Kitten Who Can’t Walk Defies The Odds And Finds Loving Forever Home

Tumbelina, who was born with cerebellar hypoplasia, wheeled her way into her new owner’s heart.

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Tumbelina has a lot of spirit.
Stephanie Brown

Tumbelina was born with a condition called cerebellar hypoplasia. It’s a disorder in which the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is not completely developed at birth.

Like most cats with CH, Tumbelina has difficulty walking and falls down a lot. But now she has a loving owner who will always be there to pick her back up.

The tiny black cat’s second chance at life started after she was rescued from a high-kill shelter by Valley Cats Inc. in Westlake Village, California, according to a YouTube video about her journey posted by The Pet Collective.

Tumbelina has a lot of spirit.

Tumbelina learned to walk with the use of a special wheelchair. Via The Pet Collective/YouTube

Her rescuers compared her to Stephen Hawking: a brilliant mind trapped in a body that can’t keep up. They gave her hydrotherapy to help build muscle strength, and she was fitted with a special wheelchair so she could walk by herself. But she still needed a forever home.

After seeing a video of Tumbelina walking in her wheelchair online, a Georgia woman who has experience with CH knew the little fighter was the one for her. And Valley Cats Inc. agreed.

Tumbelina finally has the forever home she so deserves.

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  • Every animal does deserve the opportunity to be loved, instead of killed and this story is proof there is still some compassion and good left in the world. I wish more people could make the effort to help even one animal, I know I do. My smile for the day!

    Michelle November 19, 2016 6:42 am Reply
  • We have a cat that has no use of his back legs.Where can we purchase the wheelchairch

    Sharon Wood November 20, 2016 1:56 pm Reply

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