CH Kittens

Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a non-progressive non -contagious neurological condition that results in walking and balance problems.  It is caused when the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and co-ordination, is undeveloped at birth. Its growth can be stunted by a number of factors.  Most commonly the mother could have contracted feline Panleukopenia while pregnant or if there was some sort of trauma to the kitten in utero. CH cats are known for the “drunken sailor” walk and that is why they are known as “wobbly cats”

The severity of CH can vary greatly.  Some might only have a slight impact in their walk, others may have significant trouble getting around.  For example my CH cat Molly was a moderate case. She couldn’t climb or jump but was such a determined little soul and did whatever she put her mind to. CH cats are truly little species on their own.  They pick up that they are different but embrace it. 

My family recently lost this gem of our family and we are all feeling the great loss.  She was the sunshine in our lives and made life easier to deal with   I live in Cape Town and have contacted every shelter and not one has a CH kitten or cat for adoption nor do they know what CH is

We have realized what a problem and what a lack of knowledge there is on this condition In our quest to find another CH kitten we have come to the realization that none of them make it.  NONE!! After chatting with people working in shelters they have pretty much told us first that we wont find one and secondly they ALL get put to sleep.  Imagine a kitten that cannot climb or jump it stands NO chance.  We have tried country wide to find a kitten with CH to no avail.  There is a huge following for CH cats overseas but not here due to ignorance of the condition.  I am making it my job to educate people that they are not sick, they aren’t a lot of work, they just need a chance. Please help my family find a new fur child with CH

If my article can save just one CH animal’s life and educate just a handful of people , I will be so grateful.


Vicky Spence

We have been trying to contact Mrs J Van Niekerk to thank her for her generous donation to Cats'9Lives but the cell number given on the Bank form is incorrect.

Become a volunteer

Want to get involved, why not volunteer by becoming one of our foster moms?

We provide the milk, pellets and take kittens in to be homed when they are old enough, but bottle feeding is a most rewarding job as it is so worthwhile to watch their development.

To become a volunteer, please contact us


Cat Trivia:

A female cat may mate with more than one male when she is in heat, so different kittens in a litter may have different fathers.


Market Day

Date: 26 November 2016 10:00
Venue: Waterkloof Animal Hospital

We will have hand made items, White Elephant stall, books , dvds and we are serving a delicious tea....Read more