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What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia?

Symptoms

Usually symptoms of cerebellar hypoplasia can be seen immediately at birth in cats, but sometimes can take two months or so to become apparent in dogs. Cerebellar hypoplasia causes jerky movements, tremors and generally uncoordinated motion. The animal often falls down and has trouble walking. Tremors increase when the animal is excited and subside when at ease.

Below we have videos of Poppie demonstrating symptoms of Cerebellar Hypoplasia in a cat friendly, caring and safe environment (videos have been posted with Poppie's permission - oeps sorry not yet posted, will come shortly). Please have a look and see if your cat displays similar behavior. If you see any resemblance, have your cat checked by a vet.

 

Jerky Movements

Although absolutely harmless, Poppie often displays jerky movements that slow him down running to cat treats or dinner.

 

Tremors

Poppie tends to shake his paw in an uncontrolled manner when he is excited.

 

Generally Uncoordinated Motion

Another example of Poppie's impeded coordination.

 

Causes

There are several bacterial infections and viral infections such as feline panleukopenia, caused by feline parvovirus, that can result in the disorder in both cats and dogs. However, the disease can also be caused by malnutrition, poisoning, injury or general accidents during development in the fetus.

Prognosis

The disease does not get better or worse with age, but the cat or dog can usually learn to somewhat compensate for it and should have a normal lifespan. Most afflicted animals can lead a fairly normal life if special considerations for the animal's disability are taken by the pet's owner.

Similar conditions

A related condition seen in cats, dogs, horses, cattle, sheep and other animals is cerebellar abiotrophy. The symptoms are similar, and the two conditions are sometimes confused with each other, but cerebellar abiotrophy occurs due to loss of purkinje cells in the cerebellum that occurs after the animal is born. Cerebellar abiotrophy is usually a genetic condition.

Source: Wikipedia

 

 


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