Dog Befriends Disabled Kitten

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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.

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.”

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 β€” and in some cases, owners say that their cats become more capable over time.

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.

Regarding the missing tail, this is how Ralphee was found. The father is a Manx.

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-cerebellar-hypoplasia/
http://www.felinecerebellarhypoplasia.com
www.chcat.org

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Comments

Kawaii Potato says:

That cat is freaking cute

Dennis Smith says:

556 PEOPLE HAVE NO SOUL (As of 5th November 2017)

Jana Koch says:

Armes Katzenkind…Es ist krank ..Das ist nicht niedlich

chivalry says:

reminds me of a bobble head

IhrhurensΓΆhne Fickteuch says:

Dogmeat? Is that you?

Mel Teague says:

CH, or wobbly kitten syndrome.

Mike says:

She's a little bobble head 😭 how precious πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­πŸ–€

Sebi Trains says:

Looks like it's saying "NO!" all the time it see the dog LOL

Kurliz Makara says:

The cat has become a meme "heedee I'm a dog". 1:18

Justin Taylor says:

That cat is indian, not disabled.

Ali Bird says:

That Head Wobbling Is Adorable! 😊

Sean Moran says:

i could see how this is cute but it would totally also creep me out. im imagining watching a scary movie and then looking over at my cat who acts all possessed

Pat66 Herbert66 says:

I got dizzy watching this sweet kitty! Good thing she has a bestie as her protector!!

Sceptile Boi says:

nature can be cruel, but i love when unlikly freinds make freinds

BJae Corvinus says:

WOW, I just love this Kitty and the dog together, BEAUTIFUL.

Thank you for educating us as well regarding CH in cats. Not knowing what was wrong with the kitten at first, my heart just broke for her.

I'm so glad it's not a progressive disorder and that Ralphee can live a full life.

Thank you for doing all you doing amazing cat an amazing dog in JESUS NAME…

Hugs…….

Teresa Mora says:

What a wonderful friendship they've got going on there. So sweet.

Ray Espinoza says:

That dog seriously looks loyal.

Rena Massey says:

Despite his handicap, the kitty seems happy and playful.

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