charlie and spike are two kittens with myotonia congenita, otherwise known as 'fainting goat' syndrome. at the slightest sound or movement, the kittens respond by collapsing and falling into a rigid paralysis which lasts about a minute before they return to normal.If a pin drops they drop too. This condition has hardly ever before been diagnosed in a cat, is rarely found in dogs and is more common in goats. The kittens are able to walk, but they cannot run or jump. aside from this they are normal.
Sad to report that the black and white kitten (spike) died on 27th october from respiratory failure. thanks for all the kind messages. comments enabled once again as duplicate videos are appearing. this is the original
Sunday 31/10 - I'm devastated to report that Charlie (tabby cat ) died in my arms last night. we are in a state of shock and disbelief at this. During the short time we had them, both Charlie and Spike touched our lives in a way that we never expected. We had a plan for treatment with drugs, approved by the Royal Veterinary College at Potters Bar, but there was a worry that any side effects might be fatal while the boys were so small. We were due to start on monday. I had prepared a second film which I have now posted to youtube dedicated to their memory. thanks again for all the kind comments you have posted. Ed & Becky x
10/11 Its now over a week since we lost the kittens and we have decided to disable comments permanently as it feels like the right time. thank you for the thousands of good will messages, we have been blown away by the reaction.
On Saturday, July 24th, 2010, the most epic thing that happened, didn't happen.
I want to open a kitten ranch. Hundreds of kittens wandering around a field all day and having a giant barn to sleep in. I would drive every therapist out of business, because it's impossible to be depressed or have overwhelming problems while lying down in a field covered in little kittens. And then once they're old enough, send them off to families.