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Our kitten is 7 weeks old today I noticed she keeps walking

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Our kitten is 7 weeks old today I noticed she keeps walking to one side and her back legs will collapse suddenly what can be causing tus
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Coco. There are a number of considerations in such a kitten...

1) An overall weakness as would be seen with profound anemia. Please check her gums and tongue. They should be nicely pink...not whitish (anemia).

2) Cerebellar hypoplasia. This describes a poorly developed cerebellum - one of the parts of the brain controlling balance. Cerebellar hypoplasia usually arises if the kitten's mother was exposed to the panleukopenia virus while pregnant with Coco.

3) Another birth defect in the brain - hydrocephalus ("water on the brain"), e.g.

4) Infection in her central nervous system as seen with toxoplasmosis or the FIP virus.

Please have Coco's vet take a look a Coco. A thorough physical exam is the first step in clarifying why Coco is symptomatic in that manner. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

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