Reader: My Cat Has CH-Like Characteristics That Come & Go
The other day Jo reached out to me about her 1 1/2-year-old cat, Sargent. When he was 4-months-old he started having episodes where he’d display characteristics like cerebellar hypoplasia: wobbly walking, general ataxia.
What’s bizarre about this is that his episodes have come and gone. While we know that there are other conditions and reasons that may cause a cat to be unsteady, this one is a bit of a mystery to me. So we thought we’d share Sargent’s story, in case one of you may have come across something similar.
According to Jo:
“As the months went by the ‘episodes’ became more frequent and more pronounced. Our vet performed every test in the book, noting unusual levels of glucose and protein in the urine, but not unusual enough to indicate anything specific.
“We took him to the Queen Mother Veterinary Hospital, where we were passed back and forth between Internal Medicine, who originally thought it was a problem with his kidneys (Fancconi Syndrome) although blood tests and ultrasounds ruled this out, and Neurology.
“Neurology said that apart from these episodes he showed no signs of a problem with his brain, however they could not make a diagnosis without an MRI scan. This was going to cost thousands of pounds, and they told me that it was unlikely they could fix whatever was wrong with him, so we took him home.”
After that, Jo says the episodes stopped, although he remained clumsy. A few months later, the symptoms returned permanently. Currently Sargent is coping, so they’ve decided let him be.
The concern returned recently when he started having incontinence issues, and his wobbles have worsened a bit. Jo’s in the middle of finding another vet to take him to, but she’s afraid that he’ll go through another round of distressing and expensive tests without learning anything new.
But as for the condition, it’s a mystery.
Have you had a cat who had CH-like symptoms? Has your cat ever experienced anything like this? Please share in the comments.