The physical characteristics and behavior abnormalities of “Down syndrome cats” are an indication of a different disorder, and it may not be genetic in its origin.
The appearance and behaviour of these cats can result from a variety of issues, such as neurological diseases, infections as well as congenital disorders and trauma. Cats who are infected from birth by the panleukopenia virus are susceptible to developing a number of the behavior and physical symptoms. Furthermore, some cats have cerebellar hypoplasia which can trigger some of the behavior and characteristics of “Down syndrome cats.”
Cats that have mothers who have been exposed to certain toxic substances can have a variety of congenital abnormalities that affect facial structure as well as the nervous system. Furthermore, injury to the head or face especially at a young age, could result in permanent neurological damage as well as facial injuries that appear to have occurred from the time of birth.
Expectations for Special Needs Cats
If your cat displays physical or behavioral issues it could be”special needs” or “special needs cat.” Cats with special needs often exhibit various traits that may appear similar to, to an uninitiated person, the characteristics of Down syndrome however, cats do not really develop the condition.
Special pets with special needs require special attention. Their owners need to be extra careful to shield their pets from the dangers such as steps and pools as well as predators, as well as other dangers that they are vulnerable to. They might require assistance in performing the basics (cleaning themselves drinking and eating and drinking, etc.) or even navigating their lives without hearing loss or vision.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure to involve your vet as an Ally. Cats that require special treatment should know about the entire range of medical options.