Readers, What Extraordinary Thing Has Your CH Cat Learned To Do?
We can all agree that there are a million (or at least 10) great reasons to adopt a cerebellar hypoplasia cat, and reason number eight is one of my favorites:
These cats are an inspiration. Living with them will give you a new appreciation for overcoming life’s obstacles. Every day their condition makes their lives a little more complicated — but they never seem to give up or mind. Their will and determination may inspire you to overcome your own obstacles.
I’ve seen that will and determination in my own cats, and I truly find it to be inspirational. As humans, it’s easy to set boundaries, to decide what they can’t do in order to keep them safe and protect them. But as some of us have found, these special cats certainly have a mind of their own and sometimes accomplish the very things we try to protect them from.
Case and point in my household: Stairs. CG had a rough first encounter with stairs, and although he improved – so much so that he can now manage carpeted stairs rather well – I didn’t want Ellie, who’s even wobblier, to even try our carpeted stairs.
As you may know, Ellie is now rather good at climbing stairs. She has occasional tumbles, but all in all she’s rather capable. I’m so proud of her, and if I had had my own way, I never would have let her try.
So this is a post to celebrate all of our CH cats’ accomplishments. If your cat similarly conquered stairs, please share that story. Perhaps your cat has learned to jump, climb – or even simply get in and out of the litter box without an issue. Maybe your cat learned to use a ramp you made, or her mobility has improved thanks to a cart or special exercises. There’s no accomplishment too small when it comes to our CHers.
Please share your story in the comments below or feel free to contact me. I’d love to share some of your stories!