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Mohawk *special needs*

Domestic Short Hair / Mixed (short coat)

Details about Mohawk *special needs*

  • ID C210581
  • Available for Adoption
  • Species: Cat
  • Gender: Male
  • Estimated Birthdate: 4/24/2021
  • Breed: Domestic Short Hair / Mixed (short coat)
  • Owner Experience Needed: None
  • Good with Cats: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All
  • Adoption Fee: $200

More about Mohawk *special needs*

  • Primary Color(s): White (Mostly)
  • Coat Length: Short
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Grooming Needs: Moderate
  • Housetrained/Littertrained: Yes
  • Reaction to New People: Cautious
  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Yard Required: No
  • Fence: Not Required

Name: Mohawk
Adoption Fee: $200

Homeless to living in comfort!!!  Mohawk was living in the woods by the river. Born to a feral cat, he to was considered feral/semi-feral. His eyes were goopy and crusty and he appeared to have an upper respiratory infection going on. What was more concerning was his back legs. He could walk & get around but stumbles and falls a lot. There was no way he was surviving on his own in the wild. Thanks to a couple in town. Mohawk was caught and brought into the rescue.

After 2 weeks of several medications, the upper respiratory symptoms were gone. Mohawk went in for a follow-up appointment and it was determined he has CH.  CH stands for Cerebellar Hypoplasia otherwise known as “wobbly kitten”.  Feline cerebellar hypoplasia is a non-progressive, non-contagious neurological condition that results in walking and balance problems.  

On top of having CH, Mohawk is learning to trust humans. When new people come around he tries to hide and pretends nobody can see him. He hunkers down and makes himself small and won’t move. He pancakes.  He hisses but that’s the extent of his semi-feral behaviors.  Slowly he is learning to trust others and not just me.  It’s a work in progress. 

Mohawk used to run into his kennel when I entered his room. Now, he comes running and flops on my feet looking for love & attention.  He purrs and gives me nose kisses.  Mohawk is estimated at 16-18 weeks old.  He's a typical kitten just with a wobble.  

There isn’t a treatment for CH; however, individuals who have cats with CH will tell you that there doesn’t need to be a treatment. They say their CH kitties are some of the sweetest cats you’ll ever meet, and what they lack in coordination they make up in personality.  I would totally agree with them.   Mohawk is the sweetest kitty.

Cats with CH do require a special owner.  An owner who is devoted to providing the best care possible for a cat with special needs.  Cats with CH will require accommodations in their living environment to ensure their safety.  For example, Mohawk loves to climb the cat tree.  However, due to his balance concerns and falling; multiple pet beds/pillows are placed under and around the cat tree to provide a soft landing if he falls.  Mohawk has not had any experience with steps and needs a home without steps for his safety.  

Here is a link with more information on CH.


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Want to adopt a kitten? We highly recommend you consider bringing home two instead of one! Adopting kittens in pairs has been proven to be beneficial for cats’ emotional and behavioral well-being and greatly improves the likelihood of long-term adopter happiness as a result. Adopting more than one kitten also reduces the risk of “Single Kitten Syndrome” (also known as Tarzan Syndrome), a symptom of under-socialization during a kitten’s most formative weeks. Kittens who are under-socialized may develop aggressive tendencies toward both other animals and humans as they grow, creating lifelong behavioral issues for owners.