What is hypoplasia in a cat?

Feline cerebellar hypoplasia is a neurological disorder that occurs when a cat’s brain does not develop properly in the womb. This disorder is congenital, meaning it is present at birth.

What causes hypoplasia in cats?

What causes it? Cerebellar hypoplasia most commonly occurs when a pregnant cat becomes infected with feline panleukopenia virus and passes the infection to her unborn kittens. The panleukopenia virus preferentially attacks rapidly dividing cells.

Do cats with cerebellar hypoplasia suffer?

There’s no reason to be scared of cats with cerebellar hypoplasia. They don’t suffer, they’re not in pain, and they love and purr just as much as ordinary cats.

Can a cat be mentally disabled?

Like people, cats can suffer from mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Find out how you can tell if your cat is struggling emotionally and what you can do about it.

How do cats get cerebellar hypoplasia?

When something does go wrong during the pregnancy, a kitten can be born with cerebellar hypoplasia. The most common cause occurs when a pregnant cat is exposed to the panleukopenia virus, also known as the feline distemper virus – either out in the environment (from other cats) or even from the vaccine.

Are cats with CH in pain?

A common misconception is that these cats may be in pain. Cats and kittens with CH can lead a very normal, happy, and healthy life. It does not affect their life expectancy and many adapt exceedingly well to their disability.

Can a cat be autistic?

Autism is a complex syndrome affecting humans. Feline behavioral quirks may mimic the symptoms of autism in humans, but there is no evidence that cats can have autism. ​While cats can have some behavioral quirks that mimic some signs of autism in humans, there is no evidence that cats have autism.

What is cerebellar hypoplasia in cats?

Cerebellar Hypoplasia in Cats | VCA Animal Hospital Cerebellar hypoplasia is a developmental condition in which the cerebellum of the brain fails to develop properly. It most commonly occurs when a pregnant cat becomes infected with feline panleukopenia virus and passes the infection to her unborn kittens.

When do kittens with cerebellar hypoplasia show signs of progression?

Kittens may show a slow progression of symptoms over the course of weeks or months. After the final postnatal (infant stage) onset of cerebellar hypoplasia, your kitten should not show any further progression of signs of this disorder.

Should kittens with cerebellar hypoplasia be spayed or neutered?

They should be spayed or neutered since cerebellar hypoplasia is also considered a genetic disease, and it can be passed down to future litters of kittens. They should not be declawed as they will need their nails to help grasp onto things like carpeting or rugs.

What is the best harness for a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia?

A rear harness offers hind leg support and is perfect for quick trips outside and is very comfortable for cats to wear. Other than a little extra care caring for a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia is no different than any other kitten.