Cuddly. Fearless. Goofy.
"Yabba Dabba Doo!!!" - Fred "Twinkle Toes" Flintstone
Party hard sleep hard - That's how Twinkle Toes lives his life. Twinkle Toes is a special boy who lives his life to the fullest. While he does have some trouble getting around due to his severe Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), he doesn't let it stop him from having fun. He's about as graceful as Bambi on ice, but he finds a way to make it work.
Though he's in his teens in cat-years, he still gets the "kitten crazies" from time to time. He loves to jump around and be goofy! One of his favorite activities seems to be scuttling across the floor and launching himself into the air. He's mostly blind, so he can't see toys very well. But he sure can hear them, and he'll hunt them down by following their sound as you drag them around.
Twinkle Toes has a lot to say! He is a chatty fella who definitely starts each day on the right side of the bed. Once you stir in the morning or open a can of food he'll talk your ear off. And if he starts craving companionship and snuggles while you're sleeping, he might just tell you so.
Speaking of snuggles, this boy is a pro! He loves to cuddle in bed early in the morning. He'll wrap himself up in the bedding like a little purrito, peer out at you with his huge expressive eyes, and purr up a storm. He's also a great snuggle buddy when you're in couch potato mode. He'll drape himself over your chest or curl up in your lap, with a look on his face like he has truly found Kitty Heaven!
Twinkle Toes does well with the dog and cats in his foster home. He's afraid of animals he doesn't know, probably because he can't see their body language. He will need a slow introduction to any new companion animals. It's not known how Twinkle Toes does with children, but due to his medical needs he would do best with older kids who know how to be gentle and help him out when he needs it.
Twinkle Toes needs someone who is willing to give a little extra love and care. He does need assistance with eating and relieving himself - he is incontinent and requires some extra medical care, which may include a regulated diet and/or manual expression - and APA! can show you how to help him with this. He can wear kitty diapers, too, which is a big help. He would do best in a home where someone is home for much of the day, or who can come home in the middle of the day to check on him and help him out if he needs it.
Despite the neurological challenges he faces, Twinkle Toes is one happy little guy! He's truly an inspiration, a living example of how to be grateful and joyful for our life as it is, rather than moaning about what we don't have.
Feline cerebellar hypoplasia is a non-progressive, non-contagious neurological condition that causes balance issues. CH cats were born like this and usually wobble or have a funny gait; some cats have a minor imbalance and some are very wobbly! Cats with minor to moderate CH require no special care, or only minor accommodation, like avoiding stairs. Cats adopted from APA! with CH must be kept indoors only. CH cats have the same lifespan as other cats. For more information, please visit: lifewithchcats.com.
All APA! cats are fully vetted, spayed or neutered, and have updated vaccines and a microchip. Lifetime support is offered by our Cat Behavior Team.
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