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Daily Cute: Dog Befriends Disabled Kitten

“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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3:02PM PDT on Jul 2, 2015

Thank you for sharing.

1:06PM PDT on May 21, 2015

Aw, Ralphee is too cute! And Max is a great, laid back pooch.
Always great to see an animal with disabilities having fun :-)

3:40AM PDT on Apr 18, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

1:45PM PDT on Apr 17, 2015

I love animals friends!

8:37PM PDT on Apr 8, 2015

Just adore Ralphe and Max, such an adorable pair, keep coming back to watch them

6:21AM PDT on Apr 7, 2015

very cute, thanks.

10:35PM PDT on Apr 6, 2015

I think my heart just broke a little. I 💖 that Ralphee has a loyal buddy to watch out for her.

10:35PM PDT on Apr 6, 2015

I think my heart just broke a little. I 💖 that Ralphee has a loyal buddy to watch out for her.

7:58PM PDT on Apr 1, 2015

Ralphee and Max you have just made my day more beautiful, what a beautiful caring dog and an adorable little kitten. thank you for sharing.

Happy Easter Everyone.

7:55PM PDT on Apr 1, 2015

Ralphee and Max you are just so adorable, Max you are doing a wonderful job looking after Ralphee, just so cute. Thank you for sharing.

Happy Easter Everyone.

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