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    Posted: 14 Nov 2011 at 8:07am
I have a premie male kitten who I believe has Wobbly Kitten syndrome. When he was 2 days old he jumped out of my daughters hand and hit his head on the concrete floor. He was born on 9/11 and I am still having to bottle feed him. He will eat canned cat food (pate style). I tried putting some kitten formula in a small bowl for him to drink but all he did was get it up his nose. I don't think he knows how to lap milk or water up. He pees/poop everywhere even tho I lowered the litter box so he could walk into it. He is the sweetest kitten, but I don't have the time to care for him 24/7. I have read so many articles on line I'm confused weather to continue and find him a home where someone can take care of him 24/7 or put him down. has anyone else had to deal with something like this? 
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He probably at that young age didn't jump out of your daughter's lap, he probably just fell. He could have neurological damage from hitting is head on the concrete- was he taken to a vet after the fall? You say he is a preemie, but you give no age? What you are decribing about not being able to lap milk, peeing and pooping all over the place pretty much sums up any kitten younger than 6 weeks of age.
 
Where are you located? It would help to know the town, and state so that I can look on my list and see if I know anyone close enough to you to help you out. Wobbly kitten usually starts from a distemper exposure. It is the end result of a young kitten who has been either exposed to the disease or to some sort of trauma early on. Certainly falling off your daughter's lap and ending up on a concrete store qualifies for trauma.
 
If the kitty has a wobbly gait, there are a few factors to consider; he could have a bad inner ear infection- does he have ear mites? Is he constantly shaking his head or scratching his head? 
 
After such a hard fall, he could have a concussion, a blood clot or just edema on the brain. He could have bruised his brain. Wobbly kittens generally (in my experience- I have cared for two of them) they stand strangely. Their legs are far apart- their head is usually down- they rest their head on the ground quite often to balance themselves. They don't "get" the litter pan, they can't navagate over the sides- try using a drain pan for a gas heater as a litter pan. That seems to work the best.
 
He could just have low blood sugar and a few shots of clear Karo syrup several times a day would help him out. But again, you give no age so there isn't much to go on here.
 
Sounds like you might just be giving up on this kitten which is quite unfortunate, especially because of the circumstances, but I am fully aware that wobby kittens require a lot of care and TLC. But at the very least, this kitten should go see a feline specialist if one is in your area and then you should decide what to do from there.
 
 
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Beamer was born on 9/11. When he was 2 days old he literally jumped out of my daughters hand onto the concrete floor. I was there. My friend who is a VET Tech said that Mama kitty probably had gotten preggo at two different times and the 2 premies where probably born 3 wks early because of that. One didn't survive. He walks with a high stepping gait but then will topple over and it takes him a few moments to get back up. I have been bottle feeding him kitten formula and goats milk with added Kitten Vitamins. I'm not giving up on him, I work during the day and since he cant eat on his own I worry how he will survive. My friend takes him during the day but she also works. I tried yesterday to see if he could lap milk out of a bowl,but all he did was get it up is nose and sneeze then kept toppling over into the bowl. So, I went back to bottle feeding him. I've put the formula mixed with canned cat pate and he tries to eat and does get some food into his mouth, but he looks like he is just pecking at it like a bird. I live in DeBary FL.
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Have you tried just giving him meat baby food? Chicken or turkey? Just put some on your finger, then put some in his mouth. If he eats it, offer him some in the baby food jar lid and see if he takes it- otherwise he would take a bath in it.  I wasn't criticizing you in my reply- just seeking more information- if I upset you it wasn't my intention.  I do know some people in Florida let me send some feelers out and see if I get any hits-
 
 
Have you tried contacting this organization?  http://www.journeysendsanctuary.org/
 
 
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