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Head Tremors in Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cats

In addition to the wobbles, another common symptom of cerebellar hypoplasia is temporary head tremors, or the uncontrollable shaking of a cat’s head (like a bobble-head doll). Also called cerebellar or intention tremors, they are an additional result of damage to the cerebellum.

The tremors, which range in severity, usually occur when the cat is trying to focus on something. They may also be brought on by stress, fear or fatigue, but the tremor usually passes in a few moments. While experiencing a tremor, your kitty may miss her target or fall over, but it otherwise shouldn’t hurt her.

Another interesting fact: The tremors are usually perpendicular to the direction of movement — so if your kitty is focusing on something straight ahead, her head will most likely wobble from side to side.

Here’s an example of CG’s tremors when he was 2 months old:

Fortunately, as CG has grown up, his head tremors have improved. He’ll still get them on occassion, but I don’t feel like they’re as severe since he’s older and larger now.

Here’s a video of Ellie’s head tremors:

One thing to watch for is what happens after the head tremor. Sometimes CG will lose his balance after a head tremor, fall over and knock his chin on the floor. I don’t think it’s ever hurt him too badly, but I do suspect a head tremor-induced chin bump to have caused a chipped tooth.

Please note that CH cats are born with head tremors; they do not develop later on in life. If your cat has developed head tremors, please visit your vet. 

How are your cat’s head tremors? Have they improved as your cat has improved?

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  1. Jacquie B permalink
    September 30, 2011 4:51 am

    Now that you have pointed this out and educated me about it I will watch more intentionally. My CH kitty, Percy went to the vet for the first time a few days ago and I noticed his tremors while we were waiting to see the vet. He had never been away from home except once on a camping trip with me. Thanks for the info. I am concerned about my little guy. He has pooping problems and I cannot seem to stop it. I love my little guy, Percy. I’ll do whatever I can to make his life good. He has severe symptoms. He flops. Hwe cannot walk at all.

    • October 1, 2011 9:44 am

      Hi Jacquie,
      Thanks for commenting! Percy sounds like a special cat! What sort of pooping problems does he have? Can he not make it to the litter box in time, or is it something else? Have you tried using diapers on him? That may be an option, granted a big commitment too!
      Good luck, please keep in touch and thanks for reading!

    • JacquieB permalink
      November 1, 2011 2:04 am

      Thankfully, Percy’s pooping problems have improved greatly. The vet explained to me that worms can be a constant problem if the pet has fleas, and in our area fleas are TERRIBLE in the summer. Percy had a bad bout of worms when he was a kitten; his mom is feral. Our vet took care of the worms, gave me a great deal on Advantage, and suggested a better food for Percy, even though it is $$expensive$$ (he is doing well on the Blue Buffalo kibble). Percy is worth the extra expense. Consequently his BMs are well formed and he is able to keep himself clean as he struggles clumsily to get his ‘business’ covered up and get himself back out of the box. Now that he is a young adult he ALWAYS gets IN the litter box for his BMs. I am very proud of him! He still likes to use newspaper/peepee pads for his other duty. Anyway, I am glad to report Percy is doing very well, and he is a little superstar to us.
      Natalia, it sounds like you use the same type of set-up that we use: a litter box with pads around it. I also cover the pads with newspaper because it allows us to use less pads overall, and saves money. Also, Percy MUST scratch up the papers to try and cover his business. Lord only knows what my friends and other visitors must think when they see a 5′ X 5′ kitty potty area in the corner of the family room! But my critters are #1 priority at my house! Good luck with Lulu!

  2. Natalia permalink
    October 8, 2011 8:58 am

    My Lulu has head tremors! She also cannot make it to the litter box in time though. Why is this? I always keep a pee pad (like the ones dogs use) on the outside of her litter box and sometimes she misses it too. She is the sweetest kitty in the world and I would never give up on her! ~Natalia

  3. Silver Blaze permalink
    May 27, 2012 1:34 am

    We have an orphaned kitten that we’re hand-raising, and I stumbled across your blog trying to figure out what she’s doing. She’s now 3 weeks old, and when she focuses on something (movement, noise, lighting), her entire head trembles and shivers really bad. It’s sporadic, and only when something’s caught her attention. It’s more severe than your video, but I’m hoping maybe it’ll slow/calm down as she gets older?

    Anyway, thanks for the video, it really helps to compare and see what’s most likely! ^_^

    • May 27, 2012 8:43 am

      They very well may. In my experience all of my CH cats’ symptoms have slowly lessened in severity. Sometimes they’re so bad that they lose balance and hit their chins on the floor, but thats only occasionally. Thanks for reading, good luck and please let me know if you have any more questions, etc 🙂

  4. annie permalink
    October 15, 2012 12:49 am

    Cute!!! My boy has them bad. Not so much his sister. When he gets overly excited, I just say in a calm voice ” focus” and he instantly stops. Pretty cool.

  5. November 12, 2012 1:35 pm

    Kenny’s head tremors are pretty bad, and more or less constant when he’s concentrating on doing anything from eating, to tracking a toy, to pooping. I hope they improve with age! He’s only 3 1/2 months!

  6. Alice Davis permalink
    November 28, 2012 3:38 pm

    Our 12 year old cat, Bit, was rescued as a tiny kitten in our front yard. She almost died but survived. She shakes her head from time to time for a few seconds. Last week she did that and sneezed and blood came from her nose. She did not seem in pain. She only did it once. What caused the bleeding?

    • November 28, 2012 3:41 pm

      Hi Alice,
      This sounds like a great question for your vet. Head tremors in cerebellar hypoplasia cats shouldn’t cause anything like that, so perhaps she simply had a bloody nose, or maybe it’s something else. Have you had a chance to consult your vet?

  7. Mindi permalink
    January 7, 2013 7:09 pm

    I have been caring for some kittens I rescued, and I just recently noticed one of the kitten’s head tremors when he stops to focus on something. It sounds like this (CH) could be the problem, but it looks a little different than some of the videos I have seen…his head shakes slowly and he doesn’t seem to have any walking issues or anything like that… do you still think this could be the problem? I hope so because I’d hate for it to be anything worse…

    • January 8, 2013 7:24 am

      Hi Mindi,
      Thanks for caring for these little ones! Unfortunately, there’s no way to determine if it’s CH or something else until you can take him into a vet. If you have a smartphone or camera, perhaps you can take video of his head shaking to show the vet (just in case he doesn’t do it when you bring him in).
      Good luck!

  8. shay permalink
    January 27, 2013 1:42 am

    Hey, my cat bea is just over 2 years old, and in the past couple days I’ve noticed her balance is off and she prefers sleeping all the time. And just today i saw her head was shaking. Because she is just starting now could it be something else or what… I’ve never had a cat do this before and im worried.

    • January 27, 2013 8:34 am

      Since these symptoms came on rapidly, I suggest that you take your cat to the vet right away so he can take a look at him and figure out what’s going on. Try to take specific notes or videos – they may help your vet. Good luck!

  9. Kathryn Brighton permalink
    March 15, 2013 12:57 pm

    I woke up first thing this morning and noticed my cat having one of these head tremmers for the first time I’ve seen was rather freaked out i don’t know if my cat has ch but she’s 3 years old and this is the first time I’ve noticed her do this

    • March 15, 2013 1:49 pm

      Hi Kathryn,
      If you haven’t already, I’d suggest calling or visiting your vet to find out if there’s anything going on with your cat. Cats are born with cerebellar hypoplasia, so it’s likely your cat doesn’t have it, especially since you haven’t noticed the tremors before. It may be nothing, but then again, it may be something. It’s better to check it out just in case.
      Good luck!

  10. shannon permalink
    May 17, 2013 7:11 pm

    My cat is fifteen yrs old, and he has head tremors EXACTLY like the kittens in the videos a few times per week for about a year now. could he have cerebellar hypoplasia? He didn’t have the problem before. Also, he is overweight, and sprays A LOT (for the past few years). He’s fixed and an indoor cat with no other animals. In addition, he gets aggresive sometimes with me and my husband. He violently attacks our feet and sometimes our hands (not playful but violent and angry and we were just sitting there or standing up). I would like help find a diagnosis. The vet just said she didn’t know and that if it’s a tumor or something they can’t do anything.

    • May 17, 2013 8:55 pm

      Hi Shannon,
      I’d suggest getting a second opinion about the head tremors if you’re concerned. If they were related to cerebellar hypoplasia, he would have had them since birth, so there may be something else going on. As for your other concerns, a trusted vet should be able to help you in those areas too. Good luck!

  11. shannon permalink
    May 17, 2013 9:26 pm

    Thank you for the reply. I’ve been searching for answers online and by talking to others, but no one had seen a cat do that before. While he didn’t have the tremors until a year ago, it does bobble like the cats heads in some of the videos. I’m going to have him checked out by another vet soon.

    • May 6, 2023 1:27 pm

      Did you figure it out? This is happening with my 14 year old cat

  12. Amy Adams permalink
    August 14, 2013 7:29 am

    feral cat had kittens on our porch…I finally got to hold them and one has a very bad head tremor…I would like to post the video…and get some feedback about this if possiblea

  13. Kynnetic permalink
    August 23, 2013 7:56 pm

    I just recently adopted a three-month old male Russian Blue, whom I renamed Etienne (they were mean and named him Weebles) from Petsmart and their Vet diagnosed him as having CH (It appears to be a moderate case). He has some serious troubles walking and when he gets excited, aggravated/agitated/frustrated, etc. he tends to have some head tremors (at some points since his adoption I almost thought he was having a seizure the tremors were so bad).
    He’s the sweetest little guy, but some of his hyperactive antics almost cause me to have a heart attack (such as when he plays near the stairs — he’s already fallen down them twice and nearly gave me a coronary each time its happened even if he doesn’t seem to take notice of it at all)

    • August 26, 2013 9:03 pm

      Hi to you and Etienne!
      I think sometimes WE have a bigger learning curve when it comes to being comfortable with their CH — that said, falling down stairs is NO fun! Perhaps you can look into getting a baby gate to put at the top of the stairs? My husband and I got one since our little girl tumbles a lot, too.
      Good luck! Can’t wait to hear more about Etienne!

  14. Rosa permalink
    August 27, 2013 11:38 pm

    Hello all,

    I was reading the posts because something similar is happening to my one-year old cat. She has been experiencing head tremors lately. The tremors last a few seconds, sometimes maybe about a minute or so. At the same time, I notice other symptoms, such as watery eyes, itchy skin (excessive grooming), and one time, a swollen nose. Does anyone have any idea what this could be?

    I thought it may be allergies, so I give her allergy medicine prescribed by her vet. It seems to help reduce the symptoms; however, I haven’t heard of a cat experiencing head tremors as a symptom of allergies. The head tremors worry me.


    • August 28, 2013 6:06 am

      Hi Rosa-
      Thank you for commenting. I’m sorry to hear about your cat’s condition. Perhaps consider getting a second opinion from another vet? Good luck!

    • Denny permalink
      July 1, 2015 2:54 am

      My 2 year old cat has a skin condition that only irritates her in summer. This year she has scratched herself raw and now has head tremors, very high temperature and balance problems. The vet is almost certain that it’s related to her skin problems. Advised us to give her antihistamines. Her blood results don’t give any positive answers so we will continue to visit the vet to see how it goes. Met calm was also prescribed as steroids could make it worse.

  15. catgirl624 permalink
    August 29, 2013 11:17 pm

    My cat just started doing the head tremors tonight when she was trying to itch her ear. She has always had allergies that affect her ears though.

    From reading more about CH it sounds a lot like Tiffany. I always thought she had balance issues because she is cross eyed. Sometimes she does some very weird things, so this makes a lot of sense. My boyfriend calls her Jack Sparrow and says she “has the moves like Jagger.”

    • August 30, 2013 5:52 am

      Thanks for commenting! I wanted to send a quick note just in case – head tremors are noticeable in a CH cat starting at birth; they don’t come on later in life. If they continue, please visit your vet. There are a number of conditions that can mimic CH, so you’ll want to be sure. Good luck!

    • Rosa permalink
      August 30, 2013 2:28 pm


      I just wanted to comment on catgirl624’s post. I think it’s possible that the head tremors are due to the allergies. I took my cat to the vet yesterday, and she confirmed that this may be the case. My cat has always had allergies too. I haven’t always noticed the head tremors, only when the allergies are really bad and her ears get really itchy. If CH starts at birth, and this symptoms occurs later on, it is probably something else.

      Thanks, Amanda for allowing us to share our cat experiences. 🙂


  16. Sarah permalink
    September 2, 2013 6:56 pm

    So my cat is about 8 years old now and ever since she was a kitten, her back left leg would shake but has gotten better through the years. Today she was, I think, trying to see how far the counter was from the chair she was on, and her head started to shake like the kitten in the video. Is it possible that she has CH and she just had leg tremors instead of head tremors until now? Thank you.

    • September 2, 2013 8:13 pm

      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for your comment. A CH cat’s head tremors are noticeable at birth and are due to a neurological issue. Since your cat just recently exhibited tremors, I suggest you speak to your vet soon. It would be wise to document when/where/how long they take place too, as well as mention the leg tremor to find out what’s going on. Good luck!

  17. Bob F. permalink
    September 4, 2013 11:35 pm

    I just adopted an orange tabby CH kitten…and she’s wonderful. She bobbles and wobbles but is so loving. Her so-called “disability” makes her cuter and more adorable than ever. I’m now doing research, as a good dad would do, to learn everything I can about how to make Bobby’s life the best possible.

    • Tar permalink
      January 21, 2014 11:14 pm

      That’s wonderful! I hope she is doing well 🙂

  18. Stacey permalink
    November 20, 2013 8:35 pm

    Hi I am thinking about getting a CH kitty. She is just 3 months old. She is so beautiful and she has touched my heart. One thing is I notice that other people are making comments that their Ch cats miss the litter box and mess beside it. Is this a frequent thing that I should except for the life of the cat?

    • November 22, 2013 7:41 am

      Hi Stacey,
      Thanks for commenting, and I hope things work out with the CH cat! Some CH cats do have accidents because of their CH. Sometimes getting the right litter box can help. Some other times, there could be something else going on (like with other cats). You can find out more about litter box use and tips here:

  19. melissa permalink
    December 4, 2013 6:09 pm

    so my kitten is 8 wks old and he sleeps an awful lot and he’s very unstable when he walks and sometimes just falls over and it seems like his legs are limp when i pick him up, a lot of what im reading sounds like he may have chm but from what you know is it normal for them to sleep so much and hes also so much smaller and less active then his siblings

    • December 5, 2013 6:57 am

      Please take your kitten to the vet. He may have CH, but there’s no way to tell unless a vet can check him out to see if it’s something else.

  20. Tar permalink
    January 21, 2014 11:12 pm

    My eldest cat, whom we recently put down due to terminal renal failure, had these tremors for a year on and off before she passed on. Now, my other cat has started them. I notice that they occur, as with the other cat, that if I pet her near the side of her head and chest that she would get them. It’s so strange. I will observe her more closely now that I know I’m not imagining it.

  21. Marta permalink
    February 12, 2014 1:12 pm

    Our one and a half year old cat, Lexi, has had head tremors since she was a tiny kitten. They are really the only sign of CH she has. As a kitten her coordination was a little off and her tremors were pretty regular, but as she’s gotten older the tremors only occur when she’s watching something intently. She has excellent balance now and has no problem standing on her hind legs. She does jump to high places gradually. For example: first to the window sill, then to the top of the kitty tower. Most people don’t notice anything unusual about her until they see the head tremors. She’s a marvelous girl and it is due to finding this site a year ago that we were able to conclude she likely is a CH cat.

  22. Barb permalink
    May 28, 2014 10:41 am

    We adopted a CH kitty (18mos old now) who is very affectionate and cuddly. The vet said these cats tend to be tactile and good lap-cats. He’s very curious and playful. His shaking symptoms have improved over time– sometimes while eating he still shakes. And he paces when he gets anxious or excited like a lion. He precious and we love him. Thanks for this informative post!

  23. felicity permalink
    June 3, 2014 1:02 pm

    My kitty contracted aspergillus and has a subsequent head tremor. Miracle is he overcame the fungus – and it was in his brain!! My vet had never seen this in a domestic feline before, nor have the majority. He is doing great and is happy, can walk and run with a limp on his right side, as the damage affected his right mortor cortex. When he was terribly ill he was paralytic. Just wanted to share.

  24. Lauren permalink
    August 23, 2014 8:40 pm

    So, it’s been a little bit since I posted on here. Riley has improved greatly over the 2+ years that I’ve had him. He still has his head tremors and his slightly flamboyant swings of his head when he’s particularly enthused about something. However, this post isn’t about him, it’s about his 13 week old sister Luna. She doesn’t really have any classic CH wobbles like he does, or like most of these lovelies do. She does however, exhibit some mild head tremors. Could this be EXTREMELY mild CH or is that just something special about her?? She did have a few seizures within a week of being born (my girlfriend’s cat had kittens so we’ve literally had Luna since the day she was born) but we believe we ruled it as a reaction to the formula we were supplementing her with (the mom wasn’t producing enough milk for all 5 kittens to sufficiently nurse so we supplemented all of them with bottle feeding while they were nursing). One of her brothers showed some CH wobbles when he was less than 2 months old, but those seem to have subsided entirely since then. Luna did wobble around the same age but now she only exhibits the head tremors. Is this very mild CH or just Luna being Luna?

  25. August 26, 2014 4:45 am

    At what age age these symptoms noticable?
    I handrear kittens as part of my charity work and another handrearer had two kittens of a week old that developed head tremors and they did gave to be syringe fed. They unfortunately didnt make it but I’m now wondering how do do tell if a handreared kitten has it… what stage does it become apparant?

  26. Emily permalink
    October 9, 2014 6:39 am

    Our cat gave birth to three kittens 8 weeks ago (two have just recently gone to their forever home with a family friend). She had a fairly healthy pregnancy, in the first week she completely lost her appetite and lost weight but regained it as she progressed. I had no reason to suspect anything was wrong with any of the kittens until they have got a bit bigger, I think all kittens are wobbly to some degree until they’re old enough to support themselves properly. The one kitten we kept took much longer to start eating solids, at 8 weeks hes only just started eating dry food, won’t touch wet food and still nurses. He’s also still very uncoordinated. He didn’t jump like his siblings but he climbs up things very well. He does something similar to this head tremor occasionally when he’s focused on something, then he will roll over – once falling off the bed. When he does it he puts his head back into his neck sort of like an owl. He has a funny little run and sometimes falls over. I do wonder if it is just that he hasn’t fully developed his muscles yet, due to not eating solids as quickly as the others. I will ask the vet when I take him to be neutered next week.

  27. Shelly permalink
    February 19, 2015 9:45 am

    My CH cat, Shakester, has Never improved on his balance,walking,pottying,shaking,etc. He mostly drags his whole back 1/2 of his body around. When he can walk he wobbles sooo bad! It’s obvious when u see Shakester there is definitely something wrong with him! But we Luv him n I have accepted he’s ALOT of work n have to b patient n understanding with him!!

  28. March 22, 2015 11:16 am

    My Persian cat,I’ve had her since 2010,she was abandoned in an apt.My sister took her in but fought with her cat . I was visiting from my state and took her home.She has had problems since maybe it’s why her owners left her which I think is cruel but I noticed over time when she is sitting and looks straight on she has head tremors. Brought it up to her vet numerous times they NEVER even addressed it one vet in group said video it.I’ve tried, don’t know when it will come and it happens so quick the thing is she was not a kitten when I got her, in fact in 2010 I was thought she might have been around 8 or 9. Is it dangerous,will it get worse.I’m upset because no vet has even mentioned what it could be except maybe a neurological problem.It is tremors and I am so glad I found your video because it really bothers me as she has other medical problems . Thank you for putting it on the site I found it on but how is your kitty doing? Do many cats have this?

  29. Rachel permalink
    June 8, 2015 1:34 pm

    Is there anything I should do for my cat during/after her head tremors?

  30. Sue permalink
    July 14, 2015 5:02 pm

    One of my latest kittens has CH and the only real problem I have had with him is feeding as this is when he head shakes the most but I have bought a soft rubber dish and he is catching up with his bros although it is a very messy event but otherwise he is the most playful happy adventurous kitten I have ever had the pleasure of meeting love my lil Shakie and he has his forever home x

  31. Faith permalink
    August 30, 2015 12:03 pm

    my cat started last night with head tremors and still has them today

  32. Hans permalink
    October 12, 2015 12:29 am

    There’s my friend kitten who was rescued at a very young age outside, while he was probably left for dead by the mother. He always shake his head anormaly when he’s trying to do whatever a cat do. He can’t concentrate on anything, and he’s always trying to bite us (to the point it is very annoying, It seems like everything is always going too fast around him, he always seem surprise, even when he sees something that’s not moving. Should I told her to bring him to a vet? I’m scared he won’t be a nice cat when he’ll grow old…something like a violent cat who likes to bite people for fun, instead of being pet.

  33. Megan B. permalink
    October 24, 2015 1:45 pm

    Hey Amanda! We recently adopted a kitty who we believe has CH. He is wobbly and unbalanced with his gait, and often falls over. He also has difficult getting on or off of furniture, but otherwise seems like a perfectly happy and healthy kitty. The only thing that makes me question the diagnosis is the fact that he does not have any head tremors that we’ve been able to see thus far. Is CH always associated with head tremors, and it is possible for a cat to have a mild case with no head tremors at all?

  34. Rhonda L Buchler permalink
    December 29, 2015 5:03 am

    I have been caring for feral cats & their litters for 7-8 yrs. now. I’m handicapped (amputee of rigbt leg) usually on crutches & closing in on 60 yrs.old.Three years ago I noticed several of the feral kittens on my property head would shake & their balance was off. Found that there is no cure. A friend remembered a similar event as a child where her grandmother added corn syrup to their water (a tsp. in 8-12 ozs.). Whether it helps I want to believe it has but with the ongoing count being 49 felines I’ll challenge any idea or help I can get. I’m drowning here without resources but our lil town gives what it can or I’m not pushy enough. Tried to do the TNR (trap, neuture & release), again lack of help & a fixed income has me drained & frustrated. I’m determined to complete this venture & new found love with what started out as entertainment is now a full time job. Any suggestions, I’m all ears & willing. I have told my story so many times without any feedback. Please help an animal lover enjoy them again. Losing all hope in So. Oregon…. Thank you for any considerations. God bless.

  35. February 7, 2016 10:50 am

    My cat Shaelee I have just recently noticed her head with a little tremor. What causes this and what will the Vet do? My older cat who passed away last summer had them and the Vet then treated him for kidney issues? Do the tremors have anything to do with the kidneys?
    thank you. Nancy.

  36. Tierra r.n. Jordan permalink
    February 26, 2016 9:22 pm

    I’m not sure if my cat has this, but she is five years old and her name is spirit. She has been extremely shy and hardly comes out her den, and it has been like this for 3 weeks. But just recently, it got worse. Now she hasn’t been eating for the past few days and you can see her bones. Her head shakes uncontrollably, and she won’t eat her favorite treat or play with her favorite toy! Not only that, but she slides in the ground when she walks, and she can’t seem to stay on her feet. I’m so worried about spirit. Please help!

  37. Cheryl Jones permalink
    September 6, 2016 11:57 am

    I have a cat that was originally diagnosed with ch. However, at 2 our vet moved, and the new one says he has nerve damage, not ch. His head does wobble mildly while concentrating, and he has trouble with his hind quarters wobbling, but his front legs are fine. His new vet said ch would be in the front legs as well. Do you agree?

  38. Kelly permalink
    October 4, 2016 12:37 pm

    My boy cat got attacked by another anamal and/ or hit by a car (not sure which) he lost the use of his back legs in DEC of 2015 since then he has gained his use back but he wobbles when he walkes and has a balance issue now, he has head tremors but also has tremors in his rear by his tail, usually they pass in a few minutes but his symptoms sound a lot like CH symptoms except for the rear end tremors. Could this still be CH? The last time he went to the vet they said he’s not in pain and he may or may not get the use of his legs back so we are grateful that he gets around so much better but has the drunken sailor walk

  39. JoAnn Wintenburg permalink
    December 4, 2016 4:42 pm

    I have a 17 yr old cat that has just recently been having what I called Essential Tremors and which is what my Neurologist diagnosed me as having. Oliver has a 5 yrs history with Vestibular disease although he learned adapted will to the balance issue and his head is upright again. I’m wondering if the two conditions are possibly related. I have not taken him to the vet for this anomaly as I am Vet poor with other issues. He also has low thyroid but acts perky and fine most of the time. Thank you for any feedback you may have.

  40. Gail permalink
    December 7, 2016 6:57 pm

    Before you tell me to take my cat to the vet, I have been there at least six times or more. He shakes his head a lot, vet check him on problems with his ears, found no problem. I have spent hundreds of dollars with blood test, and check ups. Only thing we have learn is he has a very high blood count cant remember what they call it but it has to do with his muscles. Now they want to do a Biopsy and sent it to research center in California. Cost between three thousand, high five thousand. Before I even consider spending the money, vet told me not sure what the out come will be. Have you ever heard of any thing like this?

  41. Christie permalink
    February 13, 2017 6:54 pm

    I adopted a male fiv tom cat who is either 3 or 6? According to paper work? Asked vet and he said 3 but later seen 6 wrote down? Anyway he will be siting or laying down and he will look at me and his head slightly moves around in a circular motion about three times very slightly. Asked vet about it and he said he had never heard that before. After we adopted him we found out he had two fractured teeth we had to have removed. Also has one ear that is tore up from I’m assuming when he lived on the streets. Wondering if he has this.

  42. Rob permalink
    March 6, 2017 3:46 am

    My cat is approaching 14 years of age. A little over a year ago, he apparently ate a poisoned mouse as just about every organ in his body began to shut down. He was hospitalized $$$ and gradually his organ tests have improved, with his kidney function being the slowest recovery. Meanwhile, he has small tremors which appear to be seizures, periodically throughout the day. His head shakes for around one second. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by it, but I am.

  43. Heather permalink
    July 26, 2017 1:48 am

    Hi I am currently fostering to brothers that are about 24 days old now. I had to tube feed the one I am concerned about for about two days. He nearly died and two of the other boys died before I even got them home from a woman who was not experienced with orphans. I have been trying to brush off his shaking head (looks like someone set him to vibrate for a few seconds) as he is still learning to walk and balance. I know kittens develop differently but his brother is more robust and stable. I started noticing this about a week and a half ago. I am concerned it may be a neurologic issue. He doesn’t show any other symptoms of CH but this head shaking so far doesn’t seem to be stopping. I am unable to take to vet until rescue says so as that is who is paying for his care. Just wondering if I am being a ridiculous overworried mama. Never had another kitten his age still trembling like this as often. Thanks in advance.

    • Cheryl Jones permalink
      September 3, 2017 3:24 pm


      How is he doing now? Is he still wobbling? Several years ago, we found 2 brother cats in our backyard, and one had trouble balancing as well. One vet we took him to thought he has CH, but another thought it is another neurological problem. There is no real way to tell. A very expensive MR I might confirm it, but since there is nothing that can be done to help him, it didn’t seem worth spending the money.

      Now three years old, this little guy can’t run or jump like his brother, and he falls over a fair amount, but he is a wonderful, loving cat, who is determined to do everything on his own terms. He won’t let us help him up the stairs or onto the bed at night. He has to do it himself. He drags himself up the stairs, and then pulls himself up onto the bed, and snuggles up with me. He won’t even use the little ramp we put next to the bed for him.

      He does eat about twice as much as his brother (since it takes him so much more energy to get around), but he definitely is worth having around. I’ve never met another cat with as much personality and determination as this guy has.

      So, even if he does wind up having CH or some other type of neurological problem, it’s not the end of the world. He could still have a full, wonderful life. I wouldn’t trade my little guy for anything.

  44. Grace C Barrett permalink
    August 18, 2017 9:32 pm

    We rescued a kitten about 10 weeks ago and for the past couple of weeks I have noticed the head trimmers out of nowhere and he sleeps alot after them granted my husband does not notice the sleeping but I do

  45. Deborah Reese permalink
    April 8, 2018 4:23 pm

    My cat is 15 years old. She has developed head tremors. They don’t seem to bother her but I wonder if she is in pain?

  46. Robin permalink
    July 18, 2018 3:11 am

    My sister and I adopted 2 Siamese/Snowshoe mix female kittens that are now 4 months old (we adopted them when they were 6 or 7 weeks old). Remy has had all the signs of CH the wobble head, balance problems and flopping problems. She had blood work done to rule out other causes but the Vet thinks it is CH. We can not afford the cat scan so we may never know for sure but looking at the video’s in this blog and reading about it in several websites I think this is what she has. She is a very sweet affectionate kitten and we love her and her sister Delilah very much. The condition does affect her being able to jump but does not affect her playing with her sister and sometimes they get really wild and crazy!!!!

  47. Cheryl permalink
    July 18, 2018 11:49 am

    I have a CH cat that will turn 5 years old this week, and he is still doing fine. Our old vet was sure it was CH, but our new vet thinks it might not be. We never did the CT scan either, it’s just too expensive and we figured it didn’t matter, he’s our boy either way, and there is no way to fix it whatever the cause. It sounds like our boy is a little worse than your cat in that he can’t jump up. He pulls himself up onto the couch or into bed. However, he doesn’t seem to care. He can walk and sometimes run, but sometimes he flops over, especially when turning corners, but he just keeps going and pulls himself along with his front legs. He’s a happy, affectionate cat, and that’s what matters. He bosses around his normal brother (a litter mate who is fine), and has a full life. They still get wild and crazy at times, but not like when they were kittens. Enjoy her, she is very special.

  48. August 21, 2018 5:00 am

    Hi, we had 6 cats, one blind, one three legged, and a dog. Cat number 7 is Flump. She has moderate, severe CH so she flops, wobbles and is a bobble head. She does this most of the time, getting worse when concentrating, but is still when asleep. She chirrups at the other cats, plays with them and the dog thinks that Flump is hers, looking after her at all times. I am trying all sorts of things to help her, play carpets, high sided litter trays and a water fountain as she has been ‘swimming’ several times in the dog bowl. It is a learning curve for us both. She is 5 months now and doing well. Cx

  49. Lara Steinbach permalink
    February 12, 2019 7:22 am

    Hello, my name is lara and I currently adopted a cat named lucy that is showing similar symptoms as to ellie. I would like to ask if i could send a short video of lucy per email just for some personal research concerning her overall health.

    I Would be grateful for a response!!

    Thank you

  50. kerri cserfalvi permalink
    February 27, 2019 10:22 am

    My cat is 16 years old and o lu within the last few months has started have a bit of a shakey head only for afew seconds I will contact the vet but any ideas why this has stated ?

  51. August 3, 2019 4:37 pm

    Glad to find this blog And the video. Most ch videos just funny back leg funny walking. Not the head tremors.
    My iris has CH. I’ve been studying her since I rescued her! She walks on her tippy toes, bow legged in the front, has extremely violent dreams and eats like a giant grabber claw. When she’s over simulated, she has body curl to the right, swings her back foot at imaginary air itches and the crazy faced head tremors.
    I’m glad to learn is not progressive.

  52. Anel Zabel permalink
    April 22, 2021 2:51 am

    Glad to find your blog. our cat bobble from birth and now for the last month he his loosing his balance and looks like a drunk when moving around. he is eating very well and have no other problems at the moment. Just feel very sorry for him because of the drunk walking. It doesn’t get better at all but will take him to the vet again. But maybe you can help me to improve his condition. He is 6 months old.

  53. Jerri permalink
    June 6, 2021 9:03 pm

    Hi. Around, I’d say, about a week ago, I noticed that my 11 year old male cat(12 in July of this year, 2021)’s head was shaking/trembling as if he has developed cerebellar hypoplasia. I read that a kitty can only be born with it. Does anyone possibly know anything?:/. He never had done that before. I’ve only seen it happen at least twice now. Thank-you either way; I really appreciate it, and your all’s time.

  54. Eileen J Scheindlinger permalink
    October 4, 2021 3:47 pm

    Just found out today that our cat Leo has CH. I am trying to link a video showing his bobble-head movement to help others who may not be able to identify a head tremor…
    His balance does not seem to be affected much, thank goodness, but infrequently he does miss the litter box or the training pad in front of it.

  55. PAULA KING permalink
    January 2, 2022 9:27 am

    Someone is always dropping cats or kittens off where I live. This seems to be about 3 months old. He has been here for 2 weeks. Came home last night his head is shaking. It looks like his body also. I need your opinion on this PLEASE.

  56. Ksenia Klazura permalink
    August 26, 2022 4:56 pm

    A month ago I got my 1st CH boy. He’s 4 months old amd severe. He doesn’t walk, just flops from side to side.
    His head tremors are almost consistent unless his head is resting on something. What I noticed is when his head isn’t trembling his eyes swim from side to side….both in the same direction. Like he’s focusing than his eyes “wonder away” and he needs to bring them back. I can’t find anything about this anywhere.

  57. Bobbi permalink
    December 2, 2022 5:19 am

    I recently took in a young female cat who has had shaking and neck tremors. I know she was born this way & she doesn’t seem bothered at all. Should I handle her any differently or rage extra care regarding he neck or head? I know she’s fine yet I worry as it appears as if she is in stress somewhat but only on my opinion.

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