Pepino, a cute little kitten, has an amazing tale to tell about the joys of living!
Despite his lack of coordination and tendency to veer off course, this youngster exudes genuine joy and prefers that others not pity him.
Pepino was born and was immediately taken away from his mother cat to the VCA Cromwell Animal Hospital. He received oxygen to assist his breathing, and after a few hours of attentive care, he made a full recovery!
Despite his weak condition, a member of the staff kindly took the responsibility of looking after the little kitten 24/7 by bringing him to their home. Mousey, as he was called due to his small size resembling that of a mouse, had uncertain chances of survival according to veterinarians for several weeks.
As Pepino grew larger, those who saved him noticed that he struggled to walk and frequently stumbled when attempting to stand. The kitten suffered from hypoplasia, which is also known as Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), causing difficulties with his motor abilities. Despite the severity of his condition and the need for lifelong assistance, Pepino maintained a joyous demeanor. His primary desire was to engage in play and receive affection from his caregivers.
A Fortuitous Encounter Carmelo’s visit to the hospital led him to cross paths with a precious little creature named “Mousey”. Wrapped in a towel after taking a bath, the tiny feline gazed up at Carmelo with curious uncertainty. He was surprised by how small Mousey was, but it only took a moment for him to fall in love with the little guy. From that point on, Carmelo was determined to learn all he couldaout CH-cats and provide his new furry friend, whom he affectionately named Pepino, with the best life possible. He spent the night scouring the internet for information, eager to give Pepino the love and care he deserved.
Back in January, Pepino’s new owner welcomed him into their home with open arms. Since then, the kitten has been thriving under their loving care. Each day, Pepino becomes more and more agile and graceful.
Carmelo is assisting the little feline in its meal by holding it securely. Meanwhile, Pepito is relishing his food from a specially designed bowl made of gentle silicone to shield his teeth.
The key aspect to note is that Pepino is unaware of his uniqueness. He observes the behavior of my other feline companions and mimics their actions effortlessly. Pepino enjoys engaging in playful activities, exhibiting contentment through purring and eagerly seeking out my lap to climb onto. Whenever I am in his vicinity, Pepino extends his paws towards me, conveying his affectionate nature. Overall, Pepino is a joyful and delightful addition to my household.
Pepino absolutely adores his “daddy” Carmelo and never wants to be far from him.
It’s been a good two years since Pepino found his forever home, and he’s flourished since then. The once tiny kitten has become a strong and robust cat who enjoys life to the fullest. He never feels alone or uncomfortable because he’s surrounded by loving people who always have his back!
Carmelo expressed his joy in caring for a beautiful cat with special needs. He willingly made the commitment and has not had any regrets since.
Pepino’s tale is a testament to the fact that imperfection doesn’t mean losing one’s love for life. It’s comforting to know that there are always people willing to extend a helping hand whenever needed.