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New Arrival: Rebecca Paddlington

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New arrival at BCWR today. This is 4 weeks old “Rebecca Paddlington”.

Little Paddlington is one of a litter of kittens and has a severe birth defect known commonly as ” swimmers syndrome “.The kitten has a frog-like posture, with the hips jutting out to the side of the body and the feet facing sideways, rather than placed underneath the body. Kittens with swimmer syndrome find it difficult or impossible to stand and walk. While most literature suggests that swimmer syndrome is more common in puppies, this is simply not true. Many kittens are born with swimmer syndrome, but they are very commonly euthanised. Whilst this is a severe genetic condition in some cases with physio and splinting it can improve.