Cats are susceptible to various disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nerves within the body. Some of the neurological cat diseases occur just in cats, and some of them are the same as in humans. In most of them, a change of behavior or loss of balance is common. Cats are resilient and can bounce back, or live with most of the neurological diseases.
Cerebellar Hypoplasia, also known as wobbly cat syndrome, is a disorder of the central nervous system and affects how the cat moves, not just in the beginning of life, but all through it.
Cats with this disease have balancing issues and may walk with legs widely placed, take high, clumsy steps and may walk in a zig-zag as though drunk. Cats with CH often lean against walls for support; the cat isn't weak it is just not coordinated. Sitting still, they may look like a fairly normal cat but once focused on a toy, food bowl or friendly hand, tremors begin getting more wobbly as concentration becomes more intense.
Still, despite this impairment, cats with this condition are happy, able to feed themselves, use a litter box, and have good life quality. Fortunately the condition is non-progressive (it doesn't get worse). Afterall, to them, this is all they have known and it is perfectly normal.
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A seizure is an abnormal, involuntary behavior. Behaviors such as champing and chewing, foaming at the mouth, collapsing, jerking of the legs, and loss of urine and stool. An altered level of consciousness is followed by a gradual return to normal.
Usually no cause can be found, so once all other causes of seizures have been ruled out, the term epilepsy is given, which simply means seizure disorder.
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Phenobarbital remains the first-choice to control seizures in cats. Numerous studies and abundant clinical experience have proven this drug to be effective in cats, and it is generally considered safe.
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