With so many different feline emergency situations to watch out for, it only makes sense that you might be concerned with Cerebellar Hypoplasia as well. This disease begins inside the uterus of a female cat who has contracted distemper or received the panleukopenia vaccine while pregnant. It is consistent with any sort of trauma that results in poor development of the cerebellum.
When Does Cerebellar Hypoplasia Appear?
This condition is congenital, meaning that cats are born with it. The signs are often immediate and obvious. You may notice the kitten has a wobbly head and eventually a jerky walk. Unfortunately, the vast majority of kittens with this condition will not survive, but some do if they receive adequate care.
There is no need to worry about allowing your CH cat near your non-CH cats. It is not a contagious disease.
Taking Care of a Cat with the Condition
It isn’t always easy to care for a cat with Cerebellar Hypoplasia. You may have to provide special assistance for a cat that struggles to get in and out of the litter box. Your beloved cat might struggle to eat out of a regular bowl and might even find the floor more hospitable.
Veterinarians always advise that cats with CH never go outside unattended. As unstable as they might appear, these little ones can get themselves into a pickle quite quickly.
An Emergency Situation?
The condition does not typically become worse, and it is not typically an emergency. Still, it is important that you bring your cat in for regular check-ups to ensure that your kitten does not have a condition that is only mimicking CH.
There is no cure for this condition, however, excellent veterinary care will help your CH cat live a long and happy life. These cats are not living in pain. In fact, they can be quite happy and loving when given helpful homes.
Contact us if you are still worried about the health of your cat. We can help you determine whether or not you should consider additional medical care for a cat with Cerebellar Hypoplasia.