter
Fly free sweetheart, know you will never be forgotten and you will always be loved.

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Extra Love Needed: Meet Bounce

Posted by yornma on July 3, 2015 in Animal Articles |

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Bounce & her caretaker. :) If you are interested in reading more abut CH Cats, I have included two articles at the bottom of the interview.


Thank you so much for letting me interview you. 

-My pleasure! I love talking with all my friends, especially if they are snuggling me!

First, where did your name come from?
-At first, the wonderful people at Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary called me “Blip”, which was because I think they just didn’t quite understand me.  I was just a baby, so my words still didn’t quite come out right.  When daddy found me, though, and asked my name, he understood.  He’s had kitties for a loooooong time. (He’s old, you know)
I have the name “Bounce”, though, because I don’t move quite right.  I bounce and flop around some because I have something called Cerebellar Hypoplasia (or CH for short).  It varies in severity with different kitties, but basically the Cerebellum didn’t develop quite right, so it seems like we CH kitties are drunk all the time.  Some of us just walk a little stiff legged, or high step.  Some of us can’t walk at all.  I’m somewhere in the middle.  But I still get around just fine and use the kitty box okay… most of the time.
How did you come to live with your dad?
-Well, my daddy and mommy came to Best Friends Adoption Center looking for a calico, but as soon as daddy saw me, he fell in love and took me up to the counter to adopt me.  I thought that was funny, because he wasn’t supposed to do that. He was supposed to have the really awesome helpers there get me out of the little house and bring me up.
Do you do any therapy to help your balance?
-Not specifically.  Sometimes daddy or someone will give me a treat, and because I can’t really keep my head steady sometimes, it’s hard to pick up.  When that happens, the figured out that if they just put a couple fingers on the back of my head and neck, I’m able to get the treats a lot easier.  I also fall over a lot more when I get excited, so when that happens, they just talk to me or stop me for a second and calm me down.  Mostly, though, I just get to run around and get strong and play how I play.  It’s a little different, but I still have a lot of fun and do just fine.
Did your dad make any adjustments to your home to make sure you don’t hurt yourself?
-Not really.  A few little things, like making sure I don’t get by the stairs by shutting that door, and moving some of the harder things that I could bonk my head against if I’m trying to run, but otherwise I mostly just flop my sides against the walls and stuff.  They keep a good eye on me though and learned very quickly that even though I can’t jump, I can climb great!  Daddy was so funny, the first few times he saw me figure out how to get OFF of the bed or couch.  I learned to grab on with my hands and sort of flop my butt to the floor then let go.  I know they love me a lot and will always make sure I’m okay, even if I get huffy and grumpy when they try to help me.  I’m a very independant kitty.
Do you have any fur siblings you live with?
-I sure do!  Eden is a very pretty grey kitty, and Ken-Oki and Ryo-Oki are “tuxedo cats”.  Eden took a little while to warm up to me, but she’s a super hero to me.  She’s so graceful and fast and smart!  Now she loves me, and I love her a whole bunch.  The Okis are a lot older, they’re 14 now, almost 15.  Ken-Oki is the more friendly one, and we will hang out together a little bit sometimes.  Ryo is super pretty, but very shy.  She’s really nice, but we don’t interact a whole lot.

What would you or your dad like to tell people about ch?
Hi everyone, James here now.  If I could tell people about CH cats, I would tell everyone that CH is NOT contagious.  CH cats are generally not helpless at all, unless it is very severe.  I would also say that CH cats are just like any other cat, they are just wobbly.  They are lovable, sweet, and although physically not quite as capable they seem to be outlandishly clever.  There are a couple concessions one needs to make with CH cats, such as making sure that they can eat and drink okay, and occasionally giving them a bath, if they fall into the litter box incorrectly.  I’ve found that a Litter Maid litter box works great to fix that last issue though.  CH cats make GREAT lap cats, because they are comfortable laying down and leaning against things for support.  Most importantly though, they just want to be loved and have a forever home with people who care about them, just like every other kitty out there.

What is your favorite thing to do?
-Cuddle!  I love to cuddle!  I also like eating… a LOT!  I use a lot of energy just getting around.  With the way I move, I essentially travel twice as far, sometimes more, to get somewhere.  It’s also made me super strong though.  I even like to go on car rides!  Traveling is super duper fun!

Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself?
-About myself, no.  I just want to reinforce what daddy said about adopting CH kitties.  Don’t walk away from us just because we move a little funny.  We are an adventure unto ourselves, as we don’t know where we are going all the time, and when we play we don’t really have any idea where our toys are going to end up.  We’re just a little different physically, but we are still wonderful, smart, loving cats who want to share your life and your heart.  So please, when looking to adopt a kitty, don’t shun one just because it has a difference.  Just because a kitty might be missing an eye or a leg or is clumsy or deaf, doesn’t mean it doesn’t still have a heart and a lot of love to give you.

What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia?

Cerebellar Hypoplasia (cer·e·bel·lar hy·po·pla·sia) is a disorder found in cats and dogs which causes jerky movements, tremors, and generally uncoordinated motion, just like ataxic cerebral palsy in humans.  A cat with CH often falls down and has trouble walking or cannot seem to walk at all.  CH in cats is non-progressive, meaning it does not get worse with age.

Cerebellar Hypoplasia occurs when the cerebellum, the part of the brain which controls fine motor skills and coordination, is not completely mature at birth.  Symptoms of CH can usually be seen immediately at birth.

Cerebellar Hypoplasia is most commonly caused by the kitten’s mother contracting the Panleukopenia virus while pregnant. If the mother passes on the virus during the end of pregnancy, the kittens can be born with CH. Kittens with CH are not infected with or carriers of the Panleukopenia virus, it has only stunted their cerebellum’s growth while in the womb. Cerebellar Hypoplasia can also occur if a trauma, including malnutrition, occurs to the kittens while in the womb.

Cats with Cerebellar Hypoplasia are often euthanized, as people misunderstand the condition as being painful and/or contagious.  However, they have a normal life expectancy and are very affectionate, sweet, and loving.  They return the extra care they need with an intense love for and bond with their adoptive families.

The Truth About CH Cats

At this time, many veterinary and rescue professionals are still unaware of CH.  Many CH cats are needlessly euthanized before given a chance at a proper diagnosis and life, making it harder for awareness about the condition to grow.

Cats with CH:

  • Are not in any pain
  • Are not contagious
  • Have a normal life expectancy
  • Live happy, healthy lives
  • Learn to adapt their abilities and compensate over  time
  • Can be spayed/neutered safely
  • Need to be indoor-only & should never be declawed
  • May require no extra care, or a great deal of extra care, depending on their severity
  • Can be more prone to accident-related injuries, like chipped teeth or broken nails


Severity Levels of CH Cats


Cats with mild CH are very capable and require little to no extra care.


  • Unusual gait (high step or waddle)
  • Occasional balance loss
  • May have subtle head tremors when excited or stressed


  • Walk
  • Run
  • Jump
  • Stairs

Special Care:

  • Cannot live outdoors
  • May prefer a modified litter box with high sides
  • Prefer carpet or rugs, but not a necessity



Cats with moderate CH can get around on their own, but one end of their body may appear to be doing something else than the other end.


  • Walk with legs splayed in a wide stance
  • Frequent balance loss, falls
  • Noticeable head tremors, especially when excited or stressed


  • Walk short distances
  • Expert climbers

Special Care:

  • Cannot live outdoors
  • Prefer a modified litter box with high sides to support themselves against; can be messier than non-CH cats
  • Have an easier time balancing on carpet or rugs
  • Raised food & water dishes
  • Modified furniture to protect them from getting hurt when they fall (e.g. adding bumpers)


Cats with severe CH cannot walk on their own and require a great deal of special care.


  • Cannot walk or stand
  • Flip and Flop to get around
  • Constant head tremors


  • Expert climbers

Special Care:

  • Cannot live outdoors
  • May need help using the litter box;  prefer a modified litter box with high sides or pee-pee pads
  • Prefer carpet to help grip and propel themselves forward
  • May need help getting set up at their food dish
  • Modified furniture to protect them from getting hurt when they fall (e.g. adding bumpers)
  • Are ideal candidates for wheelchairs, which can help improve mobility and coordination

7 Things You Should Know About Cerebellar Hypoplasia

1. CH arises because of exposure to a virus or prenatal trauma

If a pregnant cat is exposed to the virus — or the vaccine — for panleukopenia late in her pregnancy, the developing kittens’ brains can be affected. But not every kitten in a panleukopenia-exposed litter will develop CH. The condition can also be caused by prenatal trauma, including malnutrition.

2. Kittens are born with the condition

You may be able to see right away that a kitten has CH because she doesn’t seem to be able to get herself into the right position for anything. If you don’t notice it at birth, you’ll certainly notice something is amiss once the kittens start crawling and walking around.

3. There are different levels of severity

Cats with mild CH have few symptoms. They may have a slightly waddling gait, but they’re quite capable of getting around like other cats. Moderate CH is a bit more challenging for cats because they can’t seem to get their whole body to work together sometimes, and they tend to have a splayed walk. When stressed, they can develop head tremors or have more difficulty getting around. Cats with severe CH need a lot of special care: They typically can’t walk on their own, have almost constant head tremors, and flip and flop to get around.

4. CH is not a progressive condition

A cat’s cerebellar hypoplasia isn’t going to get worse over time. It’s not going to get better, either, but as a cat learns to adapt to the condition it can appear that she’s improving. Physical therapy and hydrotherapy can help a CH cat to adapt to her disability.


5. CH is not contagious

There’s no reason to fear bringing a CH cat into your home, because your other cats won’t catch the disease. CH is congenital — kittens are born with it — and don’t acquire it later in life.

6. CH cats can live with non-CH cats

It may take a little while for a non-CH cat to get used to a CH cat’s body language, since CH cats don’t move like ordinary cats, but CH kitties can be integrated into a household just like any other cats.

7. CH cats have a normal life expectancy

Cerebellar hypoplasia is not a life-shortening condition. Although their lack of coordination can increase their risk of injuries, it does not predispose them to any other illnesses.

There’s no reason to be scared of cats with cerebellar hypoplasia. They don’t suffer, they’re not in pain, and they love and purr just as much as ordinary cats.

If you are interested in adopting a ch cat, please visit – http://chcat.org/

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