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5624800 tn?1371656178

Head/Spine damage in kittens

Two days ago one of my older cats tipped over a mirror that was leaning against my wall and it landed on one of my foster kittens (4 weeks old). I believe he was either in shock, or having a seizure after it happened that lasted for about 15-20 minutes. The whole night he wouldn't move much, or open his eyes. He responded to touch, and he purred only when I held him close.

He sucked down his milk from his bottle really well. A few hours later I noticed his neck was bent to the left and he didn't want it any other way. When I put him down, he went into circles until he fell asleep. Now it's a a couple days later and he straightened out his neck, and he is walking normally but I'm afraid that he may still have something wrong with his head or spine ( It was a heavy mirror ). I'm also afraid he may be deaf or blind now because he won't really come to me, and when I put him with his siblings he tries to hide, and looks awfully confused.

I already spent over 300 dollers on a check-up and probiotics for the 6 orphan kittens, I really don't want to spend another big amount unless it's extremely necessary. Is there any ways you can tell that your kitten has brain or spine damage?   Currently he's walking, eating, and purring.
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874521 tn?1424116797
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hi....I replied to your question that you put at the end of another thread I guess you didn't see that. I will copy and paste what I replied...that was before I knew this poor little guy is an orphan and you are bottle feeding him...read what I posted than if you have more questions we can help with keep posting at the end of this same thread so it doesn't get lost....:)

PLEASE DO NOT TRY AND STRAIGHTEN kitty's neck.....its not a physical problem he is having..its a brain injury and went one side of the brain is injured he doesn't know how to hold his head straight..or walk straight, just like a human having a stroke....if you had taken him in for treatment the Vet would have prescribed a medication to help take the swelling off his brain..

usually this will improve over time as long as he is still eating/nursing and able to evacuate his bowels and bladder ok....

the sight and hearing USUALLY improve as well, depends on if the damage is temporary due to swelling or if there is permanent brain damage, only time will tell.

wishing you and baby kitty the very best....please don't manipulate his neck ever, this could cause permanent paralysis...
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5624800 tn?1371656178
Right i'm sorry, I'm 17 years old and a stray cat who came around my house had the kittens, and left them for me I guess. I've had them since they were shy of 2 weeks so I'm learning, and I never thought something like this would happen. I feel awful, but like I said his neck is fine now he can wobble and climb. The last time he pooped his acually during the time he was having the seizure, The blankets I had him on over night had a wet spot, but when I smelt it , it didn't smell like pee, and It was a light blanket and had no yellow stain on it. Not sure if he has been peeing or not. The other kittens don't need to be stimulated after eating, but I continue to stimulate him incase..
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874521 tn?1424116797
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well you are doing a fantastic job honey....good for you for caring for these little ones so well. unfortunately sometimes no matter how careful we are accidents happen.
I am hoping all will turn out ok in time, as long as he keeps eating and you are stimulating him to pee and poop, the wet spot was probably very dilute urine..so thats good.
I hope the seizures won't continue, did he just have the one?
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242912 tn?1402543492
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Hi Becca...could also have been just drool.  I had a kitty with a head injury, and she drooled some.  There have been many success stories here with head injuries, Becca, so try to stay positive, honey.  You are doing a Great job!  

Praying for the very best outcome~
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5624800 tn?1371656178
Thankyou :)  I really hope so too, I have a hard time to fall asleep at night since it happened. I don't want to wake up and see that he didn't make it. Okay I feel a little better, I just hope he can go back to being his outgoing playful self soon. No his last seizure was when the mirror fell on him. Unless he had one while I was sleeping, I never witnessed one since then.
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5624800 tn?1371656178
I kind of assumed that it may be drool, but it was alot. So I wasn't sure and haven't actually seen him drool. Thankyou for praying :) It means alot to me and to my little kitten. If he makes it, I'm definitely going to keep this little fighter:)
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