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CH Kitty Club Newsletter
March 2013                                                                                                         Issue # 29
Zooey, the worlds most adorable CH Cocker Spaniel

 Welcome to the CH Kitty Newsletter 



We introduced to you Zooey in the February issue :  Zooeys Story .  


Happy endings really do come true and thanks to Zooeys  mom and to Zooeys new mom for loving such a sweet CH Doggie.   You both are amazing people and Zooey is a lucky little dog to have you both!  




             Thank you to all the CH Kitty Rescue gals and guy for making this a happy ending!

                    You can follow Zooey;s journey on Facebook:  Follow Zooey's Journey

                                                         Debbie     &      Elise


My Long Journey to CH 

My Long Journey to CH

By:  Melissa Smith


Jimmy Stewart


The story of how I came to love a CH cat cannot be told without telling the story of the best friend I've ever had: my cat, Jimmy Stewart.


Stewart taught me the joys of owning a cat. He greeted me at the door every night when I returned home. He groomed me, holding my face between his paws to give me a proper cleaning. He was my provider, "hunting" his toys and leaving them on my pillow where I'd find them when I awoke. Each night, he'd settle next to me and wrap his paws around my fingers, holding my hand as I fell asleep.


Cats get stereotyped as being self-centered, aloof creatures. Dogs have owners, people say, while cats have servants. That wasn't the case with Stewart. To him, I was the center of the universe, and the planets revolved around me. Everything he did was to please me. He stuck with me through the good times and the bad. No matter what went wrong in my life, he was there to help in his own special way.


But as these stories usually go, Stewart's life was no fairy tale. He had a heart condition that worsened each year. At the age of one, he required surgery because of urinary crystals. At five, he was back in surgery for bladder stones. And at the heartbreakingly young age of ten, he lost his life to cancer.


I was devastated. Inconsolable. And so was my other cat, Shadow, who had come to live with us after her previous owner, my grandmother, passed away. Shadow never particularly liked Stewart. Yet after his death, every time I opened a door, Shadow would race through, calling to him. When he didn't appear, she'd look at me, confusion in her eyes. Her loneliness was palpable.


I wasn't ready. Who is after such a loss? But a month after Stewart's death, I found myself visiting shelters, searching for a new friend for Shadow. I had a specific list of requirements: the new cat had to be female (fewer urinary issues), short-haired (less brushing), and adult. Most importantly, the cat had to pick me. 

Mad Max after Surgery.


One Sunday, at my third shelter of the day, I met a senior, short-haired girl. She was very loving-with the volunteer on duty. But she completely ignored me. I started to stand, tired of looking and wanting to head home. The volunteer wasn't ready to give up on me. She said she had one more cat she wanted me to meet, even though he wasn't "precisely" what I was looking for.


That "he" had me shaking my head. No males! But before I could respond, she opened a cage door, and this tiny puffball came tumbling out. In two hops, he'd cleared the length of the room and landed on my shirt, climbing up to get a good look at me. Then that three-month-old, long-haired, male kitten did exactly what my best friend used to do: propped his paws on my cheeks and gave my nose a good cleaning. My heart melted. Thank you, Stewart, I thought. I knew Stewart had sent this precious beast down to me from heaven. Without a second thought, I reached for the adoption application.


In all honesty, I just wanted a healthy cat. That wasn't to be. Mad Max's health issues became evident on the third day I had him. "He's got something funny going on with his eye," the vet said during that first wellness check. Here we go again, I thought.


Even Stewart's many medical problems didn't prepare me for Mad Max's first year. He lost 50% of his vision in one eye at four months. At five months, he began attacking his tail, one night even biting off the tip to expose bone. Two partial tail amputations and lots of Prozac later, we began noticing that he walked funny. Then there were the balance issues. He fell all the time. He couldn't jump or climb. By his first birthday, his "good" eye was completely obscured by a type of cataract caused by head trauma. Oh Stewart, I thought, of all the cats in the world, why did you send me this one?


Cerebellar hypoplasia was the vet's hesitant diagnosis. I did my homework and felt hopeful: CH is non-progressive. It doesn't require special medical treatment. Yet in the pit of my stomach, I knew Mad Max didn't have CH. He was getting worse every month. So off we went to a new vet and finally received a correct diagnosis. Mad Max had grade-4 patella luxation in both knees, the worse the vet had ever seen. "This cat needs surgery immediately," the vet told me. "In another few months, his pain will be unbearable, and euthanasia will be the only humane option."


Guilt flooded me. How could I not know my cat was in pain? He didn't show it. But pain was all Mad Max had ever known, the vet explained, so he had learned to live with it. 

Mad Max

 The final blow came from the orthopedic surgeon a few days later: the operation to fix Mad Max's knees would cost $4,000. I felt nauseous when I saw the estimate. I couldn't afford that! But Mad Max was not even two years old. He deserved a second chance, so I depleted my meager savings and took out a loan to pay the bill.


He was at the hospital for five days and came home unable to walk and on eight different medications. For three months, he lived in a crate, permitted to leave only for meds and physical therapy. The surgery worked, but after close to two years of walking on damaged knees, Mad Max was left with severe arthritis. He's still in pain, and unfortunately, unlike CH, his condition will continue to worsen. My goal is to get him to his fifth birthday in August.


I'll never forget the night I brought Mad Max home from the hospital. The vet techs warned that he might not walk for at least another week. But as I was getting him settled into the crate, he finally stood and took his first steps. His destination? My lap, where he began kneading my leg, purring up a storm. And that's when I finally understood what Stewart had been trying to teach me: Cats with "special needs" have a special place in my heart.


So last August, when a fellow rescuer sent me a video of a "brain-damaged" kitten she'd seen in a kill shelter, one who wobbled and bobbled and shook all over, I immediately knew Stewart was sending me another gift. Because of my experience with Mad Max, I knew that this little guy had CH. I knew our rescue would save him, and that I'd be his foster mom. And I knew, ultimately, that I'd end up keeping him. And I did.


I lost my best friend, but he showed me the beauty of these remarkable animals. It's a gift that keeps on giving. And I've never looked back.


-Melissa Smith (on Facebook as Mad Max's Hannah)

The World According to Riley Dean: Spring Has Sprung!
By Riley Dean (With a Little Help From Mommy)  


Hi, everybody! This year on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. Hooray! This means that we can start planting and gardening early, and why not start a garden that your CH-er can enjoy as well? My mommy is planning to start a cat grass (also known as sweet oat grass) and catnip garden just for me and my adopted siblings. If that sounds like a fun spring gardening project, here are some tips, from Riley Dean to you!


1. You don't need a lot of space! Even if you don't have a backyard or a lot of gardening space, you can grow cat grass and catnip. In fact, both plants tend to grow better indoors rather than out. Catnip in particular can take over an entire garden if left to grow in lots of space. Therefore, it makes more sense to try and grow both plants on a sunny windowsill, or in any area that gets lots of sunlight (which is where your kitties may tend to lounge anyway).


2. You don't need a lot of time! There are several brands of easy growing kits that you can purchase either online or at major pet retailers. You just follow the directions, add water, and let it go on its own. Some pet stores even sell them already grown, so all you have to do is maintain them. Nurseries and hardware stores with garden sections will also often have both seeds and plants.


3. However, if you want to get fancy
...CH kitty parents with green thumbs may want to start with seeds and pot them "from scratch." A shorter, wide (for example, ceramic) pot may work best, especially to keep your kitty from tipping it over (and to make it extra accessible to your CH-er). Be careful of using organic blend soils in indoor plants. Some organic soils may contain small bits of food compost (attracting ants) or even insect larvae. And of course, stay away from fertilizers and pesticides! We'll be sticking our noses in that! Heh heh. 


4. Safe plants vs. Unsafe Plants: If you're like my mommy, you sometimes like to have several windowsill plants going at the same time. She often starts her seedlings indoors and then replants them outside once they've grown. However, growing cat grass and catnip may attract your kitty to your gardening area, so make sure not to keep it near any plants that can be poisonous to us! This includes many lilies, poinsettias, tomatoes, onions, and other bulb plants. For a complete list of plant species that are toxic to cats, check out the ASPCA's website:


Many vets believe that cat grass is a good source of fiber, niacin and vitamin B. The catnip can be dried and used to put in our toys or even brew catnip tea (just make sure to let it get back down to room temperature before you give it to us)! Well, that's all for this month! Enjoy the spring weather, everybody! 

A revisit with Abe 2 years later!
                                                                                 Written by proud mom Beth Shelby
We first met Abe in  March 2010 Newsletter.  Here is a new update 2 years later with his friends Jazz and Sadie.
Since the last article Able has been doing awesome and even does some traveling.
He was the inspiration for an article on CH in the Pennsylvania Veterinary Technician's e-newsletter that gave practical info on CH and day to day tips on caring for CH kitties to Vet Techs in PA.
He travels quite a bit now. His first overnight stay was at his Aunt's house in Norristown Pa. Now he viits her a few times a year and makes a trip to Northeast PA with his pal Miss Sadie to visit my folks.
He likes it there where he has his very own bed and he is so comfortable there that he even lets everyone sleep in. Usually he makes sure everyone is up before 6am. When he is on holiday in NEPA, he lets us all sleep till 8 or 9. When not hanging out with us he gets to stay in a collapsable kennel that fits his litterbox and has pleanty of room. Everything including towels, litter, kennel and bowls fits in the litterbox when we are ready to pack up and drive. we have it down to a science! 
He is great in the car and hardly makes a peep. So far he has traveled as long as 2.5 hours in the car at a time. I make sure he has used the litterbox before we leave to be sure he is comfortable and he usually naps in the car or makes cute little purry noises. He has also made several trips to hang out at the Alpaca farm where I farm sit every now and then. His commanding personality takes over right away. All of the dogs calm down and the cats stop chasing eachother. His biggest fan at the farm is Jazz his Pittie girlfriend. She loves him. She is usually full of energy but gets very calm and quiet around Abe. She licks him and lets him balance between her legs. He likes her too. When Jazz's mom and dad came home his mom asked how I got Jazz to be so calm. I told her it was Abe. That whenever I take him out of his kennel in the spare room, she quiets down. He has some kind of CH power over her.
 When I picked him up I was warned that he may not make it to 6 months. Now almost 2 1/2 years later he is going strong. He has had 2 episodes (that we know of) that seemed like mini strokes. We know that every day together is borrowed time but really, all of us are on borrowed time. No one knows when their time will come. A few months ago Miss Sadie had a vestibular episode. It is common in old dogs and she was very lucky that it wasn't more severe. Though it scared the bejesus out of me, she and Abe took it in stride. She was in her kennel which faces his kennel when it started. Even though I am a vet tech and I have seen this before, when it is your own, it's different. I was in tears, I have had bouts of Vertigo and I knew she had to be scared. Miss Sadie was so strong and it was almost as if Abe gave her a pep talk. If he can live unbalanced every moment of every day, she would get through it too. He was much quieter around her while she was dealing with it and they napped together a lot. It took about 3 weeks but she worked through it and it ended up being mild as the episodes go. The two of them are closer than ever now! Abe lives every day to the fullest, he falls, a lot but he keeps trying and in the end, isn't that what we should all do!
Pictures of Jazz the grey pittie, and Miss Sadie the terrier and Able the grey and white CH kittieextraraodinaire.

Plea to help PJ!!
PJ was found through a craigslist ad and needed someone who could take care of her special needs. Currently she is with Michelle Micklewright Canzano in Washington State, and is currently undergoing vet care. PJ is having seizure like episodes and she is hypertensive to noise and sometimes to normal movement. She is also having episodes of nystagmus. Rapid eye movement, which is an indication of something going on with her brain.

 This is a collection for an MRI!!!!!
Update from Michelle Micklewright Canzano Update on PJ's Neurological appointment:

  I have good and "bad" news. Good news, PJ has gained back the weight she was before xmas and then some. Also Dr. Saunders does not feel she is having true seizures. He feels they are vestibular events. The "bad" news, we really don't have a diagnosis. Top of his list is moderate/severe CH. At first he thought we were talking about Congestive Heart Failure. We had a good laugh. He is concerned about the nystagmus and the vestibular events as those aren't typical with CH. Her sight concerns he does contribute to CH as there is a sight component in the cerebellum. So the differential diagnosises are cerebellar abiotrophy, degeneration, hypoplasia/dysplasia, syringomyelia, meningitis/myelitis, hypoxia, trauma and vascular abnormalities or storage disease.

Ultimately the best diagnostic test is the MRI/and possible CSF analysis (roughly $1700). We could also do antibiotics/anti-inflammatory meds to see if there is improvement on them. The other option is time. If she stays static or improves then there is much less concern of some degenerative issue.

The biggest thing he said that can be done for her is continue the good nutrition and to encourage her to move around (of course all I want to do is hold her, Bad "Foster" Mom!).

Hugs from me and PJ to all of you.
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March Birthdays
Luna Süna and Spike- Born, March 13, 2012

Luna and Spike will be a year old on March 13th.

Since their trip here last May, they have flourished. Luna is the more active of the two, she can run, although it is a side ways run. She stops be either racing into a wall, or just throwing herself on the floor. She has never figured out that she can just slow down and stop. She's a very funny cat!

Spike still can't walk and is mostly blind. I think he sees shadows, or maybe his hearing is just super developed. We did get him a walker (thank you) but we need to work on getting him a harness that he likes better than the one that came with it. I think he understands what the walker is for, but can't figure out exactly how to get it to work. I will continue to work with him. Heck, maybe he just prefers to be carried around. I even got him a personalized over the shoulder carrier, his little head sticks out the top, it's sooo cute.
Proud Mom: Lizzie Barrett
Shakey Born March 14, 2004 
    This year our little reason for living will be 9 years old.
      She is the light of our lives and so lucky to have her.
                  Happy Birthday Shakey, we love you!!!
           Proud Parents: Debbie Martin and Wilbur Pierson
Flip, Resident Kitty at Oakland Animal Services
Hi everyone! My name is Flip the Resident Kitty and I currently live at Oakland Animal Services.
 I'm a young cat that came into the shelter with  "Cerebellar Hypoplasia".  
Please Click to join my page Facebook Page
If you live in the Oakland area and would like to meet me stop by to say hello.   
If you are interested adopting a Cat or a Dog please come to our facility
I was recently featured on Right This Minute. Enjoy!!!!
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A visit with Author Ruth Hartman Berge and CH Kitty Betty

By: Debbie Martin


Last month while in Florida I had the pleasure of meeting the author Ruth Berge and her CH Kitty Betty .  Ruth, a writer was inspired by Betty and wrote the childrens book " Betty Tales".


Before arriving,  Ruth warned me that Betty was a little shy and leary of strangers,  I told her "not to worry" having the same experience with my Shakey.   


When I arrived at Ruth's home,  Betty was on stranger alert and she scurried quickly underneath the cocktail table.  She was just the cutest little thing sitting under the table for safety with her front legs splayed out in that common CH Kitty  sitting position.    I leaned down to say hello but she told me to "back off human" with a cute little hiss,    I was not offended at all but just took in her cuteness and enjoyed her presence and observing her CH characteristics and how well she gets around on tile floor. 


She also is a great climber as she dashed away to escape to safety fearing I could be a threat.  She took off like a bolt of lightening in her mind  heading to the carpeted stairs and she cruised right on up to the second floor.   


However, she was curious  of me and came back down to the second landing where we met face to face.  Eventually, Betty came back downstairs again and secured herself under the cocktail table.  Comming out from time to time out of curiousity for the remaining of my visit



I enjoyed meeting and speaking to Ruth very much and was truely touched that her little Betty had inspired her to write a childrens book about Betty having Cerebellar Hypoplasia.   Ruth's goal for her book essentially is to use "Betty's Tale's" in educating children about animals with special needs.   She has been invited to schools, libraries and book stores speaking about Betty Tales and Betty.    Her big and longtime goal is to see her book in Shelters, Vets.Offices and on  television to spread the word about Cerebellar Hypoplasia.


I had an awesome visit with a wonderful woman and a wonderful CH Kitty and felt so warm and fuzzy inside  that  a special needs kitty touched Ruths heart and has inspired her to spread the word about Cerebellar Hypoplasia Kitties with her childrens book.   


Thank you Ruth!!!!


If you are involved with  childrens education, a vet, a shelter or rescue,  would like to have her on your radio or TV show or featured in an article.


Contact Ruth Via email at :



The True Story of a Brave Bobblehead Cat


               To order Betty Tales which retails for $6.00 please click the following:

                                                               Order Betty Tales Here


Authored by Ruth Hartman Berge
Illustrated by Ray Russotto

Betty Tales The True Story of a Brave Bobblehead Cat is a small book about an equally small cat with a big heart. The hero of the story is Betty, a little cat whose attitude says "I can do that!" Born with cerebellar hypoplasia, Betty found a home with the author and her family. Little did they know when they took her in that Betty would teach them about determination, persistence and acceptance. Written for a third grade reading level with delightful illustrations by artist, Ray Russotto, the book shares the lessons Betty's family has learned and teaches children and adults to overcome obstacles. Just as Betty learned to climb stairs, a major obstacle in her life, we all can learn to climb over obstacles in our own lives. Disabilities need not define what a person becomes. 


About the author: 

Ruth Hartman Berge is a native of Florida. A columnist for Seabreeze Publications, Inc., Ruth also blogs about Florida history and her memories of growing up in paradise. She is currently hard at work on a collection of short stories that combine her memories with the history of Florida and Palm Beach County. 

While not primarily a writer of children's books, Ruth is a mother of two and as her children were growing up, searched for books that entertained her children as well as taught them important concepts. She has brought her skills as a writer, and her admiration of Betty's determination, to tell a story that needed to be told. She hopes that Betty's story inspires others to "climb those stairs!"



Poppie - The Afghan Cat

This is a wonderful site that Janet Katz created for CH Kitty Poppie,

Thank you Janet for allowing us to share Poppie's Story


                 Poppie is an unusual cat because he comes from Afghanistan.


Please read more about Poppie and his adventure including Photos, stories and Videos on link below:


He walked into our compound in Kabul and immediately rubbed against the legs of everyone including the guards. This meant he was not a feral cat, though he never did this again.  We think someone might have dropped him off with us, hoping that foreigners would feed him.  He was very weak and thin and I thought he might be suffering fatally from one of those diseases cats get.  My husband insisted on bringing him into our little house in the compound but in my view, he would then become "our cat" and we could not leave him behind when we left.  My husband agreed, not knowing the consequences of this action.


This so far unnamed cat just needed food and some attention and he improved.  We used the services of a young local veterinarian who had an office nearby. He made a house call since we didn't have a carrier and brought medicine for worms and gave the cat several shots.  We noticed that the cat walked oddly and the vet thought he had been hit by a car and needed ground up calcium tablets to speed up his recovery.

In the meantime, Poppie ended up with a name "borrowed" from another cat in Kabul who was a) female and b) had a red tail.  Poppie, who is male and black and white, has not suffered from gender identification issues as our British friend has threatened since Poppie or Poppy is a popular name for female cats in the UK. The poppy is a significant and red flower in Afghanistan, of course. We added the "ie" to try to make it slightly more masculine.



When Poppie's walking did not improve, we consulted a British vet who was in Afghanistan as an advisor for an agricultural program.  He had done some small animal practice but could not identify the problem specifically; only that it was part of the central nervous system and probably would not get better.  It didn't matter as Poppie, who the vet declared to be about eight months old, was using the litter box (yes, there was very expensive litter in Kabul) and responding to his new name.                                                                  


There was also very good and relatively inexpensive cat food in Kabul and Poppie gained weight.  He wasn't very affectionate at the time, pulling his head away when we petted him but we would wake up with him sleeping between us.  He would come running up to me in the garden when I came home from work making the guards laugh, as his gait was so peculiar.


We did connect with Tigger House, the animal shelter started by Pam Constable, the Washington Post reporter. The vets there, who had been trained by British and other foreign vets, neutered Poppie. They also noted that the other Afghan vet who had started a "pet passport" for Poppie had given him a rabies shot for dogs!  Poppie hated the trip to Tigger House and howled the few blocks in the car, an indication of traveling issues to come.

The time came when we had to leave and Poppie was going to come to the U.S. with us.  I had to depart before Poppie was able to get on a plane to Islamabad, Pakistan, the first leg of his trip to the U.S.   Poppie could not come with us, as we had to travel through Dubai, which had complicated quarantine issues so he had to go a different route by himself.  We dropped him off at Tigger House and hoped for the best.


                                             Click here to find out more about Poppie!

 CH Kitties In the News - Lost Paws Animal Rescue, Bridgewater,  New Jersey


Lyn Serino founder of Lost Paws Animal Rescue in Bridgewater hit their local paper in New Jersey and Cerebellar Hypoplasia Kitties get a shout out!

Quake CH Kitty is 10 mths old



Many may or may not know of Lost Paws and the outstanding rescue efforts they are a part of in New Jersey. Well, helping many CH Kitties in high kill shelters and also those who are shelter bound and found stumbling in the streets are just some of the lucky cats Lost Paws helps!!!!


Please read article here: The Messenger Gazette


Join Their Facebook Page Lost Paws Facebook Page


The 3  CH Kitties featured Quake, Tipsy and Zen are for adoption, if you would like to learn more or where you can meet them please contact Lost Paws Via  .



Tipsy CH Kitty is 5 mths old
Zen CH Kitty  is 8 mths


To Volunteer or to

foster, please call

Lost Paws Animal

Rescue in Bridgewater

New Jersey!

Call :

(908) 331-1551




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Reese CH Kitty.


Desperate Plea for Reese living in a cage. (To the right)

CH Kitty Reese in Southern New Jersey needs home NOW!!!!!


She is living in a cage NOW!!!  The other cats are picking on her!!!!!   We need to get Reese a home ASAP!!!!!   Out of state adopters please consider helping Reese!!!!!!!

A little more than 4 years ago I adopted out a tortie kitten with CH. I just got her returned. The family moved to Pennsylvania and did not choose to take her with them. Reese is a good girl that gets along with other cats. I think she would do best in a family with another cat or two or as the only cat. 


Here is the rescues link for Reese: 

Contact Kim about Reese at    



CH Wheelie Kitty Philly in Wilmington, Delaware


ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM! I'm Philly, and I'm a cat with wheels! SOME people say no one will ever adopt me, but I betcha someone will. Cuz I'm irresistible!!!! 
Now, my foster mama did say to tell you some things about me. Yes, I can eat and drink on my own, and use the litterbox, but I do have some special needs, and need a little exercise every day to stay strong. (Hey, doesn't EVERYBODY?) She works at the Delaware Humane Association in Wilmington, and if you think you or someone you know might want their own zoomy cat, she will happily bring me in so you can meet me and, if I do say so myself, fall head over wheels in love with me.


So please click my link: or call up my foster mama at (302) 571-8171 ext. 303, or email her at . She can tell you ALL about me!


Neuro pup Tipper in Sultan, WA looking for a home!


My name is Tipper.  Pasado's Safe Haven rescued me from shelter which was a scary environment for me.  You see, I am a very sweet and gentle guy.  I love other dogs and am even very patient with hyper and dominant dogs.  But, when I get to excited, I have an undiagnosed condition that causes me to "tip" over.  So, being able to come to the sanctuary really helped me. by having a more peaceful environment.


I'm not only a handsome guy...I'm kinda the total package!  I'm a very smart boy - I know how to "sit, kennel up, and stay!"   And oh, do I know how to love and cuddle!

I'm approximately 6 years old and an American Staffordshire mix.



Penny, CH kitty in South Elgin, IL needs a home!




Penny came to us in August of 2012 when she was only three weeks old. She was unable to walk, eat, or drink on her own. Later, she was diagnosed with a neurologic disorder called Cerebellar Hypoplasia. With the help of the clinic staff and volunteers, she learned to eat and drink on her own. Penny is currently in a foster home where she is making great strides towards walking. She is able to get around by rolling and crawling to where she wants to go. She loves to run and tumble around and play with her toys, and when she's tired she loves to cuddle in bed. Penny is litterbox trained and requires a modified litterbox that she can roll in and out of with ease. She is good with the foster's big and small dogs and her other cats. Penny has so much love to give and is looking for the perfect owner to love her and her special needs. 


Please call the shelter for more details and to schedule an appointment to meet Penny. All of our animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up to date on all their vaccinations prior to adoption. For more information on this cat, or any of our other animals, please give us a call at 847.697.2880 ext. 22 or stop by the shelter during our open hours.  


St. Joseph, MO - Terra the trilling CH kitty needs a new home









Terra is a sweet CH kitty who trills in place of meowing. She is occasionally litter-box trained, but mostly paper-trained. She lives in NW MO, in a town called St. Joseph. Terra needs a good, secure home w/ understanding parents.  If you're interested in adopting Terra, please contact Elise at








Eight CH kitties in North Carolina need homes!  Transport available!


All of the beautiful cats in this album have a neurological disorder called cerebellar hypoplasia (CH). CH is a non-painful congenital condition that results in cats having a cute, wobbly walk. It is not contagious, does not worsen with time, and does not require medication. CH cats live and act just like any other cat, minus their adorable walk. All cats are currently in foster care in Chapel Hill, North Carolina but transport is available. Everyone is fully vetted (spayed/neutered, vaccinated, FIV/Felk negative, and microchipped) and does great with dogs and cats. Please help our special needs cats find homes - hit share! Email  if you are interested in adding a special member to your family. Transport is available to anywhere in the Midwest or along the East Coast for qualified adopters.  
View all of the CH kitties here: 



Hope you loved this month's newsletter, we love making it happen!!!   


Bye Bye Everybody! Love Ziggy

Elizabeth Holochwost

Founder of the  CH Kitty Club

CH Kitty Yahoo Group

CH Kitty Club Newsletter Archives



Neal Helman

Editor and Best Daddy Cat and Ziggy's Bestfriend 

Debbie Martin

Adoption Specialist/ Temporary Newsletter Editor 

Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cats and Kittens                        


Elise Murphy

Temporary Newsletter Editor

Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cats and Kittens






In Loving Memory of Tardy Peebucket

President of Love and his mommy's heart


We miss you Tardy!

Ziggy Wigg'n