What If It’s Not CH? Other Conditions That Can Cause CH-Like Symptoms
But what’s simultaneously fascinating and frustrating about CH is that those two symptoms aren’t unique to CH alone. In fact, other neurological conditions can have similar symptoms.
Earlier this year we looked into two other reasons a cat may wobble. In addition to CH’s cause, which is an underdeveloped cerebellum, we learned that inner ear problems and spinal cord and/or peripheral nerve issues could also result in wobbly walking.
That’s why it’s important that you have your vet examine your cat if you have any concerns or doubts. There are a number of tests they can perform in order to come to the right diagnosis.
In the meantime, thanks to CHCat.org, here’s a list of other neurological conditions can have similar symptoms as the ataxia and tremors found in CH cats. Conditions or illnesses that sometimes look like CH include (but are not limited to):
- Exposure to toxins
- Nutritional deficiency
- Physical trauma
- Inner ear infection
- Ear polyps
- Feline Vestibular Disease
- Infectious diseases (such as Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Toxoplasmosis)
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
- Lysosomal Storage Diseases
- Brain lesions