Dewey Davis and his sister Darla were adopted from Lansing's Capital Area Humane Society on August 14, 2012 at three months old. Dewey, who is actually the shier one between the two, was the one who caught our attention that day at the humane society. He kept sticking his paw out of the cage until we paid attention to him. We fell in love right away and were so excited to welcome him and his sister into the family. What we did not know that day and, later found out, was that Dewey has Cerebellar Hypoplasia. When we first brought Dewey home, we noticed little quirks about him, but didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until Dewey was with us for a handful of weeks that we began to notice he’d often shake and present with tremors. We initially thought he must be a very timid cat. However, we were then noticing he’d only walk short distances or play for a short amount of time before falling over. His gait wasn’t as steady. At his first check-up, our veterinarian suspected he had some sort of neurological disorder and at his two year check-up, another veterinarian suggested Cerebellar Hypoplasia. Neither had reported concern for this, other than stating the obvious, which was Dewey would need a lot more help in comparison to other cats. As Dewey got older, he wouldn’t clean himself and had a difficult time eating, often making a mess. He had struggled at times with using his litter tray. We worked hard to try to help make sure we resolved any issues for him. It wasn’t until a move last summer when Dewey took a turn for the worse. With a combination of stress factors, Dewey began eliminating everywhere but his litter tray almost constantly. We tried to do everything we could think of to resolve any issues. We had another veterinary appointment for him and he was treated for a urinary tract infection. However, it didn’t completely resolve our little box issue. As any cat or pet owner can imagine, this was very stressful for everyone in our household. We came to the Cat Clinic a few months ago as our last resort. With the support, care, and guidance of the clinic doctors and staff, Dewey has truly made strides! Not only has the clinic assisted with soiling issues, they’ve also created a treatment plan to keep little Dew healthy and happy. Everyday Dewey requires a lot of attention and help. He still struggles at times, but we’re not ready to give up on him yet.
One may wonder what a day in the life is like for the Dew man. Well, it’s pretty simple. Dewey spends most of his time lounging in his favorite sun spot on the couch bird watching. He is not one to get up and wander. Every so often he has a spark of energy and loves to play with the laser pointer or feather wand. If you really want to win him over, a good belly rub and brushing will do the trick. Dewey seems his happiest though when he gets to be by your side or in your lap. He loves to be cuddled. He often catches people’s attention when he walks into a room and sits up on his hind legs to scope out the environment. He’s a great cat and we’re so thankful he chose us that day at the humane society almost five years ago!