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16 Jan 2006

Cerebella hypoplasia kitten, any advice or comments welcome
hi all

my kitten with cerebella hypoplasia has improved quite alot(his head doesnt wobble so much any more and he can walk without falling over) but he seems to have stopped improving. when excited or if we have some people at the house his head wobbles alot more (trying to focus on everyone at once) and his tounge still sometimes gets stuck out of his mouth (really very cute to look at but makes him very thirsty) can we expect any more improvement with age?

He can now get on and off the bed without falling and has even started running around and jumping onto low furniture (the couch and the foot rest).

he is very playful but my other 2 kittens (around the same age as he is) wont play with him and my 3 older cats occasionally smack him on the head when he jumps on them to keep him in line and then he runs away very unamused.

we recently got a tropical fish tank and he just sits infront of it for most of the day watching the fish, but last night he looked a little too close and bumped his head... he seems to have a problem judging distance..depth perception. can we expect this to improve with age also?

We also thought he was deaf but now im not so sure. I can sometimes swear he hears something.. but while hes sleeping you can stand right next to him and clap and he doesnt wake up until you touch him. My husband says he looks to the sound of the noises sometimesjust by coincidence, but could it be some kind of .. i dont know if theres a correct word of it.. but like tone or pitch that he responds too? maybe higher pitched sounds he can hear but not the lower pitched ones?

Another concern i have is having him neutered. I am so afraid of them putting him under in the condition he is in.. not that he is sick or anything but im terrified that he wont come out again if they put him under a general anesthetic, but he needs to be fixed as i have 5 girls and none of them have been fixed as they are all in door cats and NEVER EVER go outside. will he be ok after a general??

apart from all of that he must be the happiest little kitten in the whole world, never grumpy and always ready to bite your toes if you wiggle them at him.

Sorry i put alot of questions in here but i just want the best for him.
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Generally speaking, cerebellar hypoplasia is permanent. Since you have already noticed some improvement, further improvement is not impossible but is impossible to predict. No one will be able to tell you to what extent it will recover, only time will tell. If it is functional (like it seems to be) then one should be pleased with that. There is quite possible that other areas of the brain may also be affected (such as hearing), and it is therefore also quite possible that certain tones may be more audible than others.

Wait till he's adequately mature before having the sterilisation done. Speak to your vet about using the safest possible anaesthetics for the procedure. This may cost a bit more, but is well worth it.

Good luck and enjoy your kitten!

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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