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Dalton and His Life with Cerebellar Hypoplasia and Stage 5 Cardiomyopathy

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

When Dalton from Massachusetts, USA, was surrendered to the Odd Cat Sanctuary in Salem, things seemed gloomy for him. However, Dalton‘s life took a turn for the best when he was adopted by Bill.


Dalton and his life with Cerebellar Hypoplasia and stage 5 Cardiomyopathy

Another chance at life

Before being surrendered to the Odd Cat Sanctuary, Dalton was put on the list for euthanasia. When Bill at the Odd Cat Sanctuary received a call about Dalton, he immediately agreed to take him in. He took Dalton home when he was about 10 months old. Dalton suffers from a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia. Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a neurological condition which makes the cerebellum smaller than usual or under developed. As a result, Dalton experiences movement and gait disturbances. Since Bill has dealt with other cats who have suffered from Cerebellar Hypoplasia, his home was the perfect environment for Dalton. He quickly got along with the other members of the family. Bill describes Dalton as full of love and hope. Dalton’s best friend is his brother named Dusty. Dusty is visually impaired, but that does not bother Dalton at all! They play together all the time.


Dalton’s life in a nutshell

In addition to Cerebellar Hypoplasia, Dalton also suffers from stage 5 Cardiomyopathy. It is a condition that causes the muscular walls of a cat's heart to thicken thereby decreasing the heart's efficiency. Dalton is frequently visiting a specialist to help with his condition. Earlier this year, Dalton was diagnosed with an early kidney disease. Hence, the vet recommended Dalton to follow a special diet. Despite not being in the best state of health, Dalton refuses to be boggled by his condition. Dalton’s favorite part of the day is when Bill comes back home from work. He routinely takes Dalton for walks in a stroller. Bill says people are pleased to meet Dalton when he goes outdoors for his walkies.


Dalton and cat pawrent Bill

A special companion

Dalton, who is now over three years old, found a furrever home and another chance at life with Bill and his family. Bill feels privileged and lucky to have Dalton in his life. Dalton is a happy cat and has so much love to give. He emphasizes that caring for cats with special needs is a chance worth taking because it is extremely rewarding. Bill documents Dalton’s daily activities on his Instagram page @thebestdamndalton.


Young Dalton back in the days




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