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Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian
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I'm writing because I recently took in 2 very young kittens

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Hi, I'm writing because I recently took in 2 very young kittens from a man my husband works with who said that the mother cat "ran away" I don't know if there's truth to that, but the kittens were only 3 weeks old and desperately needed care, so I have been bottle feeding them with KMR. They have been to the vet to be treated for constipation and I was informed they were healthy aside from being constipated, which is now under control.
They are now 4 weeks old and have been very healthy and active and playful. However, today while I was in the shower, my father in law accidentally shut the door on one of them, (he said he didn't close the door hard but that she got closed in it from the neck down) her neck seems fine and she is moving her head and back legs without trouble, but what I'm worried about is that she now seems "paralyzed"in her front legs.
She doesn't seem in pain at all, even when I was touching the limbs to feel for anything that felt out of place she didn't flinch or cry out at all. She has been scooting around like a seal, using her back legs to move her, while her front legs just lay out to the side or beneath her. She was still trying to play immediately after the injury, and her appetite is still very good, but as the day has gone on she is seeming to want to sleep a lot more and isn't trying to move around like she was earlier. I don't get paid for a week and can't find a vet willing to see her without an initial fee, so I am at a loss. Is there anything i can do at home? Should I try a splint? Should I
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.
First, I have to say that I am truly worried about Purrscilla. If she cannot feel any pain nor move her forelegs, then we'd be worried about nerve or spinal damage here. And in that case, a splint would be of no use (as it would for a broken bone). Instead, the mainstay of care would be steroids to reduce the nerve inflammation and give her a chance to regain function.
Now it is unfortunate that the local vets cannot help (either via Care Credit or a payment plan). Still I do want to offer some possible avenues to get Purrscilla some help in her time of need. First, I would note that both VCA + Banfield offer a free 1st consult offer that may be an option here. You can find their vouchers @:
VCA (Voucher: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer) or
Banfield (Voucher: http://www.banfield.com/landing-pages/coupon?)
As well, the Humane Society (http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html)and ASPCA (https://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/financial-help-my-vet-bills) both have good databases of charities that could help you get the care she needs as quickly as possible.
Please take care,
Dr. B.