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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:00 pm 
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September 1st, 2018
Greetings! We brought two Bengal kittens into our household 2.5 weeks ago. Unfortunately, I do believe that the breeder allowed us to collect them a bit too early: Goliath was 7.5 weeks old, and Cleopatra was 6.5 weeks old.
I noticed immediately that Cleopatra had a difficult time walking on her two hind legs, and often wobbled.
A veterinarian gave both kittens a clean bill of health the following day, and told me that Cleopatra showed no signs of neurological damage; she seemed to think that Cleopatra would grow out of her unsteadiness.
Now, almost three weeks later, we are still very concerned about Cleopatra. Although her hind legs seem slightly steadier, her head often shakes from side to side (not unlike someone who has Parkinson's disease.)
We will see the vet again in a couple weeks, but if anyone has knowledge or experience with this kind of situation, please let me know.
Thank you,
Paulina


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:25 pm 
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Hi Paulina and welcome to our great forum. Congratulations on your babies. Yes, your breeder allowed your kittens to leave way too soon. Twelve weeks is the norm. Some kittens are not even completely weaned at 6.5 weeks. As for the issue with one of your kitties, it is very possible there are neurological issues with the kitty. I'm not sure your vet is qualified to do any testing, but there are vet specialists who do neurological tests.

Did your breeder give you a health guarantee? Have you spoken with your breeder about this? Did you visit the cattery before you got your kittens and did you see the kittens before getting them?

I'm sure you've become very attached to Cleopatra and it certainly is not her fault she has this problem. Please continue to consult with your vet and see if there may be a neurologist vet in your area who can explore this further. It could turn out to be very expensive and you'll need to decide if it is worth it to pursue it. I know you want Cleopatra to have as normal a cat life as possible.

Please keep us posted.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:19 pm 
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Paulinaladreyt wrote:
September 1st, 2018
Greetings! We brought two Bengal kittens into our household 2.5 weeks ago. Unfortunately, I do believe that the breeder allowed us to collect them a bit too early: Goliath was 7.5 weeks old, and Cleopatra was 6.5 weeks old.
I noticed immediately that Cleopatra had a difficult time walking on her two hind legs, and often wobbled.
A veterinarian gave both kittens a clean bill of health the following day, and told me that Cleopatra showed no signs of neurological damage; she seemed to think that Cleopatra would grow out of her unsteadiness.
Now, almost three weeks later, we are still very concerned about Cleopatra. Although her hind legs seem slightly steadier, her head often shakes from side to side (not unlike someone who has Parkinson's disease.)
We will see the vet again in a couple weeks, but if anyone has knowledge or experience with this kind of situation, please let me know.
Thank you,
Paulina


Yea, that's really unconscionable what that awful breeder did. Your kittens were only half the age that they should have been when they rehomed. Think about that...

Your description of Cleopatra's problem reminds me a lot of a kitten who was on "My Cat From Hell". That kitten was a panleukopenia survivor, but it left him with some neurological problems like you describe. If you're interested in finding that episode, I believe that cat's name was "Pigpen" (terrible name! ugh).

The odd thing though is your vet saying she was ok, even though you seemed to be able to clearly see a problem. One piece of advice I would give, is to not necessarily feel compelled to go back repeatedly to the same vet if it doesn't feel like they are giving you competent advice or help.

[Edit] was thinking about this some more... one thing that might help is to check this out:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5VvB6 ... WCx7hE0PZA
http://www.kittenlady.org/

Her youtube stuff is what I find of most value. Besides it being a lot of great stories, there are lots of interesting and instructive case studies of taking care of kittens with various problems. The reason why I thought of this was that she recently had a kitten "badger" who didn't have neurological issues, but was just way behind on his physical and mental development, and he too had problems walking for awhile.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:04 pm 
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Because it's not only her walking that is an issue, but her head shakes, proves there is something going on neurologically. A regular vet is no specialist in this regard. I strongly suggest that if she does not improve by the time she is 12 weeks old that you request a referral to a neurological vet specialist. The sooner you can diagnose and treat this, the better.


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