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FCK

Trish Allearz

Moderator
Okay, Per- lay it on me... I want to know more about FCK. I think one of my babies has it- but he's 4 weeks old and had no issues growing (he is the biggest of the babies) and is thriving. BUT his ribcage feels a bit off in my hands (wider then normal?) and I noticed a small dip in his spine behind his shoulder blades this past week. This is a third time repeat breeding of the same stud x queen- never had this issue before. Looking it up online, there isn't too much information that isn't just regurgitated- same ol, same ol- so I thought I'd pick the vet's mind!
 

Trish Allearz

Moderator
Figure I'd add- should I splint him if he is having no apparent issues? He is sleeping on his side from time to time, he is toddling around... I don't want to add to the problem by being too proactive.
 

Wyldthingz

Savannah Super Cat
Figure I'd add- should I splint him if he is having no apparent issues? He is sleeping on his side from time to time, he is toddling around... I don't want to add to the problem by being too proactive.

I have had them. I really believe it can be taurine related in mild cases. The ones I have had were not consistent. I feed Taste of the Wild and raw but if I don't boost the taurine during gestation, I may have one. The first one I had I didn't know how she would do and I gave her to a friend. By 12 weeks, it was not even noticeable. She is doing fine 3 years later- that was the worst one and from a stud that tended to throw FCK. The other 2 were of different crosses and were very mild. Did not effect the health of the cat at all and was not noticable at 12 weeks. I wouldn't keep one for breeding obviously, but as a pet there was no problem. Depends on how sever it is so you would have to have the vet evaluate severity. From what I have heard, the legs are out to the side and their heart is compressed as they age in more serious cases.
 
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