WATCH: Birth defect leaves wobbly cat falling more than 30 times a day

By Kim Abrahams
24 July 2017

His lack of balance and slightly intoxicated walk is as a result of feline cerebellar hypoplasia.

Meet Trooper – the adorable moggy that falls over more than 30 times a day.

That little hop at the end, though!! #chkitty #cerebellarhypoplasia #wobblywednesday #catsofinstagram

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His lack of balance and slightly intoxicated walk is as a result of feline cerebellar hypoplasia – or wobbly cat syndrome – a neurological condition where his brain cannot control his fine motor skills and coordination.

The condition is usually the result of the mother having a virus while pregnant or trauma to the kitten while it’s in the womb.

But Trooper’s rickety limbs aren’t the only things the disease has left him with.

“When he gets excited, he has involuntary triggers and he will start to shake,” says owner, Charla Stromkins.

Charla shares videos and pictures of her dark-haired feline with more than 9000 followers on a special Instagram account she’s created for her furry friend.

“Whenever he gets excited or scared he will shake and you know he’s about to pounce or run.”

Fortunately, the ‘suffering’ kitty doesn’t experience any pain.

“He is the happiest cat I’ve ever had,” says Charla, who found him abandoned in a barn after his mother rejected him at birth.

And true to his name, Trooper gets up after every fall.

“He does a little hop and then when he starts to walk he falls over. There is this disconnect between his mind and his body, but he always picks himself back up again.”

Sources: metro.co.uk, thesun.co.uk

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