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Do CH Kitties Have More Digestive Issues Than “Normies”?

May 21, 2012

Photo courtesy Shana Lee

After facing our own tummy troubles with Ellie and hearing from a number of readers, I couldn’t help but wonder if cerebellar hypoplasia cats are more prone to digestive/GI tract issues than “normal” cats.

To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if this were the case due to a few factors:

So I wanted to reach out to the CH cat community to see what your experiences have been like.

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After hearing from a number of you, I was quite surprised at your responses. It seems dietary/digestive issues may not have as much to do with whether or not your cat has CH (although that may be a factor), as much as the *type* of food your cat can handle. Here’s what some of you shared:

Percy, Jacquie’s severe CH cat, had GI issues early on. Once he was put on a non-corn based food, his loose stool issues cleared up.

Lilly Grace, Jennifer’s CH cat, doesn’t have any digestive issues. She eats grain-free canned food only. Although she lies on her side in the litter box, she doesn’t any issue going to the bathroom.

Nanako, Elise’s moderate CH cat, is prone to digestive issues; however, she eats grain-free food, which helps. She also lies on her side in the litter box.

Hippa, Elise’s mild CH cat, doesn’t have any digestive issues.

Dylan, Jules’ mild CH cat, has digestive issues and a gluten intolerance.

Martha, Tanja’s CH cat, eats raw meat and canned fish (tuna and salmon, 100% fish). She doesn’t eat any dry food, and doesn’t have any problems in the litter box.

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Boris, Valerie’s CH cat, lays on his side in the litter box without an issue; however, he will have loose stools if his diet is varied.

Daisy, Valerie’s other cat, poops regularly without issues and can eat anything.

Jewel, Barbie’s CH cat, also lays on her side in the litter box.

Shakey, Deb’s CH cat, goes every day, eats wet cat food and dry Instinct Chicken Formula with baby food and water mixed in. She used to have stomach issues as a kitten with less expensive cat food.

Anzo, Cody’s mild CH cat, takes a digestive supplement for hairballs, but goes to the bathroom just fine.

Melissa’s Otter, who was severe, had a number of digestive problems, but she’s found that her newest additions, Lovey and Effie do not. Melissa also mentioned that Otter had seizures, unlike her girls, which may have contributed to the digestive issues.

Lastly, Tam says her CH cat has fewer issues than their “normal” cats! “If they were all like her we’d be so so happy,” Tam says.

So there we have it — nothing 100% conclusive, but it may ease your mind to know that CH cats can have just as varied issues (and lack of issues) as “normies.”

That said, if your cat does have chronic diarrhea, you have some options. You can try adding small amounts of pumpkin or rice to your cat’s diet – but before you do, please consult your vet, as he’ll know the best solution for your cat.

Did I leave anyone out? Do you have any other thoughts? Please share in the comments!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    May 21, 2012 11:35 am

    Our Little Man is pretty good about managing the litter box, although he does make a mess getting out of it! But he does seem to have some constipation issues sometimes – and he is a total lazy bones, even though he’s just over a year!

  2. May 22, 2012 5:30 pm

    Chairman Mao doesn’t really have an digestive issues. We feed him a meat based kibble, it’s grain free and that helps a lot. We eat grain free too though, so it just makes more sense too!

  3. S.S permalink
    June 1, 2012 11:16 am

    This site is great! My CH kitty just had an issue with a UTI; got him a shot and I switched his food to an grain free food and my poor baby became constipated. We are going to try to go back to his old food and start looking at other healthier foods that have grain. We think he needs high fiber.

  4. Cindy watson permalink
    May 23, 2020 1:17 pm

    My kitty is seven weeks old she was abandoned. We have had her 3 weeks no problems urinating but no bowel movement. Dhr has sever CH. any suggestions on how to get her going wil be appreciated . Her abdomen is not distended or hard she seems fine but I’ve got to get her bowels moving. ( very tiny) lil girl

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