SPECIAL HOME NEEDED - Meet Chico (white and black) and Kenzo (black)- approx 13wk old brothers (born around 25th Aug 18) who have Cerebral Hyploplasia, often known as ‘wobbly kitten syndrome’. Basically CH is caused by part of the brain not developing properly when they are in the womb due to mum cat having a virus (preventable by vaccinating your cats!). There are various degrees of CH from Mild to severe it is not progressive but equally not curable, but the cats are not in any pain either - it literally does just affect their balance - hence them being known as wobbly kittens.
Chico has a very mild form and just appears to be a little bit clumsy but Kenzo is moderate to severe on the scale and will need a bit more care and attentio from his new parents :-)
That said he is a happy boy and very determined! Initially he couldn’t walk with it at all but as he is getting stronger we are seeing improvement and he can now get up on his legs and do a wobbly walk - either way he is very able to get to where he sets his mind to one way or another!
We are looking for a very special home for these pair and we would like them to be rehomed together as they play together just like any siblings would. They are going to need a home that is prepared to bare their condition in mind and make a few adaptations to ensure they can live happily and safely. This doesn’t need anything major but just not too many sharp edges for Kenzo to bump into and some soft landings below anything he may be able to climb onto.
He can amazingly use a covered litter tray but does end up littering the floor around it as he invariably falls over and gets the litter stuck in his fluffy coat which then comes off as he moves about so you won’t need to mind sweeping up a few times a day! He also needs to be fed a grain free diet ( a raw diet is best) which helps to keep his poop firm so that means he stays nice and clean when in the tray if he does fall over....so his new owners will need to be able to afford a slightly higher priced diet for him but we can advise on this. The only thing he does require some help with is eating - he can manage on his own if he is hungry when you are not there but his lack of coordination does mean he struggles to coordinate with the bowl very well so he is better with a little support for at least 3 meals a day. its not difficult you just have to sit and hold him steady while he eats so that he can keep control…so his new owners just need a bit more time to dedicate to him around feeding times…
Both boys are very purry. Chico is the more confident of the two and is a cheeky little chappie! he is into everything and very inquisitive. He only has very mild CH so is very much like a normal kitten but he just appears ‘clumsy’ and times and has the odd occasions where he just loses balance when a normal cat would not have. He on occassion walks like a dressage horse which is very sweet and funny. Kenzo is slightly more nervous initially but it doesnt take him long to settle….
We would love to find them a home with a garden which is completely secured by a six foot fence (or have a good sized catio) so that both boys can be given supervised access when you are at home to the great outdoors. They are not cats who will be able to free roam so could be perfect for someone who is worried about having a free roaming cat and the dangers and worry that can bring.
If you think you may have the perfect home for the boys and would like to talk to us a little more about their condition then please complete our adoption enquiry form and someone will be in touch . They are adorable, extremely fluffy and soft and purr for England and also quite enjoy a tummy rub!