CH Kitty FAQ


What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH)?

Cerebellar Hypoplasia (cer·e·bel·lar hy·po·pla·sia) is a disorder found in cats and dogs which causes jerky movements, tremors, and generally uncoordinated motion, just like ataxic cerebral palsy in humans.  A cat with CH often falls down and has trouble walking or cannot seem to walk at all.  CH in cats is non-progressive, meaning it does not get worse with age.  Symptoms appear at birth, though they may not be noticed until the kitten starts walking at a few weeks of age.  Like symptoms that come on suddenly or later in life are not CH.

What is the cerebellum?

The cerebellum is the part of the brain which coordinates movement and balance (i.e. fine motor skills and coordination).  There are 3 areas of the cerebellum that can be underdeveloped in CH cats and the amount of underdevelopment relates to their severity level. The cerebellum "coordinates movement and balance. The cerebellum received sensory information about the position of the joints and the length of the muscles, as well as input from the auditory (hearing) and visual systems. It also monitors motor commands issued by the cerebrum. Information from the cerebrum passes first to the pons and from there to the cerebellum. The cerebellum integrates this information as it carries out coordination and error checking during motor and perceptual functions. Hand-eye coordination is an example of cerebellar control; if the cerebellum is damaged, the eyes can follow a moving object, but they will not stop at the same place as the object." - "Biology" 8th Edition by Campbell & Reece

How does a cat contract CH?

Cerebellar Hypoplasia is most commonly caused by the kitten’s mother contracting the Panleukopenia virus, or being vaccinated against Panleukopenia, while pregnant. If the mother passes on the virus during the end of pregnancy, the kittens can be born with CH. It is thought that there is only an 11-day window in utero when the kittens can contract CH.  Kittens with CH are not infected with or carriers of the Panleukopenia virus, it has only stunted their cerebellum’s growth while in the womb. Cerebellar Hypoplasia can also occur if a trauma, including malnutrition, occurs to the kittens while in the womb.

How many kittens in an affected litter will normally have CH?

The severity level of CH and number of kittens in a litter born with CH depends on how developed the kittens were in utero when the development of the cerebellum was stunted or stopped. It is perfectly normal for one, all, or any number of kittens in a litter to have CH and for their severity levels to vary.  For instance, one kitten might be born with severe CH and her siblings could be mild or not have CH at all.

At what age do cats get CH?

Cats are born with CH and all symptoms should be noticeable at birth, though it's common not to realize it until they are a few weeks old and would normally begin walking.

Is there prevention for CH?

There is no real prevention for CH, but it can be prevented in some cases by not vaccinating a pregnant cat.  Though rare, CH can also have other causes, but stunted growth due to panleukopenia is the most common cause.

I think my cat might have CH, but…

Other neurological conditions can have similar symptoms as the ataxia and tremors found in CH cats. Conditions or illnesses that sometimes look like CH include (but are not limited to):
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Physical trauma
  • Inner ear infection
  • Ear polyps
  • Feline Vestibular Disease
  • Infectious diseases (such as Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Toxoplasmosis)
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
  • Lysosomal Storage Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Brain lesions
Click here for more information on other causes of CH-like symptoms or view some videos at Cornell University’s Video Resources for Veterinary Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neurology site. For more information on how to ensure your cat’s neurological symptoms are not caused by the above disease/conditions, see the next question.

Can CH be officially diagnosed?

Yes, it can, though it’s primarily diagnosed though process of elimination. There is no simple test for CH, though it can be verified through an MRI. It is always best to get a professional diagnosis from a veterinarian familiar with neurological conditions in cats as they can have many causes with most being very severe if not properly diagnosed early.  It is important to keep in mind that CH does NOT progress or get worse, in fact most cats tend to learn to adapt and improve.  If your cat’s symptoms are new or worsening, then it most likely not CH. To rule out many of these other conditions as a cause for your cat’s neurological issues, your vet may recommend to perform some combination of the following tests:
  • CBC
  • Serum Chemistry Profile
  • Urinalysis
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Parasitic screening
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tap
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Electromyograph (EMG)
  • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • CAT scan

Can CH cats get better?

CH cannot be cured as it is a congenital condition and not a disease.  However, CH cats tend to become more able and mobile as they learn to compensate for their condition, so many consider their cat to “get better” to a degree.


How long do CH cats live?

CH cats have the same lifespan as non-CH cats.

Can my CH cat be declawed?

While most veterinarian and pet care professionals will not perform declaw operations these days, it is especially important NOT to declaw a CH cat.  CH cats of all severity levels are often highly dependent on their claws to help stabilize themselves and to get onto furniture.

Can CH cats live outdoors?

No, CH cats should never live outdoors.  Because of their balance issues and incoordination, they are highly vulnerable to predators (including cars and people) and are more likely to get hurt since they cannot get away as easily or efficiently.

What are the severity levels of CH?

Mild - Cats with mild CH are very capable and require little to no extra care. They may have an unusual gait (high step or waddle), occasional balance loss, and/or subtle head tremors. Moderate - Cats with moderate CH can get around on their own, but one end of their body may appear to be doing something else than the other end. They walk with legs splayed in a wide stance, frequently lose their balance and fall, and/or have noticeable head tremors, especially when excited or stressed. Severe - Cats with severe CH cannot walk on their own and require a great deal of special care. They cannot walk or stand, flip and flop to get around, and/or have constant head tremors.

Can CH cats do stairs?

Some CH cats can do stairs and do them well.  Stair homes are best suited for mild or mild-moderate CH cats, with carpeted stairs preferred.  Even if a cat is mild CH, staircases with open railings and open risers should have their sides protected (with something like plexiglass) or blocked off from your CH cat entirely, as they could tumble through and get hurt. Until you are comfortable that your cat can do stairs safely on their own, they should always be supervised when near them.

What should I do to make my home safer for my CH kitty?

The amount of "CH kitty proofing" you'll need to do will depend on your cat's specific severity level and abilities.  You may want to pad sharp corners of furniture, place extra cushions around furniture, create ramps to help them get up on furniture, raise their food dishes, or make them a wheelchair to help them get exercise if they are severe.  For specific ideas on what household changes you can make for your CH kitty, see the Life with CH Cats blog:

How do you integrate a CH kitty into a multi-cat household?

You can integrate a CH cat into a multi cat household like any other cat.  Go slow to allow them to get used to each other and so you can gauge their reactions.  Some cats get freaked out by the jerky wobbly motions CH cats make, it may just take them extra time to figure it out.

What types of flooring are best for CH cats?

CH cats can live on almost any floor type.  Softer, more tactile flooring is preferred as severity level increases to allow the cat better mobility and softer landing when they inevitably tumble.

How often do CH cats use the litterbox?

Most CH cats use the litterbox the same amount as non-CH cats, a couple of times per day.  Some members of the CH kitty community report that their more severe CH cats only have bowel movements every 1-3 days, though.  Figure out what is normal for your cat so you can better monitor their health.

My CH kitty is having trouble using the litterbox. What are some modification ideas?

Every CH kitty seems to have a different idea of what the perfect litterbox is.  Experiment with multiple types and sizes of litterboxes and litter until you find a combination that your cat seems to like.  Many CH cats have to potty while laying down, so are more picky about where they will go.  They also may avoid the litterbox if it is dirty or is difficult to get in and out of.  Some ideas to try are:
  • Litterboxes with lower fronts
  • Litterboxes with high sides and back
  • Dog litterboxes
  • Boot trays
  • Under-the-bed storage containers (with the long side cut low and cut edges protected with duct tape)
  • Peepee pads
  • Towels
  • Grass (with supervision!) or fake grass indoor patches
  • Different types of litter - if your kitty potties laying down, you may want to try a non-clumping, paper pellet littler like Good Mews or Yesterday’s News.


Can CH cats be spayed or neutered?

Yes, CH cats can be spayed/neutered without issue.  Talk to your vet prior to scheduling surgery to go over their process and anesthesia choices (for more on anesthesia, see below).

What type of anesthesia is safest for CH cats?

Gas anesthesia is best for CH cats, this is most commonly isoflurane or sevoflurane.  This is greatly preferred as cats wake up and recover faster from gas anesthesia, so risk of unpleasant side effects are decreased.  Ketamine should be avoided as it has a fairly long duration and recovery from it makes a very unpleasant experience for a wobbly kitty.  No matter the type of anesthesia used, it is very important that your vet place an IV catheter and intubate your cat during surgery.  They should monitor their blood pressure level constantly throughout the surgery.

Can CH cats receive vaccines?

Yes, CH cats can be vaccinated normally.  

Can you use flea treatment on CH cats?

If you need to treat or protect your CH cat (or any cat!) from fleas, please contact your veterinarian.  They can properly dose and apply Frontline.  You can also find some safe and natural flea treatments at Tiny Timmy’s Healing Journey site.  Do not use over the counter flea treatments on your cat - they are not safe.

What should I do to prepare for a trip to the vet?

Ensure they are familiar with CH or are willing and open to learn about it.  Print out a handout to bring along with you.  Get a soft-sided carrier for your CH kitty.  Create a cage card if she will be staying all day or overnight.

Can physical therapy help CH cats improve?

Yes, assisted “towel walking” or a wheelchair with the same concept can help a moderate-severe or severe CH cat gain leg strength and better develop some coordination.  Additionally, many have had success with hydrotherapy (water therapy) in helping their cat gain muscle and coordination. See this great video for how to build a $20 wheelchair for your CH kitty..  

Can CH cats be insured?

Not usually, Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a congenital condition, which is deemed by pet insurance companies as pre-existing.  Some may offer a limited health-coverage plan, though it is generally not worth the investment as any health issue that can be determined as being caused in part by your cat’s wobbliness (such as chipping a tooth) would not be covered.  You may consider setting up a credit card or special savings account to contribute to each month in the case of a veterinary emergency.

What other health issues or conditions do CH cats have?

CH cats are more prone to chipping their teeth, may get injured more frequently from jumping/tumbling off of furniture, but apart from general issues with uncoordination, there are none.  CH cats can get the same illnesses and medical conditions as non-CH cats.  Some members of the community have CH cats who are also blind, deaf, or have seizures (though none of these are common, just like with non-CH cats).

Where can I find a CH friendly vet in my area?

You can join the Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cats & Kittens Facebook group or the CH Kitty Club Yahoo forum and pose your question and location.  With thousands of members each, chances are that someone in the group lives somewhat close and can offer some advice.  You can also call local no-kill shelters to see who they recommend and can interview local veterinarians about their knowledge of and sensitivity to CH before making a decision.


I want to adopt a CH cat! Where can I find one?

If you are interested in adopting a CH kitty, please check out the adoptable CH cats list to see what CH cats are in your area.  You can also contact local shelters and rescues to see if they have any CH cats available for adoption.

I need to give up my CH cat, what should I do?

If you need to give up a CH kitty and would like to get them on the list of adoptable CH cats, please send an email their photo, age, location, and story to, post them in Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cats & Kittens Facebook group,the CH Kitty Club Yahoo forum, and speak with local no-kill rescues.  DO NOT TAKE YOUR CH KITTY TO A TRADITIONAL OR OPEN-ADMISSION SHELTER!  Because their condition is not widely known of or understood, they are often the first to be euthanized!!

84 thoughts on “CH Kitty FAQ

    • I have 4 kittens they are 4 weeks old and we love them sooo much but, they have CH and I have kids with autism so my plate is full. I need to find them a home where someone can tend to their needs. They are very tiny and absolutely adorable, they love to be held and cuddled their Mommy Cat is the same way. This has been very hard for our family I cannot believe this is happening I want very much to find them a good home and for the family who takes them to keep in touch so we know they are ok. Please help us

    • Can CH become worse after a kitten is hit in the head? I had a five year old pick up a five week old kitten and as she picked up the kitten she hit the kittens head off my marble coffee table. Since then the kitten doesn’t get up on his back legs anymore, they move when he walks but he is not putting any weight on them.

      • Your 5 year old may have caused neurological damage by hitting their heads on the marble table. Did you take to the vet to be examined?

    • I have a kitten well 2 years old and before getting a cat with CH please do alot of history they do like a calm enviroment and love to cuddle getting a lower litter pan is also the key and what and what not to feed them other wise they are wonderful

  1. i have a disabled cat and am able to provide care for other disabled cats if anyone needs to find a forever home. my cat cant walk and needs care around the clock so i am home almost always.

    • Hi, my website isn’t complete yet, but I foster for a local city shelter. I am currently fostering a CH kitten that needs a lot of care and I’m worried about his long term situation. Do you still want to adopt one? Where are you located? I’m in the Kansas City area. Please contact me at the email above for more information.

      • We have two out of five kittens in a litter that were born to a feral cat, that have CH. Homes have been found for the three healthy ones, but we have no one to help where I live….Southern Pines, NC….with the other two. They can walk…now around 4 weeks old and are starting to eat a bit of wet food mixed with kitten formula. The mother does not particularly like the two CH ones and the other three bully them, as they are much smaller. They would need a litter box with the front cut out so they could walk into it, as they have trouble getting into even the very low pan being used for them. And, of course, they are the sweetest and friendliest of the litter! As soon as she is able and kittens have been totally weaned, momma will be spayed and released back to her home, where she will be looked after.

        • Hi Kim, if you want to email me photos, personality descriptions, and vetting information on the 2 CH kittens I can help network to find them homes.

          adoptachcat (at)

          • Hi Elise,
            I’m hoping to find more resources about CH cats.Is their intelligence affected?How do you know if their CH is “mild”or “severe”?Most concerned about the possibility of them being injured,and how they might react to my existing cats.
            Is there a site I could go to?
            Thank you,
            Pat Wilson


        • I have a mild to moderate CH cat that I need to re-home. He is a good cat just not compatible with my household. I foster other dogs and cats and he needs a home that can have more one-on-one time. He is about 7 we received him while he was a kitten, has always had good medical care (shots, teeth cleaning, bloodwork, etc) overall a very health cat except for the CH. He loves to be held until you put him down, He walks around with a wide stance. He will even walk on a leash and does his business out in the grass. We live in South Florida

        • Did you ever have your male cat fixed? I hear mixed reviews on cats with CH going under anesthesia. One vet told me it is okay because it’s not like they have any brain damage just don’t have a fully developed brain. My male cat with CH is just now starting to spray at 3 years old. I would be devastated if anything ever happened to him. If anyone could give me some feed back on this.

    • I take in cats from our shelter (and just about anywhere else), have a foster network and provide heathcare for the animals out of my pocket. I rescued a kitten (about 4 months) from being euthanized (other rescues refused to take her in case she was was unable to control her bodily functions) and need to find her a special home. She has been examined by 2 vets (searching for a neurologist) and she has lumbar spinal damage (we believe from being kicked) that is permanent. She is able to walk (of course not normal) and play and run. After getting her out of a cage (that she was in for a while at someones house then shelter), her legs are getting stronger and she is getting better everyday. She runs stairs!!! She does have accidents when she gets excited or is running hard (urination). She is the sweetest, coal black cutie you could ever hold purring in your arms. She LOVES people. Can anyone help me find her a home. I can send pictures and videos. No matter your response, thanks for all you do for kitties. Lisa

  2. I have a 5 week old kitten that I believe has CH. I live in Jacksonville Fl. I guess my question is, are there any vets in my area that specialize in a CH diagnosis? And once the diagnosis has been made, is there a local adoption list. Also, are there any specific things that I should be doing to care for this special kitty being only 5 weeks old?

    • Kittens/cats with CH can live healthy lives and just as long as a normal cat can, but do need to be indoors only. There is no treatment. Many times, though they can not walk as well, they can climb very well…thus a cat tree would be great. The abnormality is not progressive, so will never get any worse.

  3. the above email is my personal email, is my website email.
    I am including a page on my website about CH cats, because I had one, and I am very interested in letting people know about them and helping to promote adopting them. (my website is to sell my cat toys, but I also am doing this on the same site, on its own page)
    I love all the information and the work you have put into your site, and was wondering if I can use some of the information on my page, and give you credit and a link to your site? I won’t do anything till I hear from you as far as direct quotes. I have a lot of knowledge already in my head, but you present it very well and thoroughly, and would like others to be able to come here to read. Thanks, Sharon

    • I have a cat with those symptoms, I see she can have a good, my question is, do I do things for her, or let her keep working so hard at get around

      • It depends on your kitty 🙂 some CH cats like to do things themselves. It also helps them to build up strength and better their coordination.

  4. Just heard about C H Kitties and love your website. I read through quickly but didn’t see an answer to a questions I have. I apologize if I missed it. What is the life expectancy of an C H Cat?

  5. I am a breeder and just learned from the vet one of my kittens has CH. The kitten is 6 weeks old, and very small. The kitten does not seem to be able to nurse, so I have been hand feeding the kitten. By reading your website, I am guessing the kitten is mild to moderate, she can walk. Any suggestions for feeding? I have been feeding her with a syringe and nipple, but she is having a hard time coordinating, and although I am feeding her 5-6 times a day she is still very small. Your website has wonderful information, I plan to support this little girl in any way I can.

  6. I just found out my kitty that I adopted from someone who was selling him most likely has this. It does make me love him more as I was a premie baby and have vision problems because of this. So we are both special and belong together. Makes me love him more!

  7. Hello, I Love this website. I have a cat colony (8). Mama (our mother cat) had her second litter two weeks ago. I notice the smallest girl kitten, (Carly), trembles when she walks. I rushed her to the vet the same day I noticed. Mama cat is the last adult to be fixed and shots, so I thought Carly had contracted distemper 🙁 . Our Vet confirmed the it is Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), which is much better news then distemper. Our beloved cats found us, and since that day we have been committed 100%. They are indoor and outdoor, but my babies are a bit more spoiled at night so I bring them in. I have no issues with Carly being a indoor cat. MY QUESTION IS- what type of diet is best for Carly, or cats with CT, she is nursing just fine! 🙂 But I want to be ready when she starts eating food. Also I planned on “water treading training” her once she is able to keep her own body temp.!! Am I on the right track?? Could I do more?? Carly is only about two weeks old.

    • Hi Heather & Hi Carly!

      Cats with CH don’t normally need a different diet. However, I would recommend that if your other cats only eat dry food that Carly also get some wet food as many CH cats have issues or don’t like drinking water out of a bowl.

      Instead of or in addition two water therapy, you could also make Carly a ‘walker’ out of PVC pipe ( or depending on her severity, if she is mild, just good old play therapy with a laser pointer or wand toy…whatever would get her up and moving the most.

      Good luck!

      • I got a cat water fountain thru Catit,.com. It looks like a plastic flower in a flower pot and the water runs off the pedals into the pot and my two CH kitties love it as well as my others. It’s just the right height and they love the running water. Easy to clean once a week. Hope this helps.

  8. Littleman is CH he does will around the house he weebles and wobbles love going for walks with me,love the out doors he 1yrs old he’s mama boy. He’s always bang his head on thing or falls over

  9. I am a volunteer with Providing for Paws in Michigan (Metro-Detroit area). I have the pleasure of working with a litter of 3 ‘wobbly’ kittens. We were unsure of their issues, but now believe it is CH. All three are up, walking, eating, playing. . .albeit wobbly. I am so thankful for finding your sight and learning more. If you have suggestions on best practices and sources for marketing their adoptions I am looking for guidance. Born April 7, these three darlings will be up for adoption within the upcoming month.

    • Hi Nadine! CH kitties are the BEST aren’t they! Please feel free to check out our very active Facebook group and have them posted there for adoption marketing! The group is called Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cats and Kittens

  10. My kitten is about three months old and just got her home from being fixed. They stated she is wobbly on her back legs and may have ch. I’ve never noticed her wobbly before and now after taking her out of the pet carrier she is stumbling all over. Is it normal for it to take this long to be noticed?

    • That is not normal. CH is not a progressive condition, so it will not get worse over time. Anesthesia and pain meds can make all cats (CH and non) a bit wobbly though. Is she still wobbly? You should definitely follow up with the vet if she continues to have mobility problems that she didn’t have before her spay

  11. Does anyone know of a CH cat who needs a loving home? My husband and I are looking to rescue a cat in need. We are here in Maine… a senior cat possibly with CH? A cat that needs the love and care we can give it. Thank you.

      • Hi Elise,
        I saw a request for a CH cat, from Deanna Reed. I do have a sweet little female CH kitten. Please contact me ASAP via my email so Deanna and I can connect, if u would please.

    • Hello Deanna, I take in cats, get them healthcare and find them homes. I rescued “Weebles” from being put down. He is very friendly and somehow survived the winter outside in a colony. He is very functional for CH, uses the litter box well. He is fun and loving, about 6 – 8 months old. Would you consider him? I am in PA but traveling far to get a cat a good home is not unusual to me. I also have a 13 year old that was dumped at the shelter, at first is very untrusting with new people (she has been in a house for 13 years and uprooted when her owner died and was plopped into the shelter. Also I have a blind cat (that someone forgot to tell him he was blind) who is long hair, gorgeous and very friendly, great with his potty! he runs, plays, does stairs, you name it. He comes with his seeing eye cat who helps him learn his new environment. they have to stay together, they are a team and they play together constantly. thanks, lisa

      thanks Lisa

  12. My cat Lacey is 9 months old. We adopted her and her sister when they 5 to 6 months old. Both appeared to be fine when we brought them home. After a couple of days it looked like Lacey was walking a little funny…bunny hop down the stairs, her hind legs narrow. After a few weeks she got progressively worse. She strughled so much to get up and was wobbly. She ate, drank, used the litter box but we could not touch her until she got up. Brought her to the vet and gave her ear drops for ear mites, that it could be that. Yhey also did xrays and they were clean. She also had a parasite for which they gave medicine for. After a week, nothing. Back to the vet, they drew blood. While waiting for results she was given antibiotic chlyndamiacin. We thought we were going to have to put her down. Day 2 of antibiotics And she was so much better. Still wobbling, but her energy level increased. I brought Lacey to another vet because at the last vet office one said nothing nuerological and 1 week later the other vet said it looks nuerological. The new vet thought FIP because of her age. I didn’t have Lacey from when she was born, so I don’t know if she showed signs of anything when born but the adoption agency said no. the vet than thought maybe it was her ears because they were clogged and infected. The previous Vet appears to have not cleaned her ears after ear mite treatment. Now we are doing baytril. We started with liquid but after a couple of days could not get it in her mouth. The couple of days she did get, she looked lIke she might be getting a little better. Switched to Baytril cream, and 7 days later, she wobbles more than she fid when we started antibiotics. But, she is playing more and has more energy. I’m so confused…anyone experience anything like this before?

    • Has anyone mentioned toxoplasmosis to you? That is the only neurological thing I can think of that antibiotics would treat. If it is that, getting her back on clindamycin immediately is critical.

  13. I found a 4 week little kitty that was fine for the first couple of days but now has CH ( dx by a vet in my area ). The problem I am having is that he is refusing to eat and drink . Today his body temp is dropping and he soiled himself . The vet has given him IV treatments and he seems better when he comes home. By the next day he is back to not moving or meowing or eating. I am at my wits end and need some advice, please.

    • That is not normal for a CH kitty…could he have a different condition which presents similar neurological symptoms? Is there another vet that could give a second opinion?

  14. Hello , Im Rose. I take in stray cats that people toss out at the hunting club across the street. About 8 weeks ago one of my cats had kittens, a litter of three. The first two kittens were born perfectly healthy but the last kitten had trouble getting around from the birth and on. After doing some reasearch i found this site and am pretty sure CH that he has (im taking him to vet in a couple of days to be sure). I actually thought for sure the mom would kill him but she didnt. Ive watched him struggle to get around and constantly fall over so ive stepped in and brought him inside to see to his needs. Ive found lots of helpful links and information on how to care for him but one question still remains a worry for me. Yoda as i call him is full of energy and wants to play as all kitens do however its really difficult for him. So my question is what cat toys and play exercises can i do with him to help his need for play and hunting in a safe manner? As much as he bobbles around it worries me as i dont want him hurt. I almost feel like i need to buy him a kitty helmet even though my floors are carpet. Any tips or advice is appredciated.

    • Thank you for rescuing Yoda! As he grows and continues playing, you may see his coordination improve. Any kind of play therapy is beneficial, I’ve always had good responses to wand toys (like da bird) and laser pointers. The key is just to keep him moving and gaining muscle strength

      • Thank you so much for the advise. I can definitely keep him going. Im hoping as time goes he will build more muscle and get better with it. I was thinking that was the direction i needed to go to help him but wasnt sure so the advice makes me feel better about making him walk and try to chase a toy. I couldnt help but rescue him though after just a few days caring for him i can already see hes rescuing me too on the inside. Its been a while since i sat down and appreciated the small things in life.

  15. Hi everyone, 2 weeks ago a stray cat brought her 6 kittens in my garage. One of her kitten is smaller and unable to walk. I have been bottle feeding him with substitute kitten milk. I’ve notice that the mom is about to leave her kitten. Its easy for me to find homes for the 5 kittens, but with the CH kitten, its a challenge. I am unable to care for this kitten, but I am really trying to find him a loving home. I have two large dogs that are only a year old and a toddler boy that is still learning how to be gentle. I want this sweet cat to find a home that would have the time for him. Please email me if you know anyone in our area.
    We live in Humble Texas.
    Thank you again.

  16. I have been watching this site off and on since I adopted my CH kitty. I have a few questions that seem to never have been asked. “Kitty” is a female cat, I was curious if it is safe for her to become pregnant. Another question is the name of similar disabilities. I often wonder if she has been misdiagnosed. Unlikely but I would just like to be sure.
    My last question is when she is sleeping she jerks, mostly her arms & head. She sleeps in what looks like the most uncomfortable position, I wonder if she is in pain.
    Thank you for creating this site it has been very helpful!

    • Not only is it not safe, it’s irresponsible. Unless she’s a purebred you bought for the purpose of breeding there’s absolutely no reason to breed her. Millions of cats are euthanized every year because people don’t fix their pets. Given how often CH cats fall over and hit things there’s a very real chance of her hurting or killing the kittens before they’re born.

  17. I found a sweet kitty in my yard 2 days ago. She is a bit shaky from head to tail and somewhat uncoordinated. She is about 6 weeks old and her name is Ladybug. Her tail has a crick in it and her belly also seems distended. My vet diagnosed her with CH, but it seems to be a mild case. She is sweet as can be and very playful. I have a couple questions:
    Are the tail and belly symptoms related to congenital CH or do they indicate another
    problem? Also, my usually nurturing female cat is disappointing me. She was so sweet and loving to previous kittens, but she is being mean to Ladybug. Is this because she views Ladybug as defective? I’m hoping this improves with time. I’m looking forward to a long and loving relationship with my new baby!

    • Hi Brenda,

      Thank you for taking Ladybug in! She sounds adorable! Has she been dewormed? Most cats/kittens found outside have some kind of worm or parasite causing their belly to be distended…it definitely is not a symptom of CH. Does her tail permanently have a crick in it, or can she straighten it but just prefers to hold it that way? If it’s permanently bent, she may have broken it somehow…that also is unrelated to CH.

      Good luck!

  18. my friend has a kitten with CH, and she wants some type of a helmet to help protect hm from further brain damage. does anyone know how i can get one made or any advice on how to make one? thanks!!!

    • Hi Missie,

      I’ll email you the contact details of a couple of people who have offered to make helmets for CH kitties!


  19. I took in a young kitten and her brother from a friends barn cat. I female kitten is pretty sure to be CH kitty. I took them in order to get rescue for them as they needed to get indoors. also I have 14 cats of my own. So far no luck with my usual rescue resources. Slider is the kittens name, she doesn’t walk, pulls herself around. She gets up on her back feet occasionally and we have built a training walker for help her. the real issue is having time for her as we work all the time. I feel with some therapy several times a day she might learn to walk some. I do fear the longer she goes the more her muscles atrophy and stiffer are her back legs. She and her brother are great buds I wish they could go together but it is not absolute. If you could place her in a foster or rescue where she could get good attention that would be super. I would be happy to talk with someone over the phone.Thank you

    • Hi Sherry, please send me an email with some phtos of Slider and more information (your location, vetting history, etc) and I will help network her for a foster/adopter!
      adoptachcat (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. I rescued my CH kitty Mini when she was four weeks old took her immediately to our vet she was fine but only 11 ozs when she went for her first shot appt. three weeks later she was fine one day before her second appt we noticed she was having issues walking we assumed she had a broken foot or something back to the vet she was diagnosed with CH she is sweet as can be this site has given me s Lot of info that’s really helpful

  21. My spouse & I saw a CH kitty up for adoption yesterday and she seems so very, very sweet. We’re thinking about adopting her but we might have a couple of issues. First, we travel several times per year. Once for 2 weeks, once for 1 week, and several other 2-4 day trips. My sister comes over to take care of our cats, but I’m wondering if we would be gone too much for a CH kitty in addition to work (I’m usually gone for 12+ hours every weekday).
    Second, I wonder about our other cats. We have an 11 year old with hyperthyroidism. My sister takes care of her medicine when we’re out of town. We have 7 year old dainty little girl, and a rough & tumble 3 year old boy. The 11 year old hates the 3 year old unless there is food involved. The 7 year old gets along with everybody. I’m concerned that the 3 year old is too rough (he’s not really aggressive, just plays rough) for a CH kitty.
    Finally, except for our bedrooms is all tiled floors. The kitten in question doesn’t seem to have a bad case of CH, but I’m afraid it will be hard for her to get around.

    Any feedback or advice would be very much appreciated. I know my spouse really wants this little kitten and he is a very good cat daddy.

    • Hi Erin,

      It sounds like a mild or mild-moderate CH kitty would do just fine in your household. Only when they get to the moderate-severe side do they really start needing more extra care and considerations. Have you spoken wth the rescue about your concerns yet? Since they know the kitten they might have more specific information regarding what extra care is needed (litter box cleanups, flooring preferences, tolerance of other cats, etc) good luck! I hope you’re able to give this little one a home!

  22. We have a 19 year old CH cat who has been a joy to live with. She is a wonderful creature and we appreciate every day we have with her. Up until about 4 months ago, her CH symptoms were pretty much the same all her life. She has had two spells now that have caused her symptoms appear worse. Is this normal. Do older cats who are a bit more frail become more uncoordinated? Basically she drags her back legs more often and even has trouble lifting to urinate. No other illness symptoms. She is eating well, not crying out, no other signs of being in oain. She has become less active over the years, sleeping more often, but this worsening of coordination doesn’t seem to have a corresponding desire to sleep more or make her less alert.

    • What happened in these “spells” before her mobility was impaired? Has she seen a vet to rule out possibility that she had a stroke or there aren’t any other medical issues going on? Arthritis is common in older pets and can affect mobility, but I wouldn’t expect that to cause her to drag her back legs.

  23. Hi, My wife and I are looking to adopt a special needs kitty. We live in Maryland and are leaning toward a CH kitty. (although a blind or tripod is not out of the question!)
    Does anyone know of any rescues that are looking for people to adopt? We spent last Saturday at Darby’s Cat Rescue in Mt. Airy meeting some amazing kitties but none had CH. We contacted Charm City Animal Rescue as they had told me they have a couple CH kitties looking for homes but even after filling out an adoption form so we could just meet the kitties we have heard nothing from them so I guess they have found them all homes. If anyone is looking for a forever home for a special kitty please feel free to contact me!

  24. I foster litters for a local shelter until the kittens and mothers are ready to be fixed and homed. I foster because I can’t commit to having a cat for their full lifespan at this point and it would be unfair to give them away later. The current litter (3 boys) all have CH. The shelter I volunteer for considered them I adoptable and gave me the option to put them down. I didn’t and I’m so glad. They are so lovable. One is mild the other two are moderate. They are pretty good with the litter box. They have learned to climb onto the couch and bed. I would love to home at least the two moderate ones together if possible, if not, all three. I just hate the idea of breaking up this litter, but if it has to be done, I’ll do it. I’m currently in Corpus Christi, TX and would like help adopting them. (If my situation was different, I’d keep them all.) They were born September 1, 2015.

  25. I stumbled on this site after looking for more information about my cat’s condition. Just seeing how many other people are determined to help their pet’s live with this condition, and to not give up on them is amazing! Thank you for all that you do!

  26. A feral cat had babies in my garage, I was planning to take care of them and rehome at 8 weeks, I believe they are CH kitties, have watched videos, spoken to vet and a rescue, they have the head bobbing and struggling to walk. What are some resources for finding them homes? I am in Colorado.

  27. Hello,

    I have a CH cat who is about a year and a half now. I have noticed her back legs seem to shake sometime. Has anybody else seem to notice this in their CH kitty.


  28. We found a abandoned kitten in our yard and have had him for going on a month. He has Ch and is blind. any recommendations on trying to get him to eat on his own? We have a routine and he is good about going on the training pads for the moment. He is a lot of work but we are going to keep him because we know he will not be wanted in our area and he has a loving home with us. We do five him set good and he will not drink water own his own go we give him a mix of water and gruel with vitamins.

  29. I have 3 CH kittens that are 6 months old (we have had them 2 months). They are frantic at every meal time and can’t wait for the dishes to get to the floor – jumping and crying constantly while it is being dished up. They are getting 2 meals a day with the vet recommended amounts plus a little extra. Is this a known issue with these kitties? Does it get better with age? Should the food quantity be split into 3 meals?

  30. Hi im in midlle east country i found this site and very helpful for those different question about CH kittens..
    i have 2 small cats i is boy and 1 is girl has a CH but i dont know her age..
    i want to know also is it safe just incase she became pregnant?
    thank you..

    • Hello,
      I would strongly suggest getting her spayed so that she cannot have kittens. Depending on severity of her CH, she may not be able to properly care for kittens. CH is not contagious so there are no concerns with her being around other cats.

  31. Can CH cause hearing problems? Often my cat gets confused when I call her like she heard the sound but doesn’t know where it came from

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