Besides her daddy, Sophie’s most favoritest thing in the world is STICK (the all caps signify her enthusiasm). STICK is what we call all of her wand toys. Sophie has quite a collection: feathery sticks, sticks with little toys on the end, ribbon sticks, retractable sticks, you name it. But hands down, her favorite sticks are the broken ones…. you know, the ones that used to have toys on the end or used to have feathers, but are now just a plastic stick and a chewed up string hanging off the end.
Sophie knows that STICK usually happens shortly after meal time, so as soon as she’s done eating, she runs over and waits in front of the desk that has her sticks inside. And when I say “waits,” I don’t mean patiently. She sits and chirps at us, and if we don’t play STICK on her timeline, that chirp eventually evolves into a full out yell.
While Sophie can get a bit manic about STICK, it has actually been a wonderful tool to build up her muscle strength and control. One of the best ways to “treat” cerebellar hypoplasia is to encourage play and exercise, because the stronger a CH cat is, the better they will be able to get around. Thanks to STICK, Sophie’s mobility has improved tremendously over the years.
In fact, she has a a couple of moves she’s been working on that she wants to show off for you guys today. We are calling them the “STICK SPIN” and the “Wiggle & Pounce.” See if you can spot which is which in the video: