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.
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.