Charlie (the striped one) and Spike (the tuxedo cat) have myotonia congenita, also known as fainting goat syndrome. The genetic disorder can affect many animals (including humans) but is most common in goats and very rare in cats. As the video below shows:
At the slightest sound, the kittens respond by collapsing and falling into a rigid paralysis, which lasts about a minute before they return to normal. The kittens are able to walk, but they cannot run or jump. Aside from this they are normal. [Arbroath]
Normal and freakin’ adorable. I haven’t dawwwed this much at a sad kitty video since I saw Charley, the cat with cerebellar hypoplasia. There isn’t a cure for their condition, but earlier this week the cats started a medication regimen (that hasn’t been tried on cats before) at the Royal Veterinary College to try to get their symptoms under control. The drug has worked on goats, but, as my kindergarten teacher once told me, “Cats aren’t goats you f–king idiot.”
UPDATE: Get ready to bake some frownies. The tuxedo cat (Spike) succombed to respiratory failure earlier today. I has a sad. R.I.P. Mister Spike H. Ledger. . . . too soon?
UPDATE 2: Of course there’s a