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Meet Tardy

November 8, 2011

Tardy_080513bTardy 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.

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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.

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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.

Click here to read about other readers’ CH cats or tell us about your CH cat!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. JacquieB permalink
    November 8, 2011 5:22 pm

    ((((HUGS)))) and ****KISSES**** to Tardy!

  2. November 9, 2011 8:44 am

    Tardy–thanks so much for sharing your story! And what a great idea your mom had, using those foam pads! I have a question…curious if anyone else has ever noticed a decrease in mobility/strength in a CH cat? Our Elf seems to be showing a little less strength in her back legs, relying far more now on her front legs to get her around, even though in the last month we’ve been working on getting her more exercise. Thanks!

    • November 9, 2011 8:53 am

      I’m curious about this too (it may even inspire a blog post!). I’ve read how some CH cats improve with time (a post will go up about this soon), but this is new to me. Perhaps with the new exercises (or just in her own daily adventures) she accidentally pulled a muscle or maybe she’s a bit sore? How long has this been going on? Is it continually getting worse, or do you think it’s just a set-back? Hope she feels better soon!

  3. November 9, 2011 8:56 am

    We love our Tardy Peebucket, and his evil brother, Ziggy : ))
    Ashling, how old is Elf? Tardy is 14 now and I have had to give him Cosequin to help his still little joints, and it DOES help a lot!

  4. November 9, 2011 9:11 am

    Elf is about 16 months now….I’d describe her as moderate to severe; she has never been able to walk more than about 10-12 feet without falling over, and she has pretty distinct tremors. It seemed very sudden; she had a strange episode the other night, woke up from a nap & seemed unable to get up at all (scared me terribly), and after a little while was up again, but since then we think we’re seeing her less mobile (on her back legs), going maybe 6-8′ before toppling, and seeming to have a harder time getting up on her back legs. She’s still chasing her laser light, still playful and very happy, and not acting at all like she’s in pain, just seeming to rely more (not entirely) on dragging herself than walking. So perhaps she did pull something…

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