They have a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH)—more about that later. Otherwise, these kittens act like every other kitten you might meet…in fact, I’d say they are more playful and affectionate than most of the hundreds of other kittens that I have fostered. Their sweet disposition and cuddly temperaments make them irresistible.
The kittens love to play with feathers and toys, they love to climb, they love to sit in laps and take naps, they love to play in shoes and to get rough and tumble with each other. They have been in my home as foster kittens, with their mother, since they were about one week old, and have been affectionate and loving since day 1. They are extremely oriented toward human contact and want to be petted, played with and cuddled all the time. My whole family is in love with them.
Valentine and Delilah were born about the middle of April. From an early age they started showing signs of CH. Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a non-progressive, non-contagious neurological condition that results in walking and balance problems. Most often it happens when a pregnant cat is exposed to the distemper vaccine or virus. A kitten born with “CH” has a portion of her cerebellum that is underdeveloped; the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination. CH cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk.
The severity of a kitten’s CH can vary greatly — even among litter mates. While some cats may only have a slightly impacted gait, others may have significant trouble getting around. It’s important to remember that the cat isn’t sick, weak or hurt; she’s simply uncoordinated.
Delilah has a very mild case of CH, while Valentine’s CH is moderate. By herself, you might not notice that Delilah has CH at all….she would probably seem just a little clumsy. Valentine, though, has noticeable head tremors when she is trying to focus (for example, when eating and drinking) and she falls down a lot. Sometimes she falls down when she has just used the litter box, so she needs a little help getting cleaned up. However, both girls have excellent litter box habits.
It is important to know that their CH will not get worse over time…in fact, in some cases, the symptoms can improve as the kittens gain muscle memory. If you want to learn more about CH, here is an excellent website: https://lifewithchcats.com/
Valentine and Delilah will make wonderful pets for the right person or family. They are close playmates and need to be adopted together.
They have tested negative for FIV and FeLV, have been spayed, and are current on vaccines that are appropriate for their age. They have also been micro chipped.
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