Cerebellar Hypoplasia in Cats: Makisig’s Story

Would you adopt a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia?

If you answer no, I understand. Hearing the words cerebellar hypoplasia for the first time can be very intimidating. However, that didn’t deter Anna Sumayod, the proud fur-mom of Makisig. Makisig has cerebellar hypoplasia, a condition that affects how he moves about.

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“Maki came to us last April 7, 2014. We really thought he [would] die – actually, he looked dead when we saw him,” Anna shared with me how she found Makisig, whom she and her partner rescued.

“He and his 3 siblings were left hanging from [the spokes of our] gate.” Anna heard them meowing at two in the morning.

“He was breathing but he was definitely having a hard time. He looked like he was struggling for every breath.”

Conquering fear

The first time she saw Makisig and his siblings hanging from their gate, there were thin wire nooses around their necks. She suspected that whoever left them there had attempted to kill them.

Sadly, attempts to harm differently-abled animals are nothing new. While some do it out of pity (“He will just suffer if we let him live!”), others do it out of fear (“Do I have what it takes to care for him?”).


“I didn’t have second thoughts [about adopting Makisig and his siblings] but I was really scared,” Anna confessed. “All newborns… still unweaned!”

Water Leaks at Home: Why They're Worse Than You Think

You may feel secure inside your house, but how well do you really know this place you call home? Scary as it sounds, there are things we just never thought of asking about our home and our neighborhood.

About a week ago, I received a Viber message from my neighbor (we have a Viber group for emergency purposes) about how children are playing beside our water meter because it was leaking. My neighbor was wrong.

It wasn’t just leaking. It was spraying huge amounts of water, with the water forming a mini-bath a few feet high. It explained why the kids loved showering under it like it was the best thing that ever happened to them ever since DOTA.

leaking water pipeAlin ang naiba? The pipe with a different color was recently repaired – it burst a few days ago.

Things about my house that I’m finding out just now

How convenient. Just two weeks ago, we started experiencing leaks in the ceiling of our laundry room. The leak soon spread to the ceiling of our bathroom.

3 Smart Decisions You Can Make About Your Home's Pipes

I shared previously how my home started showing signs of weakness. It started leaking in not one, not two, but three different areas!

It was my fault. I wasn’t too smart about the decisions I made.

smart home decisionsYou don’t have to be in my shoes, however. Make these three smart decisions and I’m telling you, you will save on repairs in the years to come!

“Leaky pipes at home? It won’t happen to me”

You’re thinking, “Well, that’s not going to happen to me. I won’t have leaks in my own house!” How sure are you? Leaks are an age issue – they reveal themselves only when you’re so convinced your house is perfect.

If you’re renting, buying property, or having a new house built from scratch, here are a few things you should be hands-on about so that you don’t end up in my wet, water-clogged shoes.

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