Today's appointment went wonderfully! I took the kitten to Charleston Veterinary Referral Center,and Dr. Balara saw her, he said even if we did nothing...she would do well!
Of course, we are going to do something. At eight weeks of age we will start bandaging her legs. We will alternate front vs back legs, for 3 - 4 weeks at a time This will help align and support her limbs as well as encourage proper growth. Right now, her limbs are more cartilaginous than anything, and we can rotate them into a more normal position. As "physical therapy", Dr. Balara said to move her legs into proper position, it won't hurt her and may help now. She won't be normal, not by any means...but we can make life easier for her, and she will get around just fine. Dr. Balara said if surgery is needed, it won't be until MONTHS down the line. He however is VERY optimistic about her. She is a strong little kitten...now all she needs is a name!
We have some potential names-
- Todd suggested "Marie" after Marie Curie, because when she purrs it sounds like a Geiger Counter,
- My Dad suggested "Willow" because she is the color of a Pussy Willow, and she is so soft
- People at work suggested "Flipper", and when I said she was a Princess and needs a dignified name, it became "Princess Flipper"
|She enjoys sleeping in my hand like this :)|
|She would SCREAM at me if I tried to move her from this position!|