Meet Little Boo, or Boo, for short. I could go on and on about how sweet this boy is, but I don't want to turn this into a guilt-trip. I wish it was easier to explain what happened to this kitten...
One afternoon we had family over to the house, who brought their new dog, hence we decided to keep Boo in the only bedroom downstairs away from the unfamiliar dog. Little Boo wasn't checked on too constantly because he was over 8 weeks old at the time and seemed to handle being alone fairly well. Sometime during the evening, after we let the kitten out to roam the house as usual, we noticed something odd. Boo gradually appeared to have no control of balance and his head constantly bobbed, he couldn't keep still when attempting to focus on something. Other symptoms were excessive drowsiness, abnormal eye movements, etc. This kitten was at the age where he could climb up low-seated couches and chairs. With this symptom, he cannot climb, let alone fall, safely anymore. Wobbly kitten syndrome, also known as "fading kitten syndrome", can be lethal if the cause is neurological or vestibular. It may already be permanent. If the cause was ataxia, an infection, or metabolic problems, I think we would have already noticed partial recovery or recieved a successful diagnosis.
I suspect Boo either took a fall resulting in head damage or perhaps he found a pill in the bedroom he was in. My older sister has Cerebral Palsy and has medications scattered throughout her room. I wouldn't be surprised to find a lost pill of Diazepam or etc on the bedroom floor. Boo is my little sister's kitten and his most recent trips to the vet have devastated her. My sister is 13 years old. Our goal is to have $2,700 within the next 3 months to be able to afford a X-Ray and MRI Scan and then move forward from there! With these scans we will be able to determine a cause and solution for Little Boo. The other dilemma is, our parents refuse to pay the medical bills for these scans. I'm a Sophomore at UNC Charlotte and can't afford this with the part-time job I'm working. Nor can my sister, who is too young. We appreciate all the support we can get! Thank you!