Dog befriends disabled kitten (video)

Max the cattle dog has taken a liking to Ralphee, a kitten with feline cerebellar hypoplasia.

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The YouTube description explains what that is, but fortunately it’s not a degenerative condition, and cats apparently can live long fulfilling lives with the problem. At first the video made me a bit sad, for the cat, but apparently, other than the jitters, it’s fine.

I remember going over to my brother’s once, when he had a litter of kittens, and watching his female german shepherd treat those kittens like they were hers. If one got too far away, she’d run over, pick the kitten up in her mouth, and carry her back to us. Another was on the coffee table, and kept walking to the edge of the table, and dog would swing around and bump her back so she wouldn’t fall – just circling the table everywhere the kitten went. It was amazing to watch.

Ralphee the kitten and Max the cattle dog are an odd couple who seem besotted with each other’s company after they were introduced following Ralphee’s rescue from a barn at a horse stable.

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.”

Unless a CH cat has other health issues, their life expectancy is the same as a cat’s without CH. Since the condition is non-progressive, it will never get worse — and in some cases, owners say that their cats become more capable over time.

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.


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  • MIMI SAGE

    This is such a cute kitten!!! Do you have anymore videos of them?

  • kabulate

    Truly beautiful.

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  • richardgrabman

    We had the opposite problem when the kitten died unexpectedly, and the dog was in mourning for two weeks.

  • rich1103

    To bad humans can’t act like this to each other. This is such a beautiful friendship.

  • https://twitter.com/rickroberts Rick Roberts

    Well, life.

  • pappyvet

    Simply beautiful

  • jomicur

    I am SO in love with these two animals!

  • PeteWa

    is it just me or does the kitten have a print of the dogs face on its side?
    very cute.

  • Indigo

    Sweet dog, adorable kitten.

  • cole3244

    i have rescued cats since 1979 and always have many in my house, an animal should always have another one to relate to rather than having to depend on humans for all their interaction imo.
    nice story to start the weekend.

  • HelenRainier

    Ralphee is adorable, and I hope she and Max have many wonderful years of friendship. I suspect they will.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That dog is wonderful, and the kitten is very lucky. I’ll be a bit of a Debbie Downer. The kitten will probably outlive his adopted mommy. We had a kitten who became best friends with our two year old Golden Retriever. They had a wonderful 10 years together, but eventually the cat was left alone. She looked for her dog for a couple of years.

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