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Suzi Langer did not have any prior experience caring for animals with special requirements until she was requested to provide a foster home for Bifford, a cat diagnosed with cerebellar hypoplasia (CH), at an animal shelter located close to her home in Youngstown, Ohio.
In spite of this, Suzi reluctantly agreed to provide foster care for the fluffy black cat after learning that he was not doing well at the shelter.
Suzi remembers that he was miserable, lethargic, and not really eating when she adopted him from the shelter in early 2014. She did this because he had been bullied and beaten up by the other cats, and she wanted to give him a better life.
“As I opened the tattered green carrier’s lid, I was greeted by the sight of two friendly golden eyes smiling back at me.
Bifford sat there, calmly adopting the ‘turkey position,’ and he gave off the impression that he was on the verge of being overcome by his rapidly shifting circumstances.
When Suzi found out about Bifford’s past, she soon realised why he gave the impression that he was uncomfortable. Cerebellar hypoplasia is a non-progressive neurological disorder that impacts a person’s balance and coordination.
Bifford and the other members of his litter were born with the condition on October 9, 2011. “This may occur if a pregnant queen is vaccinated for feline distemper (FVRCP) using a’modified live virus’ vaccine,” notes Suzi.
“Or, if the mother suffers trauma, malnutrition, or panleukopenia [a highly contagious viral disease].”
Unfortunately, Bifford was rejected by his original mother when he was just nine days old, and as a result, he had to be fed by a good Samaritan who used a bottle.
As a result of the wobbly kitten’s lack of coordination, the good Samaritan assisted him in using the litter box and cleaning him.
However, she eventually gave Bifford up to the shelter since she was unable to provide him with the further care and attention she considered he required.
According to Suzi, “she claimed that in order for him to survive he required care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Even though Bifford was finally adopted, his original family brought him back to the shelter since they were leaving on vacation. Bifford was eventually adopted.
His second family was dissatisfied with him because, despite the fact that he was capable of using the litter box on his own, he did not clean up after himself, and so they took Bifford back to the shelter.
After being taken in by yet another family, he was eventually surrendered to the rescue organisation for a third time; however, this did not occur before he was treated to extreme abuse.
“The ‘owners’ had attempted to lock Bifford in an empty hot tub because they wanted him to ‘die with dignity’ and ‘contain the mess,'” recalls Suzi.
“They wanted to ‘contain the mess.'” “It breaks my heart to think about Bifford patiently waiting for his ‘family’ to return, and how with each passing minute he slowly loses hope that they were coming back for him.”
Suzi fell head over heels in love with the lovely special needs cat Bifford the very first minute she brought him home on May 9, 2014, and she and her husband quickly made the decision to adopt him.
“Bifford was a clumsy, affectionate, verbal little dude and had no reservations with enjoying the ‘clingy’ life attached to his mama’s hip!” adds Suzi.
“He had no problem with enjoying the ‘clingy’ life attached to his mama’s hip.” In addition, Suzi was aware that the fact that Bifford was an adult black cat with particular requirements would make it more difficult for him to find a permanent home.
However, she was convinced that she and her husband would be able to provide Bifford the care, time, and attention he required in order to flourish in their house.
At first, it was difficult for Suzi to resist the impulse to coddle Bifford, especially considering that cats with cerebellar hypoplasia have difficulty with balance and coordination, which commonly cause them to stumble and fall.
Suzi had a hard time resisting the urge because of Bifford’s condition. Suzi, on the other hand, finally came to the conclusion that she didn’t need to be quite as protective of Bifford after it became clear that Bifford was highly unlikely to actually hurt himself.
Suzi explains that much like with young children, it is sometimes acceptable to let people trip and fall.
“Of course, you should be there for them always, but it is okay to give positive reinforcement that it is OK to stumble and sometimes fall just as long as they always get back up and keep on truckin’!”
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