My lovely Black cat MayDay gave birth to four gorgeous little black and white babies a couple of days before christmas.
They are all nearly identical all with white feet and all with same facial markings but around their neck they have varying patches of white so we can
tell the difference between them.
Mayday is a great mother to them but we found out she may have a problem, one person has suggested cancer but I think its a wound from a tooth in a
cat fight. She has a bleeding growth on her ear thats been there about six to eight weeks that we know of. I clean it and put antiseptic on but it
still weeps. I am mentioning the wound on her because that is her only health issue. Shes a slim cat and about 8 to 9 months old. She was around two
months old when I got her on 1st of May, hence the name Mayday
Anyhows the problem. he kitten back legs are sprawled like a frogs and they drag themselves along. They are not paralysed, they seem to manage to dig
the claws in and push their way along on their bellies. its the same with all of them. If I tuck their legs underneath them, they flop right out to
the side again. The front legs seem fine. They are up on them and walking on them but they drag the back legs and cannot get off the belly. I'd like
to think that they are too well fed to get the bellies off the ground but I having a feeling somethings wrong. As a matter of fact the day they were
born I noticed it but thought that it would fix itself as they grew stronger.
I have had kittens before and can't remember this problem happening to them at all. I am rather devastated because i realise if they are "cripple"
they will probably have to be put down.
Their mother accepted them and loves them dearly which makes me wonder because i know cats usually let sick or deformed babies die. Its like they have
no hip joint or something to keep the legs together and under them.
Has anyone got an idea of what this is thats made their legs splayed out? Is it a deformity? Is it common? What could cause it? Has it got a name? Is
it a defiency? Has anyone seen anything like this before? is there anything I can do to help them? Or am I just worried for nothing and they will get
the back legs working too? The front legs have been used properly for two weeks now.
Maydays mum lives next door and shes a British blue. She is fine and so is Mayday. I've seen the black and white culprit that is the father and he is
not in a wheelchair so he is fine too?
I am worried as I love my cat and her babies dearly and don't want to have them put down but if they can never walk on their back legs they wont find
homes and I could only keep one myself and I really think if they dragged along on their bellies all their life they would get infections and other
*I knew she spent to much time in my crop circle,
she rolls in it and eats the grass and plays like the circles full of catnip....
[edit on 14-1-2006 by Mayet]