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my kitten is crippled

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My kitten has crippled legs. He looks like he is swimming when he walks or runs. what can be done?I found him and his 2 healthy sisters in my yard and trapped the feral mother cat. I have her and them in my bathroom wating for the kittens to be weaned- they are eatting now so it is time to get the mother fixed and released. But I can't afford to keep the crippled cat.
Please tell me what you think it is. and about how much it costs to fix. Then I will advertise for some one to adopt him.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Excellent job on catching the feral mom and breaking the cycle of feral life for the kittens!
Problem with asking on the net for prices of 'fixing' something like this is how much costs for vet care vary area to area and how much a physical exam is needed to provide the information on what must be done.
You can check here to see if the problem with the legs stems from any of these common congenital problems in cats http://www.messybeast.com/freak-limbs.htm
You might ask the vet who is going to spay the feral cat to give you an idea of what is wrong with the kitten.
Might be that there is nothing that can be done to fix it and you just need to find a home that can handle having a cat that moves oddly.
Could also be that this isn't totally a let problem but is problem in the brain called cerebellar hyperplasia. This is a defect in the brain of young kittens that results in a loss of fine-motor coordination. Affected kittens have trouble walking and maintaining their balance. There is no cure for this problem. The kittens can grow up and live good lives they just will be clumsy seeming.
If care for the kitten is above what you can handle you could see if www.imom.com could help.
Good luck with the kitten!

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