I need advise on how to care for a kitty with hydrocephalus

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    Lorena
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    My name is Lorena and on June 30 I found 3 new born kittens behind my application in a construction cite. They were crying really loud I know they are new born because 5they still had the umbilical cord. I took them In wiped them down with a cloth and put them in a heating pad,we got kitten formula and bottles, but I noticed one of the kitties head was cone shaped and his head dropped allot, he was foaming a bit so I kept education him lose to me. They made it thru the night so the next day I took them to the vet, and found out he has hydrocephalus. The girls are OK. My question is does he need special attention. They are doing okay growing strong every day. What can I do to make his life better, oh and by the way I am keeping him his name is Artem, the girls are Remi and Blackie.
    I would really appreciate any advice someone may have.
    Thank you in advance for any little help I get

    #860775

    Kittyzee
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    #860776

    Kittyzee
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    I didn’t realize you had two posts. I answered you in the one post and forgot to put the link in that I mentioned. I posted it for you above. Sorry!

    #860777

    Kittyzee
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    Hydrocephalus – ever a good prognosis?

    I also found a previous thread here on TDK when someone wrote in with the same problem! Good luck and keep us posted!!

    #860782

    pussigato
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    I bumped this our TDKer, Buttons, who has experience with special needs kits. She’ll check in tomorrow morning.

    #860946

    Buttons
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    I’m so very sorry Lorena I had every intention of checking in with you yesterday but had one of those days :(…

    Firstly I want to thank you for saving these little kittens and offering a home to a special needs cat <3 ..

    We happen to have 4 special needs cats.. one has Neuro issues which effect his balance .. it’s a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia .. in some cases Hydrocephalis can cause similar balance issues especially if the build up of pressure compresses the cerebellum so if this little one ever shows signs of sudden onset balance issues or his balance is a little off and gets dramatically worse it’s a sign the pressure is build up in that area of the brain.. I’m sure your vet explained exactly what the condition is and some of the effects the condition has on a cats.. there are different grades of Hydrocephalis.. some more sever that others and most requiring emergency brain surgery at some stage or another.. Mild cases can live relatively long normal lives and it’s always important to be very vigilant for any even tiny changes in the cat behaviour.. releasing pressure on the brain by draining fluid off the brain is one common surgery preformed if a Hydrocephalic cat hits a crisis…
    One other thing to watch out for is bad weather… any up coming storms in your area… Hydro cats cat suffer a crisis if the pressure in the air is altered by an oncoming storm if they are going to have a crisis it will normally happen then..

    Also he is quite young and small still if he’s 5 weeks old .. his skull could possibly grow at a different rate to his brain so be prepared for and watch out for any seizures… I know it all sounds scary but if your prepared for a crisis and have an emergency plan of action (your emergency vets phone number and discuss possible emergency calls at any time of day or night) then If anything does occur your better prepared to help him and speed is everything with Hydrocephalis. If you feel he goes down hill, has a sudden onset of loss of balance, a seizure or begins to act unusually like crying a lot of if he stops eat or has trouble swallowing ( that is another sign) something is after happening and he needs immediate attention.
    I would also discuss with your vet in advance a payment plan for possible future treatments it puts your mind at ease if an emergency should occur…
    I wish you all the best going forward and I pray it is a mild case of hydropecalis..

    If you ever need to talk please feel free to PM me on our FB page I’ll be sure to see any Pm’s there relatively quickly ..

    https://www.facebook.com/buttonslegacy/

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 1 week ago by  Buttons.
    #861026

    Lorena
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    Thank you so much for this little peace of mind. Artem that is his name is actually doing pretty good he is pushing himself in his bed pretty good and eating good, Blackie and Remy are simply growing nicely. They are all drinking around 1 to 1 1/2 Oz of milk. He loves to he held and I am very careful with is head. To be honest I was a bit scared since Artem is my first special needs cat. I have 3 beautiful cats of my own. I have already spoken to the vet and I will have more test done on him when he gets older. But for now they are just being loved and spoiled.

    #861041

    pussigato
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    It makes my heart swell hearing how much you care for the kits also that your willing to dedicate your time and love on wee Artem. Thank you
    PG

    #861067

    Lorena
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    I have a question, how can I post pics of my kitties so I can give you guys a visual of the progress of my babies. New to all of this so I can’t seem to figure out how to post pics

    #861073

    pussigato
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    Most of us use photobucket.com. It’s free to set up an account. Once you’re ready to post a picture, use the “img” button above. When window opens, erase the “http:” and paste your links.

    #861378

    Lorena
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