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So I've decided to take a jump and adopt a pair of kittens from a local rescue.
I want siblings, and preferably a male/female pair.

Now 2 of the kittens I'm looking at are 12 weeks old, they are extremely sweet. They were rescued from a really bad situation along with their mom and siblings.

They both have cerebellar hypoplasia, the male is more severe than the female, and he also has a broken tail.
I have never had a kitten with this condition, let alone two, but they are just so sweet and loving that I believe they deserve a chance!

Are there any special considerations I should make for these two?

I did have a kitten who was born without his tibia and fibula in both hind legs, but I only fostered him for a month before he was adopted. So I do have some experience with disabled cats but not all that much...

I haven't yet decided 100% if these are the 2 kittens that I want, but I sat with them for an hour yesterday and I fell in love. So I'd say I'm about 99.9% sure!
 

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I know that feeling! I don't know why but those special kitties always end up walking off with the biggest part of your heart.

The biggest thing to remember is that they are not hurt or sick, just different. They have the same life expectancy as any other cat, and since the condition doesn't get worse, they will only get better as they learn to "work around it".
The good thing is that they don't know they have it, so they will learn to do things in a way that works for them.
Here is a link to some really good tips that may help you.

CH Topics & Tips | Life with Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cats
 

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They definitely seem extremely happy, and they don't let their issues stop them. According to the rescue owner, the female has improved a lot since she first arrived, she's gotten used to her condition and gets around really well. She even jumped off of my shoulder onto the ground (she faceplanted.. but at least she wasn't afraid). She's very bold, and outgoing, and SO friendly.
The boy has a harder time, I think because of the broken tail, it's broken right at the base, so he has an even harder time balancing. He falls over a lot but doesn't seem to care at all. He is calm and quiet and loving, he gives kisses all the time.

They're just happy, healthy babies and I think they will be a great addition to my little family. Their personalities are different, but they get along extremely well which I love.
 

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I attached a picture of them, it isn't very good but you can clearly see the little guy's broken tail.

I decided to adopt them, they are getting fixed on Friday and then I can take them home.

I've decided to name the female Aurora (Rory for short) and the male I'd like to name Zack but I'm not sure it suits him yet haha.
 

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The rescue owner said she was very close to having them euthanized until the little girl kissed her nose, and then she just couldn't bring herself to do it. She said they would have become mascots for the shelter because she didn't think they would be adopted, but I am SO happy that I get to bring these babies home and let them live their lives with a loving family.

I will get more photos once I have them home, there were SO many kittens at the shelter I couldn't even focus enough to get photos on these 2 hahaha.
 

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Kayepaye,
I Absolutely agree with Heather!
Blessings to you and these Very Special Sweet babies!!
If Zack (?) Seems to be having balance issues, due to his tail...
I'm wondering if surgery, to "Bob" it at the break, wouldn't help with that...
Since cats do use their tails as rudders, to an extent, when running, jumping, etc.
If he has NO control over his tail, that could account for the balance issues, for example, he wants to "Zig" but his tail "Zags"...throws off his natural balance...
Looking at the picture, he looks like he'd be a very good candidate for tail surgery, and he'd still have a very cute little short tail left and if he is anything like my Biscuit, that little stump is held straight up like an exclamation mark!!
It's only a thought, I figured I'd throw out there...

And like Dumine said, whatever degree they're at right now, is the degree it will stay at.
They will only get better as they learn how to work around everything!!
Sharon
 

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Awww, do it!! I had to look it up to see exactly what this was and I read part of the Wikipedia description of the ailment. I think if you are 99.9% sure you should take the plunge, save those little loves and be rewarded with the knowledge that 99.9% of people would overlook kittens with this condition! They can lead wonderful, full lives with love and some simple considerations.
 

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Awww, do it!! I had to look it up to see exactly what this was and I read part of the Wikipedia description of the ailment. I think if you are 99.9% sure you should take the plunge, save those little loves and be rewarded with the knowledge that 99.9% of people would overlook kittens with this condition! They can lead wonderful, full lives with love and some simple considerations.
I'm bringing them home Friday after they get fixed :D
 

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They are PRECIOUS, oh my goodness. It always hits me hard when I read that this-or-that cat was going to be put down before they were rescued, and so I am very happy that they found you.

I hope you'll be able to post more pics once you have them! Good luck!
 

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One of my sisters adopted a cat with this. His is pretty bad. He has a hard time eating....although you couldn't tell by looking at him and he does have a hard time with the litterbox...he falls over constantly. He is sooooo sweet, it breaks my heart. He plays withe other cats. She has to make sure he isn't up high because landing could be very hurtful and damaging to him. So she is always making sure he is ok.

Congrats on the babies..its nice that they have each other....and YOU ;)
 

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Aww, they're SO sweet! No wonder you fell in love, and how wonderful that you're not put off by their condition. I seem to see kitties with cerebellar hypoplasia more often than I'd expect to. Either it's more common than I think, or maybe they're harder to adopt out.

I hope that something can be done about Zack's tail. Did the rescue have any idea how it happened? I guess it's not causing him any pain?

They're lucky to have found you! :)
 

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You are so fantastic to take these two on and they hit the jackpot to be going to you. It always amazes me how adaptable to any physical issues animals can be. I can't wait to follow them. Please give us regular updates
 
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