Thursday, March 23, 2017
A Worrisome Weekend (but everything is fine!)
Everything is absolutely a-ok right now, but little Beau gave us a big scare this weekend.
Saturday morning, when I went in to feed the babies their breakfast, everyone came running but Beau. I put their plates down, he slowly climbed out of the basket, then limped over to his dish. I watched him as he ate and it was clear that he didn't want to put any weight on his front right leg. Once he cleaned his plate, Beau slowly hobbled over to the basket, sat down, and held up his limp paw.
I picked him up, felt his paw and leg, but couldn't detect any tenderness, so I tucked him into bed and moved the litter box close to make things easier for him. I wasn't overly concerned at that point. I just thought he must have injured it slightly while wrestling with his siblings, or climbing the kitten cage.
Things didn't improve that day, so Saturday eve, we took a trip to the emergency vet. Doc examined him, didn't think he had a break but thought that maybe there was some bruising or a sprain. He did have a slight fever, but otherwise, everything seemed OK. We left with some pain meds and instructions to keep him contained and alone for the weekend, and to see the Humane Society vet on Monday.
Beau and I came home, I set him up in a larger kitty carrier with all of the necessities, and that's where he spent the night.
The next morning when he came out of the carrier for breakfast, he was still limping. He sat down to eat his breakfast, but this time, he wasn't putting any weight on the left paw, not the right paw like the day before, but his left.
I called the emergency vet, and they advised that we come back for another examination, so we did. We saw a different doctor this visit. She didn't think it was an injury but instead suspected it was Limping Kitten Syndrome -- a reaction to the Calicivirus vaccine he had earlier in the week.
Apparently, this vaccine can cause temporary lameness, stiffness and joint pain -- kind of a transient arthritis.
Doc said to continue with the pain meds and schedule a follow-up appointment with the HS vet. She thought he should return to normal in the next few days.
And he did -- he's 100% fine now. No limping, no weakness, just regular old Beau.
I thought I had seen it all, but that was a new one for me! I've witnessed other sorts of reactions to vaccines, but never Limping Kitten Syndrome! I'm so glad it was temporary and that our boy is all better now!