Xanthe is a special kitty with feline cerebellar hypoplasia (CH), which makes her tremble and affects her mobility. Yet despite her CH, spirited little Xanthe LOVES to play. She has the best motor function when she is laying on her side, so you can usually find her sparring from that angle with her siblings or a toy. Sometimes, she may even climb a small cat tree!
CH is a non-progressive, non-contagious neurological condition that causes balance issues. CH cats usually wobble or have a funny gait; some cats have a minor imbalance and some are very wobbly! Cats with minor to moderate CH require no special care, or only minor accommodation, like avoiding stairs.
Xanthe is considered CH moderate/severe; she has trouble walking, eats with assistance, and uses a puppy pad instead of a litter box. It's easier for her to move around on padded surfaces, like carpet, so she can use her claws to give her traction and increase her mobility.
Xanthe loves cuddling and playing with her brother, Xenophon, who does not have CH - they have a special bond and complement each other as the perfect pair. We really hope they can be adopted together! Learn about Xenophon here - https://bit.ly/2E5ncuM
Xanthe is a special girl who needs a special human and some extra care. She is a sweetie who deserves a great life. Contact us today to learn more!
Most severe CH kitties cannot walk or stand. Instead, many may flip-flop around. These kitties may have a bit more trouble getting to where they need to go and when, since they have less control over their movements. Some CH kitties have improved with age. Usually this happens if they can exercise, build muscle mass, and move around. Some human guardians have created walkers for them; by slipping them into a harness, they can assist their kitty so they can move around without the fear of falling. This helps severe kitties work on their motor control and slowly build their muscles. Plus, it makes it fun for them and creates an unbreakable bond with their human!
All APA! cats are fully vetted, spayed or neutered, and have updated vaccines and a microchip. Lifetime support is offered by our Cat Behavior Team.
For further information or to meet Xanthe, please email [email protected]