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Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a condition in dogs and cats where the cerebellum is not completely mature at birth. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that controls sensory perception, coordination and motor control. In cats, the effects of cerebellar hypoplasia are usually seen immediately, but can take up to two months to become apparent in dogs.
Jerky movements, tremors and uncoordinated movement, characterize Cerebellar Hypoplasia. The cat or dog will often fall down and have trouble walking with tremors that increase with excitement.
While the exact cause of cerebeller hypoplasia is not known, scientists believe there are some underlying things that can lead to the disease, such as genetics, injury, or poisons. There is no treatment for cerebellar hypoplasia, however, most dogs and cats with the condition can live happily with a little extra care to help them compensate for their disabilities. They will have to avoid areas where a fall could get them hurt and also areas where their balance could be an issue.
Here is what a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia looks like:
While she does have trouble walking. She is healthy, has good body shape and a nice coat. She obviously likes to play and she can pretty much function like a normal cat. She just falls over once in awhile.
Do you have a cat or dog with cerebellar hypoplasia? What are your tips for living with a dog or cat with this condition?