Poll: Is Your CH Cat Smaller Than Average?
As Lauren put it, Mimosa, who recently turned two, is a tiny cat considering she’s a full-grown adult. She’s barely 8 lbs., and Lauren says her paws are the size of quarters.
This is something that I and a number of CH cat parents have wondered about from time to time, so I wanted to ask all of you — do you consider your CH cat to be smaller in size and weight than an average cat?
To answer that, we’d need to know what an average cat’s size is (based on weight). When researching this, I was reminded that an “average” cat can vary from 7 to 20 lbs depending on the cat’s breed and age. That’s a wide range, which can make this question and answers rather subjective. Regardless, I’m still curious what you all think.
If you have a moment, please take this poll. Please vote once for each CH cat you have:
Please also feel free to leave additional comments below.
For a while I’ve thought about why some CH cats may be smaller than other cats, and I’ve came up with a few ideas. Please chime in with your own thoughts, too!
1) Cerebellar hypoplasia is commonly caused if the mother cat contracts panleukopenia (distemper) or if there was some sort of trauma to the unborn kittens. While I’m no vet, I would imagine that either scenario, as neither one is ideal, may have additional impacts on the kittens. Perhaps they may not grow up to be as big and strong as they could be given their prenatal conditions. Perhaps there were other contributing factors (that don’t manifest like CH) that could have also impacted the kittens in other ways.
2) Along those same lines, I’ve wondered if kittens with more severe cases of CH turn out to be the runts.
This theory of mine was turned on its head when we adopted Ellie. She was the smallest of three (named Shadow because her foster thought she had a shadow of a chance to live), but as she grew older, it was apparent that the so-called runt actually had the least-severe case of CH among her siblings. Granted, Ellie is definitely moderate, while her sisters at the time were moderate/severe and severe.
That said, our one-year-old Ellie is a small cat, especially compared to CG.
What do you think? Do you think that a cat’s CH may be correlated to his size? Or do you think size is an independent factor?