Skip to main content

Twisted Limbs in Kittens

Twisted Limbs in Kittens

Twisted limbs in kittens is usually caused by a kitten in the womb being in a cramped position, perhaps because there are a lot of another kittens in the womb with her.  Twisted limbs in kittens is usually a developmental cat health problem.


There are many types of twisted and deformed kitten limbs. The problem can affect one limb or two or more limbs. This particular cat health problem can affect any cat anywhere and is not dependent upon cat welfare or cat nutrition. There isn't a particular geographical location where it occurs more the other places.  As mentioned, it appears to be near always about developmental issues in the womb.
Murcy is another sweet kitten with twisted/deformed hind limbs

The positive aspect of twisted limbs in kittens is that, as usual, they cope marvellously well.  In addition, it is possible to rectify this abnormality provided treatment takes place very early on in the kitten's life.  Physiotherapy and massage are two treatments that can help.  The veterinarian might place a splint on the affected leg.  A cat owner should take his/her cat to the vet as soon as possible if she sees this problem.

Very regrettably, sometimes the kitten has to be euthanised because there are not only external deformities but internal ones as well.  Her organs might also be deformed.  But provided the problem is confined to the legs I'm sure that the kitten will cope very well as they always do.  I suppose, that amputation of a deformed leg that cannot be treated is an option because as usual cats live very fruitful lives despite missing a leg or even two!

I am sure that all true cat lovers would be touched emotionally by the sight of a kitten with twisted limbs.  Their vulnerability is both distressing and charming at the same time in a rather peculiar way. I'm sure that caring for a kitten who becomes an adult with twisted limbs is highly rewarding. Caring for a disabled cat always is if you love cats.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Cat Ear Mites

Brown gunge. Yes, I know this is a ferret! It does show the build up of dark brown to black ear wax caused by the presence of the cat ear mites in the outer ear canal. This parasite is not restricted to the domestic cat, which makes this photo valid and a useful illustration (I was unable to find a suitable photo of a cat with the condition). Photo Stacy Lynn Baum under a creative commons license. Ear mites (minute crab like creatures) are one of the causes of inflammation of the outer ear canal (scientific term for this inflammation is Otitis externa ). The outer ear canal is the tube that runs from outside to the ear drum (the pathway for the reception of sound), which can be seen when looking at the ear. Otitis externa affects humans and often swimmers as it is called "swimmer's ear" in humans. This YouTube video show ear mites under a microscope. They are not actually in the ear in this video. There are many possible causes of Otitis externa in c

Feline Mange

I'll write about three types of feline mange (a) feline scabies or head mange (b) demodectic mange and (c) sarcoptic mange. The source material is from Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook - the best on the market . Generalised feline mange? Puerto Rico - Photo by Gotham City Lost And Found Feline Scabies - head mange Head mange or feline scabies, is a fairly rare condition in cats, which is caused by the Notoedres mite (head mite) that only reproduces on cats. The female mites burrow a few millimeters (that is a lot) into the skin around the head, and neck to lay eggs, which hatch and lay their own eggs. Their presence and activities causes intense itching that in turn causes the cat to scratch. The scratching will obviously be noticed and it will cause the skin to become red, scratched and worse infected. Symptoms: hair loss and scabs, thick wrinkled skin and grey/yellow crusts form plus the symptoms of scratching. Feline mange (head mange) is contagious and tr

Cat Anatomy

Cat Anatomy - Photo by Curious Expeditions . The picture above was taken at Wax Anatomical Models at La Specola in Florence, Italy. The photograph is published under a creative commons license kindly granted by the photographer. I am sorry if it is a bit gruesome. It is pretty well all I could find as an illustration that was licensed for publication. Cat Anatomy is a very wide ranging subject. The anatomy of a cat is very similar to human anatomy. If you were writing a biology book for students of biology you would go through every part of the a cat's anatomy in some detail. It would be similar to writing a book about the human anatomy. It would be a thick book and pretty boring for your average internet surfer. So, how do you limit such a big subject and make this post meaningful? The answer I think lies in doing two things: Having a quick general look at cat anatomy - an overview and; Focusing on the areas of cat anatomy that are particular to the cat and of parti