Thursday, November 13, 2008
Feral Friday, Tangs disability
Hum....I don't look different, guess I am used to living with(CH)Cerebellar Hypoplasia. Gee, I am only 2 and already I am broken, defective....but mommy says, "No returns...I am hers forever! Here is some information about my disability.
CH cats are sometimes born to females who have suffered Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIE), Feline Panleukopaenia or Feline Distemper.It is usually only seen in kittens born to feral, stray or unvaccinated cats. Affected kittens may not grow as large as unaffected kittens or they may have slower development. The virus affects the cerebellum area of the brain, an area involved in fine motor control. Typical symptoms are poor co-ordination, gait abnormalities and perception. Affected cats are wobbly and have head tremors which are evident when they try to focus on something. Their gait often looks as though their body goes the opposite of what they are telling it to or one part goes in one direction while the other tries to head off elsewhere. ............TANG, "The good news is...barring any accidents caused by unco-ordination, life expectancy doesn't seem to be affect and given a SAFE environment, we can live as long as unaffected cats. Whew, good thing 'cause aside from missing a doorway or falling off a windowsill....I think I do pretty well for a little orange squirt!!! Please check out "DUDE" he is in a shelter in NYC. He is also affect with this disability and if you click on his photo you can find out more about him and see all of his cute photos. THANK YOU from me and DUDE!!!!