Cerebellar Hypoplasia

Cerebellar hypoplasia (CH) or “wobbly cat syndrome” is a neurological disorder in which the part of the brain that controls movement and motor skills (the cerebellum) does not develop completely. Because this part of their brain is not fully developed these cats don’t have the ability to move their bodies normally. Mild CH can look like the cat is a little wobbly or slightly jerky in their movements. Severe CH can severely restrict a cat’s ability to move about on their own.

Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a non-progressive disorder, meaning it will never get worse. However, as there is no cure for this disorder, it will also never get better.

Cats with CH are not in any pain, and have the same expected lifespan as any otherwise healthy cat would have.

This is Charley is a great video showing one cat and his experience with CH.

Disease Information Sites

Wikipedia has a good page covering cerebellar hypoplasia.

Life with CH Cats is a pretty good blog recounting people’s experiences in living with cats who have CH. They also have a good section with tips for making the home more accessible and safe for a cat with CH.

Support Groups

Life with CH Cats has an entire page of links to support groups and helpful blogs for you to check out.