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What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia?

Cerebellar Hypoplasia occurs in pets who are born

with an underdeveloped cerebellum.


This neurological condition is congenital (at birth) and

directly effects motor skills.  Dog and cats with

Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH) struggle with mobility,

maintaining their balance and coordination.


  •  Funny Gait

  • Usually get around with no problem

  • Can go down the stairs and jump on/off things

  • Run


  • Head Tremors

  • Wide Stance

  • Can climb but very unbalance

  • Depends on the cat if it can do stairs or not


  • Cant Walk or stand

  • Tremors

  • Sometimes can have Seizures 

  • Sticks tongue out


  • Uncontrolled tremors and head shaking

  • Wide stance (front and/or back legs)

  • Loss of balance

  • Lack of coordination                                                                                  

  • Jerky movements, (wobbly) especially

when walking



Definitive diagnosis is done by a veterinarian and

an MRI which will show a smaller than normal Cerebellum.



CH is NOT a death sentence for your pet.

There is no cure, however the condition will not worsen

Over time and most pets are able to perform basic functions

And enjoy a normal life.


Many animals learn to adjust and compensate for their lack                         

Of, or different mobility.                                                                                     


DO NOT allow unrestricted access outside

DO NOT allow unrestricted access to stairs


Always ensure a safe and supervised

environment for your pet.


Not every cat has the same (CH)






Nero, has Cerebellar Hypoplasia(Severe) and Muscular Dystrophy. He army crawls, eats, and uses the bathroom on the pee pee pads. He is our Educational cat. He goes out to events/fairs to educate people on disabilities.


Calypso has Cerebellar Hypoplasia(Severe). Which means she cant walk, she has tremors, has seizures. Eats and can use the bathroom on pee pee pads.

Lil Man has Cerebellar Hypoplasia, Cleft Lip, Nystagmus in both eyes an unattached bottom jaw. He can run, jump, go down stairs he is very mild to moderate.

Groot, has Cerebellar Hypoplasia (Moderate). Which means he can walk with a wobbly, use the litter box and eat.

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