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Old 11-16-07, 11:57 AM   #1
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Anyone know anything about kitten with tremors?

Figured I'd post this here, as there are some knowledgeable cat people here. In the meantime I hope for a more concrete answer. Here's the 2 minute recap.

Looking to be a first time cat owner. Had contacts with a rescue organization and had narrowed the choice down to three kittens. I finally chose two. Did not take them with me as they're too young (9 weeks) still. Now, one of the two selected apparently is having problems.

He's the runt of the litter and still smaller than his siblings (I don't know if size really matters). Apparently he's had tremors since being rescued from the shelter, but according to his foster mom they've lessened significantly as he grew. When I first saw him at 8 weeks old he seemed normal. He didn't run around as much as the other kittens at that time, but walked normally, liked to be pet, etc... The foster mom mentioned the tremors, and if I looked closely I could see a slight tremor. But she also mentioned he's otherwise normal. The tremor seems to occur when he walks, so it's possibly motor skill related. At week 9 I saw him again and didn't notice anything wrong. He seemed fine. In the last week or so he's apparently had some more severe shaking (he's about 10 weeks now). Foster mom even thought it might be seizures if it weren't for his prior tremor history. Weird thing is, even in this troubled week he'll be fine one day, and not so great the next. I noticed he had some eye gunk last week, so there's a possible connection his condition got exacerbated by this. Still, other than recently he's had no real problems despite the tremors.

Anyone know what this might be? He's seemed normal when I see him and none of his litter mates have this problem. The rescue organization is limited in funds, so I'm not sure how concrete an answer they can get. He's been taken to the vet and I hope to hear something soon. But they're worried about giving me a "lemon" of a kitten given the circumstances and think maybe I should switch to another cat (unfortunately, the other finalist I had has since been claimed).
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Old 11-16-07, 05:21 PM   #2
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tremors sounds like a good name.
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Old 11-16-07, 07:50 PM   #3
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the eye gunk is most likely just an eye infection a lot of kittens get- all our rescue cats had it, it's treated with a cheapo erythromycin ointment (under $10).
As for tremors- he needs to be checked out by the vet, if he's underweight and a runt it could possibly be weak muscles. It could also be related to nervous system.
I hope he's ok!
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Old 11-16-07, 07:52 PM   #4
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hmmm.. it probably senses that dave is near
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Old 11-17-07, 01:04 AM   #5
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The vet thinks it might be cerebellar hypoplasia, although from wht I've seen it looks nothing like the videos on youtube. The tremors have generally been small, and I've never seen him just fall over.

Maybe his size is a factor. His weight is only 1 pound, and he's pretty close to 10 weeks old (although that's an estimate).
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Old 11-17-07, 09:27 AM   #6
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There are milder versions of that, they just don't make it onto youtube. If the condition is mild, he may "grow out of it". They don't really grow out of it, they adapt to it, and you can't really tell any more that they have a problem.
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Old 11-17-07, 01:14 PM   #7
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Anyone know anything about kitten with tremors?

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