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Ellie’s Mobility Continues to Improve

October 9, 2011

In the past month and a half that Ellie’s been in our lives, we’ve seen a dramatic change in how she gets around our home.

This is actually a tremendously wonderful accomplishment, as when she first came home I was terribly worried that she’d always have a hard time on our hardwood floors. But she decided to show me!

Here are three video examples of how Ellie gets around. The first two clips (the first 9 seconds or so) shows how she can easily lose control in her hind legs, but if she slows down and takes deliberate steps, she can get around without a problem.

As you can see, it appears her issue is her hind legs aren’t quite sure what to do. They slip out under her often. We think playtime/exercise will help build up her muscles, which will help prevent that a bit.

The rest of the video shows what happens when she gets a bit too excited! (This is also reminiscent of when she was a kitten.) Her legs go in every direction, although at one point here she actually gallops(!), and she ends up losing control. But no matter, she’s a tough kitten and wasn’t hurt a bit!

I also love how CG is in a few of these shots. Compared to Ellie, he almost walks around like a normal cat! But like her, if he tries to get somewhere in a hurry, you can be sure that he loses control too!

If you’ve adopted a kitten with cerebellar hypoplasia, have you noticed a change or improvement in their ability to get around?

If your kitty continuously has a hard time getting around on your hardwood floors, check out these six places to have floor coverings in your home. It can really help!

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