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Monday, February 15, 2016

The Specials: Adopting A Wobbly Cat

Welcome to week nine of The Specials, a new series focusing on special needs pet adoption. Senior pets, those with chronic medical issues, behavioral or temperament concerns as well as overlooked or misunderstood breeds like Pit Bulls and black cats. If not for the kindness, courage, and compassion of their adopters, many of these animals would have been euthanized in shelters or died alone and hungry on the streets. Please check out past special needs adoption posts here.

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At four months old, Wobbles found herself abandoned and alone at Chicago's Animal Care and Control (CACC). Wobbles first caught Katherine's attention because she was making a funny, honking sound. Her cage card labeled her as a suspected Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH) cat.  Katherine knew a CH kitty would not survive long at CACC so she brought her home to foster, but within three days, she knew Wobbles would stay with her forever. 


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Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a disorder in which the cerebellum doesn't develop completely before birth. The cerebellum region of the brain controls balance and coordination and thus, cats with CH have mild to severe motor control issues as well as tremors. CH kitties are generally wobbly and unsteady and sometimes topple over when walking - hence the nickname "Wobbly Cat Syndrome".  However, CH kitties do not experience any pain or long term health concerns as a result of their condition. Like other cats, they can live long, happy lives and develop strong bonds with their human and furry families. 

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Wobbles has mild CH. She pulls herself up on the bed and couch using her nails. Sometimes when she tries to jump, she just bounces in place. She occasionally runs into things and falls over, but quickly picks herself up and goes about her business. Wobbles loves people and other cats and is pretty much the resident therapy cat for anyone in need. Most importantly, she never lets anything hold her back and doesn't realize or care that she is different. 


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Wobbles shares her home with another wobbly cat named Fawkes. Fawkes is not a CH kitty. Tragically, his issues are the result of human cruelty. When he was a year old, he was turned into DuPage County Animal Control after being found buried under cinder blocks. He suffered a broken femur and his hip joints were shattered. Like Wobbles, Fawkes is a little unsteady on his feet and his tail and hips remain slightly crooked and off-kilter.

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In addition to his coordination issues, Fawkes has a history of pancreatitis. He also started off as a foster cat, but after seeing him through several bouts of pancreatitis, Katherine made things permanent and adopted him. Although Fawkes has suffered unimaginable pain, he remains gentle and loving. Because pancreatitis can appear without warning, Katherine says she has learned to tune into his needs on a much deeper level and as a result, their bond is incredibly strong.

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Katherine says both Wobbles and Fawkes have taught her to live in the moment. Neither cat lets their issues hold them back and both seem comfortable with their strengths and limitations. Their confidence, courage, independence, and, in Fawkes' case, forgiveness, is truly inspiring. Katherine wishes others would open their hearts and homes to special needs cats like Wobbles and Fawkes. 

You can learn more about Fawkes and Wobbles by following them on Instagram.  Please also check out Grassroots Animal Rescue, the wonderful organization for which Katherine fosters. For more information on Cerebellar Hypoplasia, please visit our friends at The Kitty Cat Chronicles. 

Please consider fostering or adopting a special needs animal because different is beautiful and second chances are amazing. If you enjoyed this post, please check out my posts on adopting a deaf dog and adopting a survivor of abuse


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41 comments

  1. They are both so beautiful and we are so glad they have a wonderful home with Katherine.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  2. Who could resist such a cutie ! She has such a beautiful face and on top a good character so such a disease is bearable ! My old Pookie has arthritis and doesn't jump anymore neither she helps herself also with her claws !

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  3. We are so happy for Wobbles and Fawkes! Bless you Miss Katherine!

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  4. CH pets can make such good pets! Paws way up to Katherine to seeing past the wobbles to the wonderful companion kitty. She sounds like a really special human.

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  5. What a wonderful lady Katherine is looking after these extra special Push-T-Cats, luffs you Katherine
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  6. I'm so glad they found a human with a golden heart.... hugs to Katherine!

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  7. Hari OM
    Two more winners in the hi-stakes game of life!!! YAM xx

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  8. I had never heard of CH. Katherine is wonderful. My hat off to her this morning for helping two beautiful cats!

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  9. What a beautiful story! Katherine is an amazing person to adopt these two amazing kitties. Both are just so precious.

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  10. Wobbles and Fawkes are both adorable! Thank you for sharing their story and for helping to spread the word about CH. Thanks also for linking to us! :) Love this series you are doing!!!

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  11. Wobbles and Fawkes are both beautiful, and they are so lucky to have Katherine. Brave kitties like Wobbles and Fawkes inspire me so much. And, stories like this and people like Katherine give me hope in humanity. Thank you for yet another wonderful story about the amazing special animals in this world.

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  12. Ohhhh we have several kitty friends with CH...one at Kitty Chronicles even goes out walking about on a leash. Nuttin' stops Sophie. We love visiting here and reading your inspiring stories of love and devotion. You write them just like they are your stories....so caring
    Dang old blogger is not showing my post today but we did do a post!
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  13. What great photos! Always like a story that ends in a furever home!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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  14. thanks for featuring these two kitties....both special in their own ways

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  15. They are BOTH Beautiful and we are so happy that they have found the PURRRRRfect home to be in.

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  16. Awww, that is just so lovely to adopt a wobbly cat (I had to smile at the title :)
    Lynne x

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  17. What a wonderful post and what a great person you are to take in these two cats. We sure do thank you many times over.

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  18. That's a sad, happy story. We're so glad both cats were adopted.

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  19. Thank you for telling us about these two wobbly but wonderful cats. Seems like we have much to learn from them and their lovely carer Katherine.
    Cheers.
    Gail and Bertie.

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  20. What a sweet lady Katherine is. We have a couple of wobbly pugs due to old age
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel and Mabel

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  21. Paws up to Miss Katherine for giving Wobbles and Fawkes a wonderful home.

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  22. Thank you, Miss Katherine, for adopting these two special kitties and giving the a wonderful home.

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  23. I've never heard of CH before. Thanks to Katherine for taking such excellent care of Wobbles and Fawkes and giving them a loving home.

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  24. They are both such beautiful cats. I especially love Wobbles. Who could not give such a pretty cat a beautiful home

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  25. I really enjoy these "Specials" posts. My heart breaks for Fawkes. Humans can be so very cruel. Thank God for wonderful people that open their hearts and homes to these wonderful pets.

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  26. itz total lee awesum two meet ewe both wobbles & fawkes....ewe both R total lee awesum N we R buzzed happee ya finded yur for everz with yur mom ....we waz gonna menshun ta chex out sophie's blog ...then we saw ewe beet uz two it !!! ♥♥♥

    oh, N fawkes.... we iz mega sorree....who ever did that two ewe...we haz sum cinder blox & then sum .....for them ~~~~

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  27. Fawkes' story breaks my heart. I am glad these 2 have a loving forever home.

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  28. Again another amazing story of awesome Peeps and amazing Kitties finding each other. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  29. I'm so glad that these two kitties found a loving home together. Special needs cats are precious and they make perfect companions for the right people. It absolutely breaks my heart that humans can be so evil as to do things like what was done to Fawkes. I'm sending prayers to their whole little family for continued health and happiness.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  30. Beautiful cat. I'm glad she found a great home. We have a very camera shy thre legged cat

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  31. Katherine is a very special lady. Wobbles and Fawkes are special too! Thanks for continuing this amazing Specials series and for sharing this beautiful story with us - it's so uplifting!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  32. Wobbly cats are very special and we're a big fan of Sophie from Kitty Cat Chronicles. I'm enjoying the specials series, it's a great idea!

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  33. I love that you're educating about these wonderful kitties. They're so determined to just live their life, it's inspiring.

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  34. Wonderful story and as I always say no one is perfect - thank you for sharing

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  35. They are very lucky kitties to have such a loving human. Who among us doesn't wobble a little?

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  36. Thanks for sharing this very important message. I will tweet it out, too.

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  37. We love your series "The Specials"!! Bringing awareness to special needs pets is SO important!!

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  38. We're learning more and more about wobbly cats. Mom Paula has met Sophie who lives with Emily and is a wobbly kitty. Sophie is adorable and gets around well.

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  39. Great post. It will help people realize how 'special' these companions are.

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