Fainting Goat Kittens

charlie and spike are two kittens with myotonia congenita, otherwise known as ‘fainting goat’ syndrome. 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. 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


  1. I’m with the side that didn’t enjoy that. It’s obvious that the people filming it were making noises so they could film the kittens having one of their seizures and falling over. It’s like grabbing the crutches from a crippled kid and laughing at the way he falls down. The people filming that are heartless assholes. Those kittens need a proper, peaceful home.

  2. As a cat owner this makes me sad and and as the owner of a cat with a neurological problem it makes me very sad. Rest peacefully Spike. I hope you mommy doesn’t have any more babies.

    Mike before you judge the owners, I took my cat to a specialist when he first started having seizures earlier this year and my vet told me to get one/some on film if I could to show the specialist what was happening to him. I’m lucky enough to live in a city where we have access to feline neurologists, but I could see how for most people the internet would be their only source of information/diagnosis. I even had my videos of my cat’s seizure hosted on youtube for afew days so I could email them to the specialist before our appointment. I felt bad about doing it and didn’t want anyone else to see it, but I felt it was important for his diagnosis. (it was not what you think of when you think of a grand mal seizure… it was very strange and subtle)

    1. Going by the partial description we have above (the bit here on Cyn-C isn’t the entire paragraph that accompanies the video on Youtube) and the fact that they added ironically upbeat music to it, the video did seem insensitive and cruel.

      I went to the actual Youtube link and read the rest of the notation. It sounds like these owners (at least the poster) are in fact saddened by this, exemplified by the fact that they’ve disabled comments from Youtube viewers. It’s still a sad video, and I hope it was done strictly for examination purposes like in your case and not just to get a cheap laugh (The music still seems out of place to me though). I hope your cat is OK too.

      1. Yeah, the editing and the music seems counter to my point, but I’m trying to believe that the video was taken for diagnostic reasons and then edited/posted for educational reasons for other cat owners.

        Binx (who was a friday cat bloggette a year or two ago) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He’s 15 years old and a rare breed so I feel fortunate to have had him this long. Luckily with a low dose of phenobarbitol he’s completely symptom free. In the 8 months he’s been on the pill he’s only had one seizure that we’ve seen. That’s outstanding considering he was having up to 3 each evening when it started – no clue how many while we were at work during the day. This all began mere weeks after we lost his “brother” to kidney failure so it was pretty hard to take.

        His vet and doctor have told us we can expect him to remain well until the tumor gets larger. Life expectancy is 6-12 months so we’ll see how this goes.
        Thanks for your well wishes. He’s a super super awesome cat!

  3. I bet these cats — or their kittens– are going to end up being used in medical experiments, because I’ve seen documentaries about research for human brain issues and they show the fainting dogs and goats — and mention that they are being studied. “Studied” means they get their head cut off and dissected. Hopefully the owners won’t go along with it. Of course, I don’t have a neurological issue. So maybe I’d feel differently. However, I don’t like the idea of other species being used for animal research. But I’m a minority. And a hypocrite because I take drugs — which have been used developed via research on animals.

  4. I teared up from laughing so hard, then your comments made me sad. Life was enough of an emotional roller coaster before myotonia congenita catz.

  5. I have a website and forum for people with myotonia congenita. I was so saddened by the video…I know how much it hurts to fall repeatedly because of this condition and also how frazzled your nervous system gets from being startled constantly. One of the kittens died of respiratory failure. The diaphragm is one of the muscles that is affected by this and I’m sure the constant loud noises that induced the falling took a toll until the kitten could no longer breathe.
    This is blatant cruelty. I see no medical benefit in putting an animal through this to educate others. Kids used to pop balloons next to my ears and shove me to try to get me to fall. They laughed their heads off and thought it was great sport. Now I try to help others recover from the emotional impact of the constant teasing and bullying that we experience growing up with this condition. Every website I’ve seen on the fainting goats says it’s painless…I wish.


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