|Purred: Sat Sep 24, '11 7:09pm PST |
I have recently taken in a disabled kitten, named Micki, about 5-6 weeks old (don't have a page or pic of him up on catster yet, but he's a cutie).
His back legs are malformed - he can move them, but he cannot stand on them. His front legs seem to be all right, and he pulls himself around using them. His stomach and back legs drag when he crawls, but he does use his toes to help propel himself a little bit.
He is mostly eating canned food - he had no interest in the bottle, though he did drink formula from a dish. Our biggest problem right now is that he has diarrhea. I am not sure yet if he is incontinent, but it's very likely. The diarrhea is irritating his legs - I bathe him usually twice a day to help but he's getting angry and impatient with that!
I have another special needs girl who has some control, but she cannot close her anus completely. When she had diarrhea it was a nightmare. Feeding her a raw diet fixed that almost immediately. So I am hopeful a raw diet will get his poop solid and we can get the irritation stopped.
So after all of that... my question is if he is too young to start feeding a raw diet - if he'll eat it. I've never fed it to one this little.
Also - this is OT for this forum - but if anyone has advice on diapering a kitten this small... would you message me? I still need to protect his tummy and little... er, pee pee... as he crawls around.
Thanks in advance...!
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