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Is it just my cat or does anybody else's cat wobble when he/she walks?
post #2 of 16
Wobble? Like wavering? Moving clumsily from side to side? I don't think my cats do that.
But their rolly polly tummies tend to swing side to side.
post #3 of 16
Could you give a more detailed description of the "wobbling"? Is it, as Yayi said, tummy fat that swings side to side when the cat walks? Or is your cat actually having difficulty with balance? Is it something that just started or has it always been that way?
post #4 of 16
I have seen cats who are very wobbly from birth, we call it wobbly bobbly syndrome and although there is a technical name for it i can't remember what it is. This syndrome is the result of distemper, and usually means the mother cat passed this syndrome on to her young and that the mom may have been sick with or a carrier of distemper when she was pregnant, although i'm not sure if I'm getting all these details correct.

It shows up as a rear leg issue, it sometimes gets a bit better over time, rarely goes away completely, and isn't dangerous.

If anyone can remind me of the real name of this syndrome please speak up, thanks.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by KTLynn
Could you give a more detailed description of the "wobbling"? Is it, as Yayi said, tummy fat that swings side to side when the cat walks? Or is your cat actually having difficulty with balance? Is it something that just started or has it always been that way?
It could be a symptom of a very serious problem!
post #6 of 16
Only wobbly cat I know of has vestibular disease.
post #7 of 16
Mine aren't wobbly per se, however, Paige walks like a hooker.. she has a serious sway going on, lol
post #8 of 16
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Well like when he walks his butt goes from side to side slowly it makes me laugh its so cute its kinda hard to describe though.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by stephenq
I have seen cats who are very wobbly from birth, we call it wobbly bobbly syndrome and although there is a technical name for it i can't remember what it is. This syndrome is the result of distemper, and usually means the mother cat passed this syndrome on to her young and that the mom may have been sick with or a carrier of distemper when she was pregnant, although i'm not sure if I'm getting all these details correct.

It shows up as a rear leg issue, it sometimes gets a bit better over time, rarely goes away completely, and isn't dangerous.

If anyone can remind me of the real name of this syndrome please speak up, thanks.
It's called ataxia.

Click HERE to read more about it.

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Originally Posted by Arlyn
Only wobbly cat I know of has vestibular disease.
My Annie has a vestibular disease. She's doing pretty well with it. How's the cat you know handling it?
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by STLGRL5
Well like when he walks his butt goes from side to side slowly it makes me laugh its so cute its kinda hard to describe though.
Ah, the "cat walk"!
post #11 of 16
Well, he and his sister both had it, she didn't make it.
Snickers though is a fighter, he can't run or jump, and if he doesn't take his time, he falls alot, but he's living a fairly normal life. He walkks pretty stiff legged.
He eats, sleeps, plays, uses the catbox and dotes on all the baby kitties.


Sounds like STLGRL5 is describing the kitty strut though
post #12 of 16
CJandBIlly
THANK YOU!
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by stephenq
CJandBIlly
THANK YOU!
No problem.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by STLGRL5
Is it just my cat or does anybody else's cat wobble when he/she walks?
You haven't given enough information to truly answer this question.

First, what is the age and health status of your cat? Does he/she appear to be weak when walking or in pain? Is he/she particularly old or anemic or have arthritis (sp?) or having a medical problem which could cause low potassium levels?

It could be your cat's normal walk, or above factors (and others) could contribute to the wobbling. Please let us know.

Barb Amalfi
post #15 of 16
How wobbly are we talking?

Cerebellar hypoplasia is the first thing I think of but these cats have a pretty distinctive walk (sort of like a horse) and head tremors as well. Plus only the most mildly affected can coordinate their muscles well enough to jump. They're healthy cats but their disability is pretty obvious. So it doesn't sound like that's what your cat has.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by semiferal
How wobbly are we talking?

Cerebellar hypoplasia is the first thing I think of but these cats have a pretty distinctive walk (sort of like a horse) and head tremors as well. Plus only the most mildly affected can coordinate their muscles well enough to jump. They're healthy cats but their disability is pretty obvious. So it doesn't sound like that's what your cat has.
YOu seem to know a lot about CH. Can you tell me more? We think Mirah has either CH, Cerebullar Ataxia, or Sensory Ataxia. I've done research on it, and learned a lot, but, I'm still not sure. Have you seen a cat with CH? What are the symptoms?
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