By: Jeanne and Alastair a.k.a. “Doby’s Humans”
Doby is a special kitten. He was born with mild cerebellar hypoplasia (CH) and a cleft nose. Because of his CH, he’s a bit wobbly and looks like a bobble-head toy when he’s focused on something. Just under a year ago this little guy popped up on Instagram and our lives have never been the same.
Doby lived in a cat sanctuary when he was a very small kitten. He was bonded with a blind kitten that was adopted, so the sanctuary worried that he would be stressed without his friend. That’s where Friends for Life Rescue Network came in.
Baby Doby at the sanctuary.
I had previously adopted two gorgeous house panthers from this rescue group and stayed in touch to share photos of my kitties as they grew. Jacqueline saw his little face and knew he had to join the rescue and posted his photo on the group’s Instagram. That’s how I found little Doby.
Doby was sick with a respiratory infection and giardia when he was rescued. Luckily his foster did an amazing job to socialize him and teach him that other cats and people are not a cause for anxiety! His foster also had to contend with his infections.
Doby the Wobble King. By @dobythehousecat
Doby’s little cleft nose means that he is more prone to nasty infections and is slow to respond to treatment. This is especially important because his breathing is hampered by his double-snoot. Doby’s foster and the rescue group treated him for multiple infections that kept him from being adopted for months after we fell in love with this little guy. Finally he was given the all clear just before we were due to move across the country.
Our little man is an expert traveler. He has driven across the country from California to New York. He has also flown the same distance back when we returned to California. He’s come such a long way from being a scared and anxious kitten.
Doby’s glamour shot. By @sleepover_at_os.
Fun fact: Doby is not all black. He has a tiny white bikini bottom on his belly.
Now he is the Wobble King of our house with his sisters Jet and Luna. Doby is happy and chatty and loves chin scratches at bedtime. His hobbies include bird-watching, wobble gymnastics, destroying feather toys, eating as many treats as he can sucker Meowmy into giving him, and singing.
We think Doby is PURR-FECT!