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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-13-2005, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Kitten with spina bifida

I am fostering a kitten since yesterday (she's about 6 wks old) that has been diagnosed as having spina bifida. There is no opening to the spine, but she isn't able to use her back legs. If I stand her up and hold her tail lightly, she seems to stand, although her hocks tip inward. If I pinch between her toes, she can feel it and will jerk her foot and object. She seems to be able to move her legs under certain conditions. She pees and poops, but I don't know how much control she has, if any.

I tried looking for this condition online, and I might as well be trying to find instructions on flying by flapping my arms.

She's quite a happy kitten, eats and drinks well, demands attention, purrs, pulls herself around, plays with a pingpong ball.

My questions:
Since she does feel pain in her feet, does this mean there's enough nerve sensation there to ever have a possibility of walking?

And is there any kind of physical therapy that might help a kitten like this improve?

Are you aware of any websites on this condition in cats, other than an old post by Dr. Mike?

Thanks for any info!

Sue
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-13-2005, 03:46 AM
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I don't know much about the condition, but I don't expect she will have a very good quality of life from the sounds of it. Is it a neurological condition? Nerve cells are one of the only ones in the body that don't regenerate, but I'll try and remember to find out something today.
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I asked the vet today, and she said the true extent of the condition will not be known until the kitten starts to mature. The condition does not improve, but does not usually deteriorate either. It is treated and even corrected in humans, but she has never treated an animal long term with the condition. It basically means the spinal processes do not fit together normally, causing deformity and nerve damage.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-13-2005, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks, Guys! This was a quickie, last-minute thing, and I went into it without much information. I couldn't find anything (even for humans) that indicated there was anything that could be done, but was hoping.

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