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C2004-27

Dear Christopher Cat

I read your column about the cat with cerebellar hypoplasia and wanted you to know that we had a cat with the same problem.

We made ramps so Reggie could sit by the windows.

With the special care and love we gave him, he lived almost 20 years. Of the many cats we’ve had over the years, Reggie was my favorite.

Christopher Responds

People who adopt special needs pets are truly angels. I think these pets feel an enormous debt, and they remain grateful to their caregivers throughout their lives.

I have heard Mom say that her favorite cat is my feline brother Dougie, another special needs cat. I assume she means that he’s her favorite after me, of course.

Dougie is also my favorite friend, and because he doesn’t see well, I defer to him when we’re playing with toys.

Special needs pets repay the kindness we cats – and you humans – show them by giving us their lifelong affection and unconditional love. That’s the best investment you humans could ever make.

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