What is Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia?
Feline cerebellar hypoplasia is a non-progressive, non-contagious neurological condition that results in walking and balance problems.
A kitten is born with “CH” when her cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth.
To learn more visit Life with CH Cats
Here are some things about this condition:
How does a Cat Contract CH?
If a pregnant cat is exposed to the virus — or the vaccine — for panleukopenia late in her pregnancy. But not every kitten in a panleukopenia-exposed litter will develop CH. The condition can also be caused by prenatal trauma, including malnutrition.
Kittens are born with the condition
As soon as a kitten is born you may notice if it has CH right away because they won't seem to be able to get themselves into the right position for anything. By the time they are around 4 weeks old you’ll certainly notice by then since they would have started walking around.
There are different levels of severity
CH doesn't get worse
Thankfully it does not get worse over time but unfortunatly It’s not going to get better, either. The good thing about this is the fact that once your cat learns to adapt to the wobbles and you as the owner learns how you can help your little baby, those skills are good for life.
CH is not contagious
If you have other cats or were thinking of going to the shelter to get your kitty a playmate, no worries CH is not contagious — kittens are born with it — and don’t acquire it later in life.
CH cats can live with non-CH cats
It may take a little while for a non-CH cat to get used to a CH cat’s body language, since CH cats don’t move like ordinary cats, but CH kitties can be integrated into a household just like any other cats.
CH cats have a normal life expectancy
Although their wobbles can increase their risk of injuries, it does not mean they will have a shorter lifespan. So you two will have years and years of cat snuggling to look forward to
For more info go to http://chcat.org/