Does clubfoot cause health problems?
My cat I just recently took in has what is called "clubfoot" - what is usually needed to be done for treatment, and does it cause health problems?
Penny Lane is my newest addition to our family - she was living out of the dumpster at our condo complex (abandoned). She was emaciated, with sores all over her, and hardly any hair, with the most horrifying case of ear mites I've ever seen.
I fell in love with her, scooped her up and took her straight into my home, and treated and cleaned her ears for several weeks. Now ear mite free and a healthy weight with a beautiful, soft coat, she seems super healthy and energetic. She has the most awesome personality and is just beautiful.
I, at first, thought perhaps she was born with broken front feet and maybe it grew in that way in adulthood (not knowing about the condition "clubfoot" till just now).
I want her to have the happiest healthiest life - need more info and advice on this condition and what treatments are available.Editor's note:
Thank you for taking in this cat! I appreciate your dedication and concern.
I don't have any personal experience with this condition. I have heard that some kittens born with this disease don't make it to adulthood.
My limited understanding of this condition is that it can have more than one cause, and that kittens are sometimes treated with casts or splints as corrective measures.
I'm not sure what can be done for an adult cat. I believe that the long term health impact will depend, to some degree, upon the severity of the condition.
I have to ask, before we get ahead of ourselves, though... are we certain it's club foot? Did a veterinarian diagnose this kitty? If so, what recommendations did the veterinarian make?
I wish you much luck with her and I'm hoping that others who have experience with this will chime in and give us some perspective.