As part of the celebration, we will be continuing our series on cerebellar hypoplasia. If you’ve missed the first two posts (“What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia?” and “How We Help Sophie with her CH”), feel free to check them out. Today, in celebration of Sophie, we will be focusing on how Cerebellar Hypoplasia makes Sophie a uniquely special kitty.
As I have mentioned in the other posts, Sophie can’t jump very well, which is a common characteristic of cats with CH. She also can’t run very fast (or in a straight line ;), and she stumbles and falls a lot. Because of all of these characteristics, she has developed into a fearless cat. She is uninhibited and just goes for anything and everything she puts her mind to. She isn’t scared of anything. Though some might see these characteristics as “problems,” I see them as blessings in disguise. Because Sophie can’t jump or run like a normal cat, and because she isn’t scared of anything, she is able to do many things that normal cats don’t get to do or wouldn’t even want to do. We can take her outside in the back yard to play without worrying about her running off or jumping the fence. We can take her to the pet store without her freaking out and getting scared. We can even take her on boat rides…
Sophie just needed one vaccine – the FVRCP vaccine (which, ironically, is the vaccine that prevents panleukopenia – the disease that most likely caused Sophie to develop CH in the womb). Then she got her clean bill of heath and recommendation from Dr. Caldwell! Here she is posing with her evaluation form:
So, here’s to many more years of fun and awesome adventures with Sophie!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIRL! WE LOVE YOU!