CH is not a "disease", and it's certainly not a condition that progresses over time. If anything, most CH cats get "better" as they get older because their muscles get stronger and they learn to compensate. Many figure out how to do everything "normal" cats can do, just in their own time in their own ways.
I adopted my little girl when she was a wee little one at 4 months, weighing 2 lbs, tiny compared to her siblings. CH cats sometimes have some developmental challenges, many are smaller than normal cats, but most simply develop at a slower pace and doesn't have real healthy issues related to it. Roxy could barely get herself up when I adopted her, she was the most severely affected one out of the whole litter. It took many months, but now at a little over 1 year old she can take a few steps before falling. It may not seem a lot but for us it's simply amazing
Because Roxy can't really walk, litterbox has been the biggest challenge and needed some creative thinking. We started out with wee wee pad, then tried out a couple of different litterboxes as well as litters. What we ended up with is her own litterbox that is really a small carrier with the door taken out, which provides low entrance (not easy to find in conventional litterboxes!), walls for her to lean onto, and also keep my other cats out. She still mostly pee/poops laying on her side so it's important for me to use the right litter (pelleted so it doesn't stick to her when wet) as well as to keep the box clean all the time. I also have a wee wee pad under/around her box because sometimes she can get into the box with her butt out of it and ends up peeing outside
Other than the challenges with the litter training, I really can't say I had any real trouble with her. Yet she brought me and my family so much joy because everything she did, every wobbly step she took, was such a huge celebration
She is the most amazing, happy, CRAZY, little kitty I've ever met and I love her in ways I can't even explain in words. I knew nothing about CH when I met her and fell in love and thank god I followed my heart despite my anxiety over this "disease" I didn't understand because I can't imagine my life without her
Here's a video of her as a baby with her siblings, taken by her foster mom. She's the little one all the way in the back, later tumbling into the front.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8HZW...eature=related
Here she is recently. This actually looks worse than it actually is, she was a little excited here and when she gets that way she has less control of her movements.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK6ID....blogspot.com/
And for some other cute pictures, Roxy's own blog www.crittersnest.blogspot.com