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Pancakes and Pawprints: Kitten With Balance Disorder Lives Life To The Fullest Against All Odds

Posted in Cat Stories - On: June 23, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: June 24, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

Introducing Pip, this delightful kitty carries a remarkable tale within his paws, waiting eagerly to be shared with you!

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Pip entered this world as an ordinary fluffy bundle of joy, radiating sweetness and an irresistible desire for affection, yearning to find a place to call his own.

At the tender age of eight weeks, fate bestowed upon him precisely what he had been seeking - an adoring human mother and a warm, comforting home.

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During the initial weeks, life seemed blissful for Pip, as he exhibited the playful antics typical of any young kitten.

Mischievous pranks here, contented purrs there, his days were filled with delight and innocent exploration.

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However, when Pip reached the age of eleven weeks, his devoted mother started to notice a subtle change in his behavior.

His once steady steps became unsteady, and he would occasionally collide with the walls.

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Concerned, Pip's mother diligently sought veterinary assistance, subjecting him to a battery of tests.

The results revealed a condition known as cerebellar abiotrophy, affecting his sense of balance, coordination, and spatial awareness.

Unlike cerebellum hypoplasia, which is congenital and non-progressive, Pip's condition progressively emerged later in his young life.

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As time passes, Pip's mobility may gradually decline. But right now, nothing can deter his indomitable spirit.

"He attempts to engage in all the activities my other cats enjoy," his loving mother TJ shared with We Love Cats and Kittens., her voice brimming with admiration. 

"His perseverance and unwavering determination are truly inspirational."

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Despite the challenges he faces, Pip manages to conquer his environment.

With an unwavering resolve, he skillfully navigates onto his hammock, the cat tree, and even his cherished spot on his mother's bed.

"I often discover him in places I never would have anticipated," adds TJ.

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Pip possesses a hearty appetite, he's very big on food. 

He particularly takes pleasure in pancakes, though only on special occasions such as birthday parties!

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Pip lives with his furry siblings - Murphy, Indy, and Lucy.

And his bond with Indy has blossomed into an extraordinary bromance, marked by plentiful cuddles and affectionate kisses.

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Providing dedicated care for a cat with special needs demands additional time and resources, yet the rewards are immeasurable, affirms TJ, who has lovingly adapted her home to accommodate Pip's unique requirements.

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"I've adorned most of my living space with area rugs to ensure Pip has better traction while walking and a soft landing when he stumbles," she explains.

"I also acquired a human bassinet where he sleeps at night, ensuring his safety."

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“Special needs animals can live very happy lives if they’ve got a human who is willing to take the time to accommodate their needs,” says TJ.

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With the support of his devoted mother and the enchanting camaraderie he shares with Indy, Pip's story shines as a testament to the extraordinary bonds formed between humans and their furry companions.

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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