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Flap Jack

Female Kitten Siamese Snowshoe (mixed)

My name is Flap Jack and I am an amazing animal. I managed to survive on my own with the help of only my sister's companionship in rural... show more

My name is Flap Jack and I am an amazing animal. I managed to survive on my own with the help of only my sister's companionship in rural Sugar City, Idaho all while fighting against sight impairment and a mild to moderate case of Cerebellar Hypoplasia. In small communities that are behind the times when it comes to animal welfare, many unvaccinated cats and dogs roam the streets and the spread of disease occurs quickly and with deadly consequences. Pregnant cats that contract Feline Distemper, a virus that is preventable through vaccination, end up birthing kittens with a variety of genetic mutations before receiving treatment or succumbing to their illness. Cerebellar Hypoplasia is arguably the most common disorder to be passed along to kittens with Distemper positive mothers. Despite the seriousness of the Distemper virus, kittens born to infected mothers are not carriers nor infected. Through proper vaccination, they will be no more likely than any other cat to contract the virus. Here is all you need to know about Cerebellar Hypoplasia- (Remember, I am mild to moderate and also visually impaired) What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia? Cerebellar Hypoplasia (cer·e·bel·lar hy·po·pla·sia) is a disorder found in cats and dogs which causes jerky movements, tremors, and generally uncoordinated motion, just like ataxic cerebral palsy in humans. A cat with CH often falls down and has trouble walking or cannot seem to walk at all. CH in cats is non-progressive, meaning it does not get worse with age. Cerebellar Hypoplasia occurs when the cerebellum, the part of the brain which controls fine motor skills and coordination, is not completely mature at birth. Symptoms of CH can usually be seen immediately at birth. Cerebellar Hypoplasia is most commonly caused by the kitten’s mother contracting the Panleukopenia virus while pregnant. If the mother passes on the virus during the end of pregnancy, the kittens can be born with CH. Kittens with CH are not infected with or carriers of the Panleukopenia virus, it has only stunted their cerebellum’s growth while in the womb. Cerebellar Hypoplasia can also occur if a trauma, including malnutrition, occurs to the kittens while in the womb. Cats with Cerebellar Hypoplasia are often euthanized, as people misunderstand the condition as being painful and/or contagious. However, they have a normal life expectancy and are very affectionate, sweet, and loving. They return the extra care they need with an intense love for and bond with their adoptive families. The Truth About CH Cats At this time, many veterinary and rescue professionals are still unaware of CH. Many CH cats are needlessly euthanized before given a chance at a proper diagnosis and life, making it harder for awareness about the condition to grow. Cats with CH: Are not in any pain Are not contagious Have a normal life expectancy Live happy, healthy lives Learn to adapt their abilities and compensate over time Can be spayed/neutered safely Need to be indoor-only & should never be declawed May require no extra care, or a great deal of extra care, depending on their severity Can be more prone to accident-related injuries, like chipped teeth or broken nails Severity Levels of CH Cats Mild Cats with mild CH are very capable and require little to no extra care. Symptoms: Unusual gait (high step or waddle) Occasional balance loss May have subtle head tremors when excited or stressed Abilities: Walk Run Jump Stairs Special Care: Cannot live outdoors May prefer a modified litter box with high sides Prefer carpet or rugs, but not a necessity Moderate Cats with moderate CH can get around on their own, but one end of their body may appear to be doing something else than the other end. Symptoms: Walk with legs splayed in a wide stance Frequent balance loss, falls Noticeable head tremors, especially when excited or stressed Abilities: Walk short distances Expert climbers Special Care: Cannot live outdoors Prefer a modified litter box with high sides to support themselves against; can be messier than non-CH cats Have an easier time balancing on carpet or rugs Raised food & water dishes Modified furniture to protect them from getting hurt when they fall (e.g. adding bumpers) Severe Cats with severe CH cannot walk on their own and require a great deal of special care. Symptoms: Cannot walk or stand Flip and Flop to get around Constant head tremors Abilities: Expert climbers Special Care: Cannot live outdoors May need help using the litter box; prefer a modified litter box with high sides or pee-pee pads Prefer carpet to help grip and propel themselves forward May need help getting set up at their food dish Modified furniture to protect them from getting hurt when they fall (e.g. adding bumpers) Are ideal candidates for wheelchairs, which can help improve mobility and coordination (http://chcat.org/about-ch-cats/) I am working hard to learn to use my cat box and I will be more likely to have accidents throughout my lifetime, but I am mighty and my life is worth living! If you have more questions about my disorder, please reach out to the team at Murci's Mission. My adoption fee will be $80.00 and I will come up to date on all vet care including vaccines, deworming, microchipping and I will be spayed! Thanks a million for advocating for special kitties like me and remind your peeps to vaccinate, spay and neuter so all kitties can live happy, healthy lives! show less

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Hot Cakes

Female Kitten Siamese Snowshoe (mixed)

My name is Hot Cakes and I am an amazing animal. I managed to survive on my own with the help of only my sister's companionship in rural... show more

My name is Hot Cakes and I am an amazing animal. I managed to survive on my own with the help of only my sister's companionship in rural Sugar City, Idaho all while fighting against sight impairment and a mild to moderate case of Cerebellar Hypoplasia. In small communities that are behind the times when it comes to animal welfare, many unvaccinated cats and dogs roam the streets and the spread of disease occurs quickly and with deadly consequences. Pregnant cats that contract Feline Distemper, a virus that is preventable through vaccination, end up birthing kittens with a variety of genetic mutations before receiving treatment or succumbing to their illness. Cerebellar Hypoplasia is arguably the most common disorder to be passed along to kittens with Distemper positive mothers. Despite the seriousness of the Distemper virus, kittens born to infected mothers are not carriers nor infected. Through proper vaccination, they will be no more likely than any other cat to contract the virus. Here is all you need to know about Cerebellar Hypoplasia- (Remember, I am mild to moderate and also visually impaired) What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia? Cerebellar Hypoplasia (cer·e·bel·lar hy·po·pla·sia) is a disorder found in cats and dogs which causes jerky movements, tremors, and generally uncoordinated motion, just like ataxic cerebral palsy in humans. A cat with CH often falls down and has trouble walking or cannot seem to walk at all. CH in cats is non-progressive, meaning it does not get worse with age. Cerebellar Hypoplasia occurs when the cerebellum, the part of the brain which controls fine motor skills and coordination, is not completely mature at birth. Symptoms of CH can usually be seen immediately at birth. Cerebellar Hypoplasia is most commonly caused by the kitten’s mother contracting the Panleukopenia virus while pregnant. If the mother passes on the virus during the end of pregnancy, the kittens can be born with CH. Kittens with CH are not infected with or carriers of the Panleukopenia virus, it has only stunted their cerebellum’s growth while in the womb. Cerebellar Hypoplasia can also occur if a trauma, including malnutrition, occurs to the kittens while in the womb. Cats with Cerebellar Hypoplasia are often euthanized, as people misunderstand the condition as being painful and/or contagious. However, they have a normal life expectancy and are very affectionate, sweet, and loving. They return the extra care they need with an intense love for and bond with their adoptive families. The Truth About CH Cats At this time, many veterinary and rescue professionals are still unaware of CH. Many CH cats are needlessly euthanized before given a chance at a proper diagnosis and life, making it harder for awareness about the condition to grow. Cats with CH: Are not in any pain Are not contagious Have a normal life expectancy Live happy, healthy lives Learn to adapt their abilities and compensate over time Can be spayed/neutered safely Need to be indoor-only & should never be declawed May require no extra care, or a great deal of extra care, depending on their severity Can be more prone to accident-related injuries, like chipped teeth or broken nails Severity Levels of CH Cats Mild Cats with mild CH are very capable and require little to no extra care. Symptoms: Unusual gait (high step or waddle) Occasional balance loss May have subtle head tremors when excited or stressed Abilities: Walk Run Jump Stairs Special Care: Cannot live outdoors May prefer a modified litter box with high sides Prefer carpet or rugs, but not a necessity Moderate Cats with moderate CH can get around on their own, but one end of their body may appear to be doing something else than the other end. Symptoms: Walk with legs splayed in a wide stance Frequent balance loss, falls Noticeable head tremors, especially when excited or stressed Abilities: Walk short distances Expert climbers Special Care: Cannot live outdoors Prefer a modified litter box with high sides to support themselves against; can be messier than non-CH cats Have an easier time balancing on carpet or rugs Raised food & water dishes Modified furniture to protect them from getting hurt when they fall (e.g. adding bumpers) Severe Cats with severe CH cannot walk on their own and require a great deal of special care. Symptoms: Cannot walk or stand Flip and Flop to get around Constant head tremors Abilities: Expert climbers Special Care: Cannot live outdoors May need help using the litter box; prefer a modified litter box with high sides or pee-pee pads Prefer carpet to help grip and propel themselves forward May need help getting set up at their food dish Modified furniture to protect them from getting hurt when they fall (e.g. adding bumpers) Are ideal candidates for wheelchairs, which can help improve mobility and coordination (http://chcat.org/about-ch-cats/) I am working hard to learn to use my cat box and I will be more likely to have accidents throughout my lifetime, but I am mighty and my life is worth living! If you have more questions about my disorder, please reach out to the team at Murci's Mission. My adoption fee will be $80.00 and I will come up to date on all vet care including vaccines, deworming, microchipping and I will be spayed! Thanks a million for advocating for special kitties like me and remind your peeps to vaccinate, spay and neuter so all kitties can live happy, healthy lives! show less