You could call Backup the little kitten that could. This spunky little character has had a few obstacles - like Cerebellar Hypoplasia - put in her way in her very young life. But, that doesn’t keep her down.
Her mom Ridley gave birth to five kittens a few months ago at Harmony House for Cats in Chicago. At first, it seemed that all was well. However, one little girl struggled a bit. She had a hard time finding a spot to nurse. When it came time to walk, she backed up instead of walk forward. She often fell over on her side and cried for help.
Each time she faltered, she got up and tried again. The little kitten that could was named Backup for her determination and courage. Her balance issues are caused by a neurological condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia in which the cerebellum isn’t fully developed at birth.
Along with having Cerebellar Hypoplasia, Backup is also blind. While that may sound scary to many of us, it tends not to slow her down in the least bit. This spirited little girl loves to play and also enjoys getting us much love and attention as she can.
This special, spunky kitten will eventually be looking for the right home to call her own. In the meantime, she’s getting lots of love and care at Harmony House for Cats. They are working with her to strengthen her leg muscles and improve her balance. They are also working on a long-term plan for Backup to deal with her Cerebellar Hypoplasia.
If you would like to help, the organization is seeking donations for her care. You may donate online and note that the donation is for Backup's care. Or, send donations to Harmony House for Cats, P.O. Box 18098, Chicago, IL 60618
Learn more about Cerebellar Hypoplasia and the happy endings for many cats that have this diagnosis by following their Facebook group. If you'd like to learn more about living with a blind cat, I highly recommend the book Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper. His story is truly inspiring (he was also a little black kitty).
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