Meet Finnegan, Fergus and Gemma. They were born a little different. The kittens have cerebellar hypoplasia, which makes them wobbly when they walk, but that doesn't stand in their way from living a full and happy life.
Cerebellar hypoplasia is a disorder found in cats and dogs in which the cerebellum is not completely mature at birth. It causes jerky movements, tremors and generally uncoordinated motion. Our vet has explained that they will have cerebellar hypoplasia for life, but their movement and coordination will improve as they get bigger. In just the short time that we've had them, we can already see a difference.
The kittens aren't in any pain, and don't even seem to notice they're "different." They play, love and have fun just like other kittens their age.
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Update 12/23: Fergus and Finnegan have been adopted! Finnegan now lives in Danbury and Fergus lives in Newtown. Gemma continues to get stronger every day in our foster program , and we look forward to sharing a Gemma update with you in the New Year.
Update 2/23: Gemma Update! We wanted to share this wonderful update on Gemma with you. Gemma has the most pronounced case of cerebellar hypoplasia. When we first met her, she could barely take a step. Her body was stiff and unsteady. Our veterinarian explained that Gemma would grow stronger over time, and her doctor was absolutely right. Thanks to her amazing foster mom (thank you, Mindy!) and her extraordinary adopter, Gemma is so much stronger today. We just love happy endings!
Original Video of Fergus, Finnegan and Gemma