Tardy Peebucket is a pretty big deal. He’s the founding kitty of the CH Kitty Club, president of the CH Kitty Club Yahoo group and the CH Kitty Club Newsletter. It’s absolutely incredible how much Tardy (along with his mom Lizzie) has done to spread cerebellar hypoplasia awareness!
Here’s a closer look at the cat who helped start it all:
How old are you?
I [turned] 14 on March 1. It’s really my Mom’s birthday, but we didn’t have a definite date, so we share : ) I *am* the proof that we CH kitties can and *do* live long healthy lives!
How severe is your CH?
I am moderate to severe. I can walk, but I tumble a lot. Mom calls me and Ziggy her “stumble bums.” Sometimes I do back flips. I can’t use a litter box; I use a paper tray.
Do you have any funny stories that have happened to you because of CH? Or perhaps a story about how you figured out how to do something CH kitties may not be able to do?
Well, we learned that I can’t ever do stairs by breaking my sternum, I guess that’s not too funny, but it sure was a life lesson!
Have you ever hurt yourself because of your CH?
Often Mom says she would love to have a full body x-ray done on me : P I dislocated my hip a few years ago, and after it was fixed, it popped out again. My body then formed a fake hip, because my body is amazing!
Has your mom found any ways to help you with your condition?
Mom and Dad are always thinking of stuff to help me and Ziggy. One is the wonderful foam tiles in our room! A really great thing they did a few months ago was move us into a really big one-story house, so we can get tons more exercise! Mom makes us run down the hall every day for exercise, and I usually win. Mom also set up a “special” place in her bathroom just for me, with lots of fluffy bedding, and it’s really warm in there! We also get a very heavy water dish, which we can fall into but not knock over, and we get our wet food on flat plates.
What do you think people need to know about CH?
WE WANT TO LIVE!!! In 1997 it seemed pretty standard for vets to euthanize us, and sadly it’s still done far too often.
What is your favorite and least favorite thing about having CH?
Well, we *do* get the most attention : P
Do you have any words of wisdom for other CH parents?
Go with the flow, we don’t make the messes on purpose. We love you all the time, and depend on you to love us with all your heart.