Skip to content

Meet Twitch

June 16, 2014

One thing I never tire hearing about are the stories of how a CH cat has changed someone’s life. I know exactly how you all feel — adopting our two CH cats changed my life in inconceivable ways.

That’s why I love the story Kelly sent in about her and her 4-year-old moderately severe CH girl, Twitch. Just loving her has not only made Kelly more patient, but has provided opportunities for Kelly to show Twitch love by finding ways to make Twitch’s day-to-day safer, easier and more fulfilling. Learn more about them here:

Does she have certain limitations? 

She can’t go up or down stairs, so she has to stay on one main level of the house, which is the top floor where my room is. She also gets muscle spasms from time to time (they seem to happen when she gets really excited). Her body will just tense/freeze, and you just have to hold her so that she doesn’t end up jumping all over the place.

Twitch1How does she manage the litter box? Eating and drinking? Do you do anything special to help? 

We cut out the very front of her litter box. We discovered when she was a kitten that she had trouble stepping into the litter box, so we cut it so that it looks like a kitty ramp. I also put puppy pads (the kind that you’d use to house train a dog) underneath and around the litter box area. Sometimes if she can’t make it to the litter box, or has difficulty staying up, she will use the pads to go to the bathroom.

What’s one funny story about her (related to CH)? Or share a story about how she figured out how to do something CH cats “can’t” do.

She is a climber and very, very proud of it. She will climb up on my bed with her claws, and sometimes if you learn forward to pick her up to help her, she gets really determined and tries to do it herself before you’re able to. She’s very strong!

Has she ever hurt herself because of her CH? 

Not that I can think of. I try to cushion the area around where she plays. She did hit her head once against my door, so I try to leave my door open now when she’s in there so she doesn’t hurt herself. 

Twitch2Each animal is special in her own way. How is she special? 

She is the sweetest, most lovable cat. She loves to “talk” and be very vocal. Twitch loves to cuddle and be around people. She loves to play, especially with toys that sound like bells or make a bell-like noise.

Have you found ways to help her with CH? How?  

I put pillows and cushions around sharp edges in my house. I have a gate at the top of my stairs so that she does not fall down them (however she has knocked the gate a few times on purpose, and managed to scoot her way down two flights of stairs unscathed. She will go to my mom or my brother’s door and meow). But I know that her balance is not good at all, so I always have that gate up there as a precaution. She also does not really like sudden movements, she gets scared easily. So we all try not to sneak up on her or anything like that.

Do you have any words of wisdom for other CH parents?

That their cat is absolutely worth it. They’re special!

What do you think people need to know about CH?

That it’s not debilitating thing, that these cats can still function and be normal and live a full, happy, loved life.

TwitchKitten1What is your favorite and least favorite thing about her having CH?

My favorite thing is that it’s taught me, as a person, to be more patient. My least favorite is that it breaks my heart sometime to see her struggle with something like walking.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Twitch has a sister named Cinnamon who does NOT have CH. But from birth, Cinnamon knew Twitch was different. Even now when Twitch uses the litter box, Cinnamon will jump in there afterward to help “clean” up. She lets Twitch eat first, always. She is very patient with her. The funny part is that Twitch is very territorial with my room (since it’s “her” domain and Cinnamon’s domain is the rest of the house). So if Cinnamon wants to come cuddle on my bed, Twitch will sometimes run her right off! But they sleep together in the same cat bed every night and are very close. I’m thankful to have both of them in my life.

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

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brian, Blinkys human permalink
    June 16, 2014 7:56 pm

    What a beautiful cat, she sounds like Blinky in that she is mean to her sister Phoebe sometimes as well.

  2. Sierra permalink
    November 28, 2017 1:35 am

    Hi my name is Sierra and i have a cat named Bala (meaning Strength in Indian and scrit). She was a stray that i found outside at a next door neighbors house. I managed to grab her as me and my fiance were looking for a little kitten. The funny thing is she ran into a fence and almost got stuck. She was so scared that she hissed at me and bit my fiance… I held her so she would know we wouldn’t hurt her and i wrapped her up in my jacket. I had her for about a week and she had not ate or drank since i got her. We took her to the vet the next day, who helped us out and gave her some dewormer and some antibiotics. The vet said she is 6 months old and 2 pounds 18 ounces. Of course i didnt believe she was six months but that night she ate and pretty now she is getting more weight. I gave her a bath last night and wrapped her up to keep her warm. Afterwards after she was fully dried off i noticed she kept walking wobbly and couldn’t keep her head up long. i first thought she had nerve damage from sleeping all the time but then I started worrying and looked her symptoms up. I feel she may have CH. She is really loving and sweet and it really took a long time for her to warm up to us. And I’m really thankful for the inspirational story. I’m new to CH kittens. And i learned alot from your story. Thank you so much for sharing.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: