Rookie Fun Facts:
When we met: April 2018
Time it took for Mumma to decide to adopt me: A couple of weeks!
Height: You ever tried to measure a wobbling kitty? Heh heh
Weight: About 4kg, she be a chonk. Big boned of course.
Favourite Food: Definitely fancy feast chicken in gravy.
Favourite Hobby: Falling over, obviously.
Occupation: Drunken girl at parties (parties = dinner time with the other pets in the kitchen.)
Oh nameless wobbly kitty, how did you find yourself without a family?
Perth Rescue Angels sent me a couple of photos, a kitty that probably has the wobbles, alone in an animal facility (a pound). “Can you go get her at all?” And just like that, I was on my way.
This wobbly, bobbly ‘drunken’ kitty was a tabby with just about the cutest spotted tummy and creamy coloured chin I’ve ever seen. She was quiet and a little shy. Likely about 18 months old, and ‘found as a stray’. Thoughts raced through my mind as they always do, like; ‘did they just open the door and let you out?’, ‘did they actually think you’d safely make it back home by yourself, and then just didn’t look for you when you didn’t return?’, I don’t know, and probably never will. Those thoughts break a little piece of my heart every time I meet a rescue pet.
She was quiet the whole way home. Not a peep. We arrived home and the snuggles started, I’ve never met a cat who gives better cuddles than this kitty. Well, I guess she doesn’t give them – she gets them. She melts into you like a liquid and it’s just the cutest thing you’ll ever experience. Then she dribbles because she is so happy… ha ha!
Nameless kitty was booked in for her standard vet work and a confirmation of her suspected neurological disorder. It was confirmed she has Cerebellar Hypoplasia, you can read more about this condition here and here. It’s also been found over time that she has sight issues – these may or may not be related to CH. After her sterilisation and vaccination, she recovered at home with me in a baby onesie – yep, purely to protect her stitches from bumps and knocks. Swiftly, I gave her the name Rookie: what else do you name a kitty who will never really ‘kitty’, she’ll always stumble, she’ll always miss the mark when she pounces, she’ll always fall and bump into things. She will always be a rookie.
This little kitty quickly befriended our senior superstar Birdie, napping together, eating side by side. Always close by. She then moved on to, well just about everyone else in the family. She will lean on anyone nearby for stability and it took a little while for the other pets to realise that she just needs a shoulder to literally lean on while she found her balance. She is everyone’s best friend, takes a swipe of rejection from any of the other cats in her stride, and will crawl over/under/around anyone to be in the best spot for a snooze.
Rookie will always be a little bit of a pain in the butt too. I say that with all the love in the world, she will have accidents outside her litter tray, drop food just about everywhere, need extra cleans and baths, and LOADS of extra attention. She can be shy and a little skittish at times, but I put it down to her sight issues, and of course her CH. She falls flat on her back, falls off the bed, falls over her own feet. Do I care? Not in the slightest.
I made Rookie the same promise I make every pet I meet. I’ll give you everything you need, and if one day I can’t I will make sure someone can help me continue to do that.
Love you guys, Katie x
I was interviewed about the whole crew! Listen here: http://www.remarkablepets.com.au/2019/07/31/podcast-ep-10-building-a-household-of-doggos-bunnies-and-cattos-with-irl-snow-white-katie-from-the-sweetest-meow/
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