Back

Get started

Customized by You

Design your pet’s plan in less than 60 seconds.

Organe tabby, special needs cat

Open your home to a special needs pet

Q: Honey, a 1-year-old shelter cat I’ve fallen in love with, has cerebellar hypoplasia, which makes it hard to her to walk and jump, though she can use the litter box without difficulty. Is it wise to adopt a cat with special needs?

A: This week is Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week. If you’ve already given your heart to Honey, then open your home to her, too. You’ll be glad you did.

Special-needs pets return the favor by giving you unconditional love throughout their lives.

Honey’s clumsiness is due to cerebellar hypoplasia (CH), abnormal development of the part of the brain that controls balance and movement. CH results from exposure to the panleukopenia virus before birth or within two weeks after birth.

Clinical signs may include poor coordination, exaggerated movements, head tremors and a broad-based stance. The condition remains stable, neither worsening nor improving through life.

Given their ungainly coordination, cats with CH must live indoors throughout their lives.


Lee Pickett, V.M.D. practices companion animal medicine in Pennsylvania. Contact her at askdrlee@insurefigo.com

Whether it’s through sound or behavior...

Q: Taylor, my 9-year-...

Q: What do I do if my...

More From Figo Blog

Technology has changed almost every aspect...

You may have heard the phrase, “Cats can’t...

Labrador Retriever retrieving a blue frisbee from the yard

One of the best things about owning a dog is...

If you have extra time these days, perhaps...

Pet Professionals: Interview With Kristen Levine Pet Blogger | Figo Pet Insurance

We recently had the opportunity to interview...

woman drinking coffee and holding small cat near

On any given day, between 50 and 70 million...

Puppy crate training in progress

There are many tools I utilize when training...

Pet Humor: The Puppy Parent Struggle | Figo Pet Insurance

Parenting isn't always the easiest job, even...