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