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In response to our clients needs we have decided to extend our hours again! Starting February 1st we have extended our weekend hours on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 6pm. We hope by doing so we can provide the highest standard of care to our patients.

Your cat has just had a litter of kittens and they are all unbelievably adorable. You are watching them wriggle and play when you start to notice that one of them is moving a little bit strangely. Her back legs are splayed out like those of a frog and she has a funny way of shuffling in a swimming motion rather than standing up properly. What is wrong with your sweet little kitten and how can you and your Staten Island veterinarian help her?

Some kittens are born with a deformity which is called “Swimmer Kitten Syndrome”. This can be caused by the kitten being crowded in the womb and having their hip joints and leg muscles stretched out of place. The muscles and tendons are very weak and haven’t ‘learned’ to move in the right way.

Unfortunately, although Swimmer Kitten Syndrome can be treated, many kittens are taken to the Staten Island veterinarian to be euthanized by their owners because they think that the cat will be permanently deformed. However, with some patience and tender loving care from you and your Staten Island veterinarian you can help your cat recover from this issue and lead a happy, functional life.

How You and Your Staten Island Veterinarian Can Help Your Splayed-Leg Kitten

Your cat has just had a litter of kittens and they are all unbelievably adorable. You are watching them wriggle and play when you start to notice that one of them is moving a little bit strangely. Her back legs are splayed out like those of a frog and she has a funny way of shuffling in a swimming motion rather than standing up properly. What is wrong with your sweet little kitten and how can you and your Staten Island veterinarian help her?<br>Some kittens are born with a deformity which is called “Swimmer Kitten Syndrome”. This can be caused by the kitten being crowded in the womb and having their hip joints and leg muscles stretched out of place. The muscles and tendons are very weak and haven’t ‘learned’ to move in the right way.<br><br>Unfortunately, although Swimmer Kitten Syndrome can be treated, many kittens are taken to the Staten Island veterinarian to be euthanized by their owners because they think that the cat will be permanently deformed. However, with some patience and tender loving care from you and your Staten Island veterinarian you can help your cat recover from this issue and lead a happy, functional life.<br><br><h2>How You and Your Staten Island Veterinarian Can Help Your Splayed-Leg Kitten</h2><br>The trick is to teach the kitten’s legs to stay in the right position, by using a combination of massage, physiotherapy and taping the limbs. Ask your Staten Island veterinarian to show you how to tape the limbs of the kitten in the correct position together underneath their body so that they can stand upright. With the tape around her legs, your kitten will start to move and walk around, strengthening the muscles and tendons that she needs to use her back legs properly. It is important that the limbs are connected to each other so that the kitten cannot splay out her legs.<br><br>You can also help your kitten by warming the back limbs with a heating pad (ask your Staten Island veterinarian where to get one), which will help to loosen the muscles and tendons and allow them to move into the right place. Once the legs have been warmed, perform a gentle massage and stretch them back into the correct position.<br><br>With a little help from you and your Staten Island veterinarian, your splayed-leg kitten can learn to walk normally and have a long and happy life!