Is Your Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cat More Wobbly After Sleeping?
After Stephanie had observed that her 8-year-old cerebellar hypoplasia cat would be wobblier than usual after waking up from a nap or resting, she decided to touch base with the CH Cats and Kittens Facebook group to find out if other CH cat parents noticed similar behaviors in their cats.
“Our baby was sleeping/laying down for about four or five hours and when she got up, she fell over three times while going a distance of about two feet,” Stephanie shared. She added that once her CH cat gets moving for a bit, she’s back to “normal.”
While there could be a number of factors at play in a case like this (be sure to visit your vet often so he can watch for early signs of arthritis and other conditions), a number of other pet parents shared that their CH cats are often extra unsteady after a nap or rest, too.
Andrea perhaps put it the best by sharing her name for it — “sleepy legs” — saying that the same thing happens to her Hank. Once he’s up and around for a little bit, he’s fine, she said.
From my own experience, I’ve noticed a similar behavior, specifically with Ellie. I like to say that it takes her a while to get warmed up in the morning. Consequently, I try to help her out here and there so she doesn’t hurt herself.
For example, if I notice that she’s particularly wobbly, I’ll carry her down our stairs in the morning, rather than having her come down on her own. A number of mornings have involved a few slips, tumbles and falls on the way to her breakfast dish, which is no way to start a day.
(I’m all about providing her with opportunities so she can practice going up and down stairs, but I personally don’t feel comfortable doing that when I know she’s not at the top of her game.)
While some CH cats may just need a little time to get warmed up, you may be able to find some ways to make those moments a bit easier. For example, you may want to consider more area rugs throughout your home, or even try Dianne’s creative flooring solution.
Is your CH cat noticeably wobblier after waking up or getting up from a rest? Have you found ways to help your cat? Please share in the comments!