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Wobbly kitten who can’t keep her balance is looking for a loving home


Brollita has a condition that makes her unsteady on her feet (Picture: Mayhew Animal Home)

Do you have space in your home and your heart for Brollita, a very special little kitten?

Brollita has cerebellar hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that causes her to shake on her paws and lose her balance. The condition is also known as wobbly cat syndrome, because it makes cats, well, wobbly.

Brollita was taken into Mayhew Animal Home after being found abandoned in Wormwood Scrubs.

When animal welfare officer Tania Mazzoni went to collect the kitten, she noticed she was shaky and unstable on her feet. During her intake examination Brollita kept falling down.

The tremors didn’t seem to be caused by nerves or feeling too cold, so Mayhew’s vets took blood samples and kept little Brollita in the hospital ward to monitor her condition.

The blood test results ruled out multiple possible causes for the tremors, leaving vets to conclude that Brollita’s symptoms were the result of cerebellar hypoplasia – a genetic neurological condition in which the cerebellum (the part of the brain responsible for motor movements, balance, spatial awareness and coordination) is small and underdeveloped.

That’s why Brollita is shaky and unsteady on her feet.

The condition isn’t degenerative, so won’t become worse over time, but there’s no cure. Instead Brollita will need a home where she can have a little extra support and care.

She’s looking for a home with an owner who can give her the care she needs (Picture: Mayhew Animal Home)

She will need a little help to eat and drink, and her owner will need to keep a close eye on her as she plays to make sure she doesn’t accidentally hurt herself.

When Brollita first arrived at the shelter, she had difficulty drinking as her head tremors would cause water to splash on her face, which scared her.

The cattery team patiently supported her until she got used to the movement, and vets gave her IV fluids until she could drink a sufficient amount of water independently.

If that could be you, get in touch with the Mayhew (Picture: Mayhew Animal Home)

The team also mashed Brollita’s food up which made it easier for her to eat, and encouraged her to play and interact with staff to get her used to being on her feet.

Brollita is now super affectionate and loves to play with her feather mouse. Regular socialising is making her become a lovely kitty who just wants affection and care.

She’s now neutered, vaccinated, and ready to find a forever home.

She loves to play… and is extremely cute (Picture: Mayhew Animal Home)

Could you be the one?

Ideally Brollita needs an owner who will be around for most of the day, who’s happy to give her any extra care she needs, and who has a secure, enclosed garden for her to play in. She could also live in a large indoor-only home.

If you think you could give Brollita the loving home she needs and deserves, get in touch with the Mayhew through their website.

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