This Condition Makes Cats Walk Like They’re A Little Tipsy


The disorder is particularly striking in cats, who some might say are known for their superb balance and grace. But contrary to popular belief, cats don’t always land on their feet.

Walter may have some special needs, but he certainly hasn’t let FCH get in his way, explains Kendra Mara, associate director of Animal Haven Shelter in New York City, Walter’s residence while waiting for his forever home.

“They’re wobbly, they fall over, but it’s not the same sensation that you would have if you felt dizzy,” Mara tells The Dodo. “They don’t feel dizzy, they don’t feel anything uncomfortable. They know falling over and bumping into things as part of their daily life — so for them, it’s not painful, it’s not uncomfortable. It’s just who they are.”