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Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta, Veterinarian
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Experience:  25 years of experience in large and small animal medicine.
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Poorly 14 week kitten

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Hi, my kitten has been poorly the last day or so. He's very lethargic and when has been lay down for a while struggles to get up at all and lift his back end. He's usually
charging around the the house with his brother they are 14 weeks old. He was off his food but had a bit last night. His eyes look very glazed over and he's just sleeping now I'm really worried about him. He's looking a lot better in himself but is still struggling with back leg movement I'm not sure if he's injured but he's not crying When he moves
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 4 years ago.

Good Morning and welcome to Just answer. I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

From what you have described, it appears that Benny has injured himself at some point in time while running anf playing. This is not unusual for young kittens as they race around. Since Benny has trouble with his rear end, this could be a fractured pelvis and this is treated with 1-2 weeks of cage rest and, since he is so young, they will heal on their own. It is best to have your vet xray Benny to be sure this is an injury that does not require surgery. They will prescribe an anti inflammatory medication ot help Benny through this.

In the meantime, make sure that he is eating and drinking...if he is not , give him a dose of Nutrical every 4-6 hrs. This is a high calorie supplement available at the pet store and this will give Benny the nutrients he needs to get past this.

Does that make sense to you?

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