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.
Usually get around with no problem
Can go down the stairs and jump on/off things
Can climb but very unbalance
Depends on the cat if it can do stairs or not
Cant Walk or stand
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
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.