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Show Off Your Love For CH Cats & Help Other CHers

April 25, 2014
Here's one way to show off your love for CH cats!

Here’s one way to show off your love for CH cats!

Hi all – I know it seems like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth in terms of posts lately, but even though the site has gone quiet, I’ve tried to keep an ear turned to all that’s going on in the CH community.

And now that I have a moment, I wanted to make sure that you knew about something special. Have you heard about the “Keep Calm and Love a CH Kitty” t-shirts? They’re super cute, a great way to show off your love for CH cats and a great conversation starter, and what makes this even more wonderful is that each shirt that’s sold helps CH cats.

In fact, the original goal of selling 50 shirts, which raised more than $550 for the two kitties below, was recently reached (hurray!) — and you can still take advantage of this great offer and donate through the end of April.

Here’s some more information:



The campaign ends on April 30th. The shirts are $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping. Click here for the order form; if you live internationally, please click here. Of course, there’s no pressure to buy (I would never do that) — I just wanted you to know about the opportunity. Here’s who we’re helping:

Meet Ballerina, a two-year-old rescue who has not been spayed yet. She experiences episodes during which she attacks other cats and humans, which has led to some problems in her home. Those problems, along with not being able to afford Ballerina’s vet bills, prompted her mom to reach out to Deb Martin to find Ballerina a new home.

This campaign will help fund Ballerina’s vet visit, spay, and hopefully help them figure out her episodes.

In addition to Ballerina, this campaign will also help a one-year-old severe CH kitty named Stevie.



For the first year of his life, Stevie’s previous owners kept him outside — may I remind you, he was a young, severe CH kitty. On April 12, those owners dumped him at a kill shelter. The shelter contacted Deb, and two days later Stevie was rescued.

These funds will go toward Stevie’s much needed vet visit so he can be examined, have blood work done, receive shots, be microchipped, and he’ll soon be neutered. There may also be dental work done, as all of Stevie’s teeth are chipped from falling on concrete.

Again, there’s no pressure to buy a shirt or donate, I just wanted to spread the word. If you do decide to get a shirt, it will be a great conversation starter. If not, you can at least see how the community is coming together to help cats in need! Along those lines, a big shout-out to Deb Martin for all of the work she does to help CH cats and other pets. It does not go unnoticed!
7 Comments leave one →
  1. precipitevolissimevolmento permalink
    April 26, 2014 12:46 am

    Dear Amanda,

    I am writing in response to your post about Ballerina, the female CH cat who needs to be spayed.

    I want to tell you about my female CH cat. I do not know whether what happened to her is typical or not, but anyone who owns a female CH cat should be aware of it.

    For a couple of years, I had been feeding a large, feral, part-Maine-Coon cat. This cat tended to move slowly, but then, it was a very large cat. I thought that it was a male.

    In the late fall of 2011, this cat came around with one tiny kitten. Clearly, then, Jazz was a female. But her behavior had changed. She was wobbly, and I sometimes worried that she would roll right down the porch steps. Her eyes did not seem to focus properly, and her head was often jerky when she tried to look at me.

    She took excellent care of her baby, but instead of keeping it in a den, she seemed to be living right around my house – under the front porch, I think. She would nurse the kitten in the dirt between the side of the house and the bushes – not normal for a mother cat. She knew that there was something wrong with her, and she stayed by the house because she knew that I would feed her – and the kitten, when the time came for it to be weaned.

    In December, when the weather began to turn nasty and the kitten was eating cat food, I trapped both of them. Some months later, I had Jazz spayed. After that, her condition worsened markedly. She had a much harder time getting around, did not always make it to the box, and found it difficult to groom herself. She felt threatened by the presence of my other cats, because she knew that she could not protect herself properly. She ignored her kitten.

    I had a special cat box made for her, and kept her in a part of the kitchen covered with whelping mats, because she was sometimes incontinent, even with the custom-made box. She seemed to be doing as well as one could expect.

    Then, in January of this year (2014), Jazz developed bladder stones. The vet recommended surgery; although there are other ways to remove the stones, this seemed to be the best idea, as it would get rid of them fastest and cause her less discomfort.

    That turned out not to be a good idea. The physical shock and trauma to the back end of her body ruined what was left of her use of her legs. She is pretty much incapable of peeing in her box – although she does try, valiantly – and usually ends up drenching herself. She has back-leg spasms when she tries to use those legs to scratch herself. She falls over constantly. She used to have trouble walking on the kitchen tile; now she cannot take one step on it without her back legs splaying out.

    I believe that this is the explanation of what happened to her: although CH is not a progressive condition, it seems that any severe trauma to the back end of a CH cat risks aggravating that condition. Look at what happened to Jazz: the first signs of CH appeared just after she gave birth – trauma N° 1. She became noticeable worse after being spayed – trauma N° 2. And the bladder-stone surgery – trauma N° 3 – pretty much did her in, in terms of mobility and quality of life.

    I am doing what I can to make Jazz comfortable and as happy as she can be. I am giving her Wysong Biotic ph- supplement, which should help keep a recurrence of bladder stones at bay. Itis clear that she cannot tolerate any more surgery. And I have started to use a glucosamine/MSM supplement, in the vague hope of strengthening and supporting whatever use of her back legs that she still has. I had never used it until I came to realize that her worsening condition was due to physical trauma, not to the CH. In nice weather, I take her out in the fenced-in back yard, and she follows me around determinedly.

    In short, since Ballerina is female and will need to be spayed, it might help whoever her owner will be to know about what happened to Jazz. If Ballerina has never had kittens, she is one big step ahead of Jazz. But the vet who spays her should be told about the possible consequences. Perhaps she or he will be able to keep the surgery as minimal as possible. And should Ballerina ever develop bladder stones, her treatment should not include surgical removal of the stones.

    Stevie, at least; does not have to worry about being spayed. All the same, his owners should always keep in mind the possibility that severe trauma to the back end of his body could make his condition much worse.

    I wish both kitties and their humans the best of luck.

    sincerely, lydia

  2. sfcmac permalink
    April 26, 2014 6:53 am

    Those scumbags who kept a vulnerable disabled cat outside needs to be smacked. I have no tolerance for depraved indifference.

  3. Lemonmelonn permalink
    April 26, 2014 8:42 am

    I missed your posts–are you only going to write occasionally now? I’m sure this takes a tremendous amount of time, but I want you to know that your blog is really special, always interesting and informative, and often amusing.

    • April 26, 2014 9:00 am

      Thanks so much, Catherine, that really means a lot to me. A mix of things has kept me away temporarily, but I appreciate your encouragement for the future!

  4. Janice permalink
    April 28, 2014 7:49 am

    WHO could ever do that to a severe CH cat- let alone any other sweet soul………………..
    My Clarence is severe CH and look out if anyone ever tried to hurt/abause him.

  5. Roz permalink
    May 6, 2014 5:23 am

    I would like to second Catherine’s comments – your posts are encouraging and interesting and a great source of reference material too! We probably don’t tell you so half as often as we should but as your readers we really do look forward to your posts and help our CH kitties out because of your insight. Thank you for all you do!

    • May 6, 2014 10:34 am

      Thank you so much, Roz! This means so much to me. Thank you for the encouragement!

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