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CH Cats Cav & Lucy Go Viral

December 17, 2011

Lately there has been a great ruckus about two CH cats, Cav and Lucy — and all they’ve done is eat their breakfast.

You see, lately a set of six gifs (video images) of the cats has gone viral. I have no idea how, when or why these gifs were created and became popular, but I’ve encountered the set a number of times over the last few days.

Unfortunately, since there aren’t many people who understand that these cats have CH, other silly rumors and diagnoses are being spread about these two. I’ve seen dozens of comments ranging from people claiming the cats are high to others saying they have fainting-goat syndrome. I’m happy to say that some folks who are knowledgable have come to these kitties’ defense and explain that nothing’s wrong with these cats, they simply have cerebellar hypoplasia.

It’s times like these when knowledge is very powerful — and you couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to be an advocate for CH cats. Remember, these little ones need you to speak up for them, and you have plenty of resources at hand, too:

What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia (link:

Cerebellar Hypoplasia educational materials (the flier and pamphlet)

Fortunately, it’s obvious that the person who created the original video (I’m assuming their pet parent) understands their condition, as the video has been titled “Breakfast of the CHittens.” If you check out the owner’s channel, you can find more videos about these two, too.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim permalink
    December 17, 2011 3:22 pm

    Cute kitties! I’m glad it appears their owner understands their condition, however, I can’t help but feel sorry for those cats that they struggle so much on that slippery flooring. Carpet is a CH kitty’s friend! All it would take is a strategically placed rug or remnant piece of carpet and those cats could quite likely have an easier time of it. I have recently found your blog and appreciate your work. In addition to four “regular” cats, we have one moderately affected CH cat; we lost our other CH cat (he had quite severe CH) due to a heart condition that came out of nowhere and was unrelated to his CH. We’ve made it our hobby the last few years to find ways for our CH cats to be successful and fairly self-sufficient in our house. We do what we can to give them a leg up, so to speak. 🙂

    • December 18, 2011 12:53 am

      Hi Kim,
      Thanks for reading! I agree, area rugs can be a huge help 🙂 I’d love to hear about the other ways you came up with to help your CHers — I’m always fascinated by the creative ways people help their CH kitties!

  2. jeanne permalink
    April 9, 2016 8:01 pm

    kim I was thinking the same it just makes sense to have some sort of carpeting so they don’t slide around so much

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