Dog Befriends Disabled Kitten

Ralphee the kitten and Max the cattle dog are an odd couple who seem besotted with each other’s company after they were introduced following Ralphee’s rescue from a barn at a horse stable.

Dog Befriends Disabled Kitten - cerebellar hypoplasia

Ralphee’s condition is a neurological disorder known as feline cerebellar hypoplasia. A kitten is born with “CH” when their cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth.

These cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk, which is why they’re known endearingly as “wobbly cats.”

Dog Befriends Disabled Kitten - cerebellar hypoplasia

Unless a CH cat has other health issues, their life expectancy is the same as a cat’s without CH. Since the condition is non-progressive, it will never get worse — and in some cases, owners say that their cats become more capable over time.

Dog Befriends Disabled Kitten - cerebellar hypoplasia

Ever since Ralphee was brought home, Max is never far away. He appears to be forever curious and watches over Ralphee wherever she goes. Ralphee is growing more mischievous by the day and loves to see what Max is doing as well. She will often get excited when he is nearby and leap in the air before playfully charging in his direction.

Dog Befriends Disabled Kitten - cerebellar hypoplasia

Despite her condition, Ralphee is a happy cat who, like most kittens loves affection and causing all sorts of trouble wherever she goes.

More info on feline cerebellar hypoplasia:
http://lifewithchcats.com/what-is-cer…
http://www.felinecerebellarhypoplasia…
www.chcat.org 

Dog Befriends Disabled Kitten - cerebellar hypoplasia

MEDIA: Images available for download on dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/505xixym5q…

Camera Assist: Rachael Wasiak

Created by Adam Cox
https://twitter.com/AdamCox17

Source: Wakaleo

9 thoughts on “Dog Befriends Disabled Kitten

  1. We have loved this story from the first time we saw them. Thanks for the extra info on Ralphee’s condition. Have known little ones with similar conditions and they are extra special.

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