I'm being cared for by:
Tenth Life Cat Rescue
Facts about Hippo
- Breed: Domestic Shorthair
- Color: Black (All)
- Age: Young
- Sex: Female
- Hair: Short
My name is Hippo!
I am already spayed, a special needs pet, up to date with shots, not good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.
Hi, I'm Hippo. Like my wonky whiskers? They're kinda my calling card.
I was born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), which just means my cerebellum is underdeveloped. Most likely, my mama had distemper when she was pregnant with me and it affected my growth. Like most kitties with CH, it can be more challenging to walk and I can be quite the messy eater. But that's also due to the fact that my top teeth are missing.
I'm proud to say that I've learned to do all of these things the other cats do except for jumping or climbing. I can't do those things but I'm totally not jealous. My foster family is happy to put me on the couch or bed when I ask or try. I do fall down sometimes but, hey, I get right back up! I use the litter box pretty darn well but remember that I'm wobbly, which means I can occasionally fall and make a mess. I don't really mind a bath and I won't out up a fight or anything. Just cuddle me up in a towel afterward and we're good.
I'd probably do better in a house with carpeting because it provides more traction for walking and some cushion for when I fall down. However, I live with hardwood floors now and have adapted quite well. I cannot go up and down stairs and I'd hate to fall down them, so please block them off with a baby gate or door. Also, I really shouldn't be left alone on high furniture unsupervised because, just like other kitties, I can get excited and try to catch a bug and fly right off.
I love to cuddle with dogs and humans but it takes a while for me to warm up to new places, people, and pets. So, I'll need your kindness and patience. Most cats don't get me but I love to play with those who do. I adore dinner time (or anytime food is offered), the bathroom rug, and rolling around a freshly cleaned floor. I enjoy playing with interactive toys, come running at the sound of bells, and can chase balls and other kitty tails just as well as other kitties (with some wobbling and falling, of course). Cuddling on the couch or in bed is my favorite. I'm totally willing to be your lap warmer for life. In fact, I'll will sleep in bed all night so long as I'm with someone I trust. Again, building trust just takes some time and patience.
I do get overstimulated very easily and can show my frustration with some kicking and biting. I don't have any teeth, though and I am totally easy to redirect. My emotions can overwhelm me but kindness and patient redirection calms me every time.
I'm really not fond of loudness, small children, and people who do not allow me the space and freedom to be a "normal" kitty.
I hope your home is the perfect place for me.
approx DOB April 2012