Sometimes a kitten has a birth defect such as brain damage, missing limbs, cerebral palsy, anophthalmia (missing eyes), cleft palate or other congenital malformation. In cases like these, it is best to consult with a vet who will do a full assessment and may recommend the kitten be euthanized to avoid ongoing suffering.
Remember – consult your vet about anything that concerns you about your kitten. Don’t wait for things to get complicated.
Fading Kitten Syndrome
Fading Kitten Syndrome (FKS) can strike out of the blue and take a kitten quickly. You will see the kitten start to lose weight, no longer have interest in food, become lethargic and before you know it, the kitten has died. No one is really clear why this happens. Many veterinarians call it the feline world equivalent to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Nothing you have done has caused it, and sadly, there is nothing you can do to prevent it.