|Purred: Tue Dec 27, '11 7:00am PST |
|My cat Andy had CH. He was actually originally diagnosed with brain damage from a car accident, but it was most likely CH as per the vet we went to.
Andy had trouble jumping, but could manage to climb to the sofa and curl up. He did everything most cats do. He could climb staairs but he was about 2 when I got him-it might have been an issue when he was a baby.
He was one of the most gentle cats I've ever known. He had no idea there was anything wrong with him. He played with my other cats, ate, drank, and used the box. We had 2 boxes for him, one a smaller uncovered box in the corner of the bathroom, and another we had tucked in the corner of our living room that was large and covered. The one in the bathroom was his,exclusively, and he also would curl up on the bathmat there sometimes, too.
Andy was always clumsy, but he got around just fine. He wasn't any more extra work, really, than any other cat. If there were moments there were, it was definately worth it. When I was sad, he'd come and crawl up the back of the couch and lay there and put his paw on my shoulder. It was like he knew.
Andy left for Rainbow when he was nearly 19 years old. He is much missed. of all the cats I've ever known, perhaps he was the most special in that he overcame a 'handicap'. But then, no one told him that he had anything different with him. The other cats certainly didn't.
There is no reason to put your CH baby down. He's done nothing wrong, and the small accomodations for him will be that-small. I've met many CH kitties over the time I worked in a no kill shelter. They were 'special' adoptions, but all those I knew lived long and full lives. CH can't be passed to other cats. Will he have 'limitations'? Maybe. Maybe he'll surpass what many 'normal' cats can do.
I can tell you that your little angel has a very special place in your life...and can teach you much if you let him.
While stairs may be a 'problem' there is a simple matter of putting the box upstairs in a quiet place for him and putting a gate at the top of the stairs so he can't get there and fall and maybe get hurt. Putting another box upstairs is not a biggie.
There is something about these kitties that make them very loving.
All the best,
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