Disabled kitten and gentle dog attract internet fame

Written by on May 7, 2014 in Critter Love - No comments

The title alone is tugs at the heartstrings:  “Dog Befriends Disabled Kitten.”

The unusual buddy movie, well, 1-minute and 37-second video posted to YouTube last week, features Ralphee the kitten and Max the dog. Ralphee is no ordinary kitten, notes Wakaleo, which posted the video that has already attracted more than 1.4 million views.

“Ralphee’s condition is a neurological disorder known as feline cerebellar hypoplasia. A kitten is born with ‘CH’ when their cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth. These cats are known for their ‘drunken sailor’ walk, which is why they’re known endearingly as ‘wobbly cats.'”


Ralphee, who was rescued from a horse barn, should enjoy the life expectancy of of any other cat – barring other health issues, Wakaleo nots. CH is “non-progressive,” which means it will never get worse, in some cases, owners say that their cats become more capable over time.

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 “Ever since Ralphee was brought home, Max is never far away. He appears to be forever curious and watches over Ralphee wherever she goes. Ralphee is growing more mischievous by the day and loves to see what Max is doing as well. She will often get excited when he is nearby and leap in the air before playfully charging in his direction.”

“Despite her condition, Ralphee is a happy cat who, like most kittens loves affection and causing all sorts of trouble wherever she goes,” Wakaleo adds.

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h/t The Weather Network Photos Wakaleo

 

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