Birth Defects in Kittens
Articles describing the unfortunate times when a kitten is born with a congenital problem...
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- * Blood Type Incompatibility In Cats
If you breed a blood type B queen to a blood type A stud, you risk losing the entire litter shortly after birth. Learn why this happens and what you can do to avoid the problem.
- * Cleft Palate in a Newborn Kitten
The most common birth defect in cats is a cleft palate. There are some things you can do to reduce your chances of producing a kitten with this problem.
- * Congenital Birth Defects
Do you know the meaning of "congenital"? Which are the most common birth defects in cats? Do you know what causes congenital defects in kittens? Learn the answers to these questions and more...
- * Degrees of Cleft Palate
Cleft palate is a birth defect that occurs in all breeds of cats. Sometimes it is a minor problem and sometimes it is severe. Photos of newborn kittens show you exactly what to look for.
- * Developmental Accidents
Do you understand the difference between an inheritable mutation and a developmental accident? Learn the answer to this question and much more ...
- * FCK: Part One - An Overview
This is part one in an article about Flat Chested Kitten Syndrome
- * FCK: Part Two - Treatment Options
Part Two about Flat Chested Kitten Syndrome discusses treatment options in detail.
- * Hydrocephalic Kitten
Hydrocephalus occurrs occasionally in cats. It is not common but neither is it rare.
- * Kitten Born With Intestines On The Outside
Even the most experienced breeder can be shocked when a kitten is born with the intestines outside of its body. Do you know what to do should this happen to one of your newborn kittens?
- * Microthalmia/Microphthalmia
If an eye (ophthalmia) does not grow to its full size and is smaller (micro) than it should be, the condition is known as Microthalmia. Learn what causes this condition and what the future may hold for a cat with the problem....
- * Open Fontanelle
Fontanelles are soft spots on a newborn's head which, during birth, enable the bony plates of the skull to flex, allowing the kitten's head to pass through the birth canal.
- * Pectus Excavatum
Often referred to as funnel chest or inverted sternum, Pectus Excavatum is an unusual chest wall deformity sometimes found in kittens.
- * Premature Litter Born With Septicemia
Follow the medical history of a pregnant Bengal queen that gives birth prematurely to a litter of kittens with septicemia.
- * Septicemia
Septicemia is an infection that is seen in kittens under two weeks of age. It is a generalized bacterial infection of a kitten's system that can quickly lead to death.
- * Septicemia In A Newborn Kitten
Follow one breeder's experience in trying to save a litter of kittens with with a suspected case of septicemia...
- * Swimmer Syndrome
Swimmer Syndrome is the name given to a condition in young kittens characterized by the animal's failure to stand or crawl normally. Instead, while remaining in a lying position on its tummy, the kitten moves by paddling its feet out sideways in a swimming motion. Learn how this condition can be corrected if treated early.
- * Umbilical Hernia
The most commom type of hernia in kittens is a congenital umbilical hernia — a hernia at the site of the belly button. This article discusses causes, symptoms, treatment and includes photos of an umbilical hernia and a surgical repair.
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