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Old June 2nd, 2008, 06:16 AM
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Kitten problems! *Important*

I'm working on doing TNR and fixing all the mommys outback as you know. I've gotten ALL the males that BELONG outside, but stupid neighbors throw their cats out or let them roam. I am dealing with THREE litters right now and I am doing the best I can.

Kitten Number One:
7 weeks, weaned, eating drinking and playing. Orange Tabby.

Problem: Diarrhea, keeps getting poop stuck to his butt, swollen belly, keeps scooting his butt on the carpet or on his bedding, can't seem to hold his poop, butt looks swollen

Otherwise healthy. His 3 litter mates were already adopted out no problem.


Kitten Number Two:
2-3 weeks old, nursing, it and it's litter mates appear to be in fairly decent health. This is the litter that was in my cat hating neighbors yard if I said anything about that to you all. I finally got to get them out and take a look at them. There are 5 total; feral-ish.

Problem: Runt. Underdeveloped back legs, cramped and dangling. Can not support him. When I moved him out of my mean neighbors yard and put them into my nice neighbors yard, I wanted to see if he could walk, but they are not working and he drags them and lays on his belly to crawl.

Needs a wheelchair. Otherwise healthy.

This kitten was crammed into the same spot and it looks like he just never got the chance to move his hind legs. Is there a cure for this, or does he just need to get a wheelchair?

I'm NOT sending him to the shelter because of this problem. They might not have the resources to help him and he could get overlooked and end up sitting in a cage forever, or put down because they think he's suffering. I personally don't think he is, because he was crawling all over the place and nursing and his mommy was cleaning him.

What do I do to make sure he can get a wheelchair if this is incurable? Want to make sure poor crippled kitty can have a good life if he's not suffering.

*There is no inbreeding*

Thanks everyone. I'm waiting for the shelters around here to return my phone calls to see if they can help me out ^_^ Just need to ask here until then.
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 06:52 AM
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Perhaps kitty #1 has worms or some sort of parasite. If his belly is swollen, it sounds like he might have worms, and you'd probably need to take him to a vet to get some medication.

As for the poor little guy with the bad legs, maybe if you tried some physical therapy on him? Will they let you hold them? I'd take him to a vet too and make sure his little legs aren't broken. Perhaps his muscles just didn't have a chance to develop at the same rate as the others. If he's the runt he might have been pushed to one side early on. Helping him get some movement and exercise might help.
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 07:16 AM
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I agree with ancient girl. These kitties need to see a vet.

The first one does sound like a parasite of some sort, so even a fecal sample brought to the vet for analysis would be OK.

The second one is still quite young and their muscles and coordination are still developing so a vet may be able to suggest some physical therapy to help it along.
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 07:29 AM
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I just found Kitten Number Two yesterday after my nice neighbor told my mean neighbor to stop being mean and let us take care of the cats.

Kitten Number One also seems to be having discomfort in his rear legs. Nothing too serious, sort of like AHH my butt hurts kind of a wiggle.

Still waiting for people to call me back. Arghhh.

Kitten Number One is really annoying me though because I have to keep it in the crate and it won't shut up. I let it out but then it wanted to scoot on the floor and I am terrified it's going to get my cats sick, so it needs to be kept separate for now. It just keeps screaming ahhhhh I'm going to go insane with all these cats.
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 07:59 AM
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claen thier butts a very liitle kitten shampoo or very mild unscented soap and a wash rag and somwe tissue first step is to get it clean

make sure it sa all warm and you wrap kit up so he she cant move

anyone got some links on how do to this?
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 05:57 PM
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I agree with seeing a vet.
Kitten one: parasites, such as coccidia, would be high on my list. Bacterial or viral enteritis would also be a concern.
Kitten two: I agree with not taking it to a shelter. That would likely be a death sentence. It is hard to evaluate without seeing. Perhaps your veterinarian can give a prognosis. There are many special needs cats that do live very full lives though. Best of luck
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