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UPDATE CONTACT INFO Ready? Paw It Forward 4 Special Need Cats

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Some of my readers know lots about cerebellar hypoplasia (CH) in kittens and cats. But I suspect others do not know much if anything.  I know Mom L and I were in the “know nothing” up until about 3 months ago.

Mom L visited the Petco where Community Concern 4 Cats (CC4C)  holds their weekend adopt a cat event. She visited the kittens and adults who were there hoping to find their forever homes when the President, Miss Gemma, ushered Mom L back to meet some newly trapped kittens.

They were the prettiest kittens, all in a pile—3 of them.  And when one tried to stand up for a pet, it could not easily do so.  Mom L was worried and asked what was wrong with the kitten.

Three piled up

Three piled up

At Petco

At Petco

Miss Gemma said “meet Savannah’s new Paw It Forward Project”…three kittens who have cerebellar hypoplasia (CH), commonly called ‘weeble wobble’ kittens…and they ALL need forever homes!

We visited the website for CH cats, click here, to learn just what this condition is and how kittens contract it.  This is the simplest and easy to understand description we found for CH:

Cerebellar hypoplasia is a disorder where the cerebellum of the brain has not fully formed. There are various causes such as bacterial or viral infections, feline pan leukopenia, caused by feline parvovirus, but can also be caused by poisoning, injury or malnutrition.  Some common symptoms are jerky movement, wobbly uncoordinated walking and head bobbing.

There is no cure for CH, it doesn’t get better but it doesn’t get worse.  A kitten will learn to compensate for his/her condition and have a normal lifespan.”

The three kittens we agreed to help promote were all trapped from a mom cat who likely had pan leukopenia while the kittens were in her womb.  Unfortunately, there was a fourth kitten they could never trap.

I suggested to Mom L that we ask for some referrals from our Face Book Group comprised of lots of people who write about cats and share lots of cat related information.  Our pals did not disappoint!

We were referred to a fellow blogger whom we had never met.  The Kitty Cat Chronicles.  Sophie, an adult CH cat, lives there and she has been sharing her life on their blog.

Their blog post collection about CH cats and how to manage caring for them once they have been welcomed into your heart and home is just the best reading ever.  No need for us to say more as this blog covers it all with expertise.

Sophie has a special video which was a finalist in the 2014 Petties Award race for best video:

Click HERE to read more and to see some great videos of Sophie, a CH cat, living the good life!

This is a very special Paw It Forward Project for me.  These kittens are now five months old…and very ready for their permanent homes.  They can be adopted together or individually.  Let me introduce you to each one.

Their foster Mom, and rescuer, provided full details of each kittens’ personality…thank you Miss Marcia!


freddie 01

Freddie is a handsome short haired white kitten with black patches and an elegant narrow face, pink nose, delightfully long pink and white ears that go with his long legs.

Freddie is a complete love – he adores attention, being picked up and delights in being stroked and will rub against your legs.  He is quite social with cats and people alike – he loves to play, wrestle, chase and cuddle with his siblings and the other kittens in the house. Freddie has mild cerebella hypoplasia (CH) which means though he falls, he can walk, run, scamper, and even climb up part way and sit on a low level of the kitty condo.


zazoo 04

Zazoo is a grey & black short haired tiger striped kitten with big green expressive eyes and white paws. She wobbles when she walks, falls a lot, and struggles to climb.  But she is essentially a happy, healthy kitten and knows how to use the litter box.  She is super sweet and loves to be pet and held.  She purrs often. Despite her balance challenges, she is a determined, curious and brave kitten, who likes to explore new places and gets back up when she falls. She will even position herself close to our border collie and watch him play.  She has an independent streak and can entertain herself cheerfully.  She loves to chase, wrestle and cuddle with her brother and sister.


peanut 01

Peanut is a petite kitten with an exquisitely delicate face and double dotted nose.  She will watch the activity around her quite intently—sitting quietly and then venture out to be with the others.  Though she looks serious, she plays with vigor; stalking and jumping, running and wrestling and of course cuddling.  Peanut is very gentle and sweet.  Along with her siblings, Zazoo and Freddie, she has CH (cerebella hypoplasia) which means the balance center of the brain is not completely developed so she falls often.  Peanut is healthy and will live a normal lifespan. Peanut would like to be adopted with her brother Freddie or sister Zazoo. Peanut is blossoming more every day.

Enjoy this slideshow of all these amazing five month old kittens…

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Now…sit down…relax…and have some Niptea or Catfeen…the videos of these incredible kittens growing up and growing strong…

As much as we would like to have these kittens be able to go anywhere in the USA…that is not possible. It is not easy for them to travel long distances and so we must limit their search for  new forever homes to the area of Northern California.

This post is definitely an appeal for help to get these kittens into permanent loving homes.  We ask that all of you who read this post do the following:

  • Share this post on your Face Book pages and ask your family, friends and colleagues to promote these kittens to homes in the Northern California area.  You never know who they know who might know someone else who loves cats and is just waiting for these loving kittens to show up in their home.
  • Share on Twitter…use the hash tag #pawcircle and #specialneedcatrescue.  If you can come up with more effective hash tags, use them…
  • If you have time a space in your blog post schedule, please consider writing a post about CH kittens/cats and link back to this blog post
  • Also consider Pinning them on Pinterest; sharing in your Google + circles
  • CONTACT: Foster Marcia. Phone 510-734-9924 or 510-758-4045 Email: mslack199 at gmail dot com

We are very grateful for anything and everything my readers can do to help Zazoo, Freddie and Peanut find their permanent homes.

Paw Pats, Savannah


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32 thoughts on “UPDATE CONTACT INFO Ready? Paw It Forward 4 Special Need Cats

  1. Ah yes, I’ve been readin’ Kitty Cat Chronicles since findin’ out about ’em durin’ the Petties. Wonderful blog and so informative about CH. Mainly, ’cause in readin’ their blog, you see exactly how WONDERFUL these CH kitties are.

    Freddy, Peanut & Zazoo are BEAUTIFUL. I’m gonna be purrin’ up a storm that these three darlings find their forever homes really, really soon.


  2. They’re sweet. I hope they get homes. I’ll share.

  3. Savvy what a wonderful group of kittens!
    Me and my mom-person didn´t either know what Ch was , but now we do thank´s to you 🙂
    Sure hope they will find forever homes real soon !


  4. kittiesblue on said:

    We’ve been following Sophie and Kitty Cat Chronicles for a long time. Astrid’s boyfriend, Sampson, is one of their household. Mom says she will Tweet about these precious kittens. Please tell Mom L that she will have the opportunity to meet Sophie’s mom, Emily, at the Friday night dinner at Bark/Meow World. Please try to join us tomorrow for our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  5. That was a really great blog, Linda. I didn’t know much about CH (but now I do) and I sure hope these adorable kitties find furever homes. They deserve it.

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  7. We have a very special place in our hearts for CH kitties. Mommy would have fostered the KC ones if our home weren’t so dangerous for them! Purring that loving and generous families will open their hearts to them!!

  8. Savvy what a wonderful group of kittens! They are so sweet! Thanks also for sharing Sophie’s video. I took care of a cat named Booge with CH when I lived in Colorado when his Mom was a visiting Doctor there. He was an older cat an was happy and living a fulfilling life with her. These kitties can have very full and wonderful lives with the right families 🙂
    Love ya!
    Marty’s Mom

  9. Whoa! Peanut is a real cutie.

  10. We shared. They look super sweet. We has our paws crossed they find a wonderful home together. ~ATCAD

  11. Oh what sweeties! We purr that they find homes. We’ll share right now!

  12. They are the sweetest! We will share them everywhere real soon.

  13. MMEEOWWW such darlin little kittz! We iz hopin sumbody will open dere heartz n homez to such beeuteez…Me n Mumf ink dey mite haz sum Oriental Shorthair genez dere. Dere facez are so eelongated n such wide eyez!
    We will include dem in our purrayerz…
    Freddie n Peanut n Zazoo YA ROCK!!!!!
    Lub Nylablue n Sherriellen Mum ❤ ❤ ❤

  14. How wonderful that you are educating us on CH. This is not something I have ever heard of. We do hope those beautiful kitties find great homes to wobble in. – Your friends at DogDazCats2

  15. Mags Corner on said:

    Sweet Savannah our hearts go out to these sweeties and we purr and pray they have forever loving homes very, very soon. They are sooooooo cute! Sophie’s video was super, it brought happy tears to our eyes. We hope these other kitties are so lucky to get caring loving parents as sweet Sophie has. Keep up the good work you all are doing amazing things! Hugs and nose kisses

  16. Oh they are just so sweet ❤ and those videos wow!
    Most definitely sharing. Oh and btw, how is Tigger? Has he found a home yet?
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  17. OMC!!! Those kittens are so adorable. Mom says that she wants to take them all!!! If only we didn’t live in Georgia… and already have a full house. Wow… three litter mate CH kitties. So adorable. Thank you for mentioning us in your post. We can definitely attest to the awesomeness of CH kitties. We love them!!! We will definitely share this post and help spread the word about these sweet babies.

  18. Who couldn’t fail to love those faces?!!
    Jane x

  19. so cute. mom has met some CH kittens and they are no different from other cats other than their balance is a little off….still need love and homes

  20. What precious little angels…I hope they find their forever homes soon. I must admit I don’t know a lot about CH cats. I’ll be sharing.

  21. hannahandlucy on said:

    What wonderful little kittens so full of life and determined to have fun. We hope that someone will take them as a family group so they can stay together.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  22. What precious little souls…..we shared on Facebook…..loved the little video clips – these three are doing just fine. Wouldn’t it be great if they could stay together……

    Hugs, Sammy

  23. They are very lovely, paws crossed they find their forever home soon!

  24. Gweat posty Savannah. Weez luv Sophie. Hers so cute. And these kitties awe adowable. Weez will shawe and purray they get da purrfect furevew homes.

    Luv ya’


  25. They are just bootiful!


  26. Reblogged this on Speedy the cheeky Rex rabbit and commented:
    If you live in the North Carolina Area can you find it in your heart to give one of these kittens a new home?Please help my pal Savannah paw it forward!

  27. Aren’t they so cute Savvy,I have shared them for you sweetie,xx Speedy

  28. Hullo Savannah, Shiva here!

    I also has da CH. I fall off window sills. Or off da back of sofa. Or outta bed. I think it funny.

    Savannah, I think wanting to write book wiz you. CH for Dummies. There is vets that thinking we CH kitties was better off put to sleep. Long time ago I wroted bloggie saying I no has agrees here. I very happy and I been doing workouts to train motor skills.

    I very happy! Many just no know nuffin about CH!


  29. Oh you had us early in this post!!! I remember a little video about Charley the CH cat – we wept happy tears that he was so loved ABD the video introduced us to CH. we are considering a move nearer you!!

  30. I really hope these kitties can find a forever home together or separately. I think I shared it on FB, but I’m really new at it and last time I tried it it didn’t work.

  31. Your human is so lucky – mine hasn’t met any CH kitties yet! I’ve pinned your post to my board for kitties needing homes, and I’ll share in my Caturday Report!

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