Welcome to the Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia Community!
CH Cats – We make great pets!
Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a widely misunderstood affliction that causes the unnecessary destruction of thousands of cats annually. Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia, is also known as Feline Cerebellum Hypoplasia, Feline CH, Feline Cerebral Hypoplasia, Spastic Cat Syndrome, Feline Cerebellar Ataxia, and Wobbly Cat Syndrome. Feline CH is caused in-utero when the pregnant mother cat contracts Feline Distemper. Cats with CH are commonly known as “CH Cats”. For a quick overview of Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia, visit our CH Cat FAQs.
Due to under-development of the cerebellum, which controls balance and coordination, CH Cats have mild to severe physical coordination issues. Some of the symptoms of Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia include:
- The CH Cat may fall over for no apparent reason
- Some Cats with CH have a high stepping, prancing gait, and “walk loud”
- Most Cats with CH have a general lack of balance, and for example, may have difficulty climbing stairs
- Cats more seriously afflicted with Cerebellar Hypoplasia may not be able to walk more than a few steps without falling.
Surprisingly, for the right home, Wobbly Kitties make wonderful companions. Their intelligence is normal, they feel no pain, and live long and healthy lives. They tend to be more dependent on humans, and often build very strong bonds with their adoptive parents.
The most endearing attribute of Cats with CH is their attitude. They possess incredible determination in overcoming their affliction. We’ve seen our CH Cat, Zoe, take some pretty bad spills, but she just picks herself up and moves on as if nothing happened. A cat with Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia seems to touch the hearts of everyone they meet.
Zoe sometimes makes us laugh as much as we try not to (CH Cats, like all cats can be a little vain). Whether she’s clumsily stalking and pouncing on her step-brother Hubert, or chasing a ball with legs flying in every direction, Zoe is always good for a smile. We’ve seen Zoe do things we never thought possible when we adopted her, and she’s never felt a moment of self-pity in all of her days. Who ever thought it possible that a disabled cat could be inspirational?
This site is dedicated to our CH Cat, Zoe who brightens our lives every day. We invite you to explore the Feline Cerebellar Hypolasia Cat Community, share your experiences, see some CH Cat Videos, get your Feline CH questions answered, and maybe find out if adopting a CH Cat is right for you.