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Arlington Pet of the Week: Wiggles

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Wiggles, a three-year-old Siberian cat named for her balance challenges.

Here’s what her owner, Katherine, had to say:

Wiggles is our three year old Siberian cat.  We adopted her in 2016 from a rescue in Annapolis, MD.  Little did we know, she is well traveled but has been through a lot!  Wiggles was born with mild cerebellar hypoplasia. She has difficulties with balance and wiggles her body when she walks (hence the name). When she gets excited, her head tremors and she can’t jump very high (but she tries her best!).  Wiggles was born oversees by a breeder who threw her out of a car because no one would buy her due to her health condition.  However, a cat rescue worker found her and nursed her back to health!  A flight attendant who is connected with the rescue brought her oversees to the United States to be adopted which is when we met Wiggles!

Wiggles now leads a happy life watching birds and lounging around the house.  She is very spoiled by her parents and loves trying all kinds of new cat food.  She unfortunately has a grumpy face when taking pictures but is the sweetest cat in the world!  We are so happy she is in our lives!  Adopt, don’t shop!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

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