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Do kittens show neurological symptoms from malnutrition?

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Do kittens show neurological symptoms from malnutrition?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.


I am so sorry Maverick is not feeling wel.

Bless you for saving him!

It sounds like he has a potassium deficiency called hypokalema.

It causes muscle weakness and tremors.

The vet can give him a potassium supplement.

In the meantime sprinkle some salt substitute on his food.

Please let me know how he is doing. I hope he feels better very soon.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Even though his bun and creatine and potassium were normal Thursday he could have hypokalemia. Did you receive my other info about treating for 3 weeks for UTI. Oral and injection antibiotics and iv fluids. Thurs his temps were down also. I'm feeding him purina critical care a/d food. Does that have higher potassium supplements? I believe it's high in protein.
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

He may also have a vestibular disorder. It is similar to our motion sickness and upsets the equilibrium

A/D critical care is higher in protein but not potassium.

Both of those disorders are completely treatable. He could have low potassium from being malnourished.

I would try a quarter tsp of salt substitute on his food.

A below normal temp leads to inappetence. Normal for a cat is 100 - 102.5

Please let me know what is happening with him.

Please reply with any more questions or if you prefer we can speak on the phone

Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Maverick. How is everything going?