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Blind and deaf kitten

Tabitha WeilerTabitha Weiler Millers CreekMember Posts: 45 ✭✭
A few weeks ago I was brought a roughly 3 week old kitten (Buddy)abandoned by the semi-feral mom. After less than a week, it was clear to me that something wasn't quite right. I was brought a litter of 3 kittens whose mom had not been seen in over a day in an area known for coyotes. They are about 1 week younger than Buddy. The litter are typical, playful kittens who run wild exploring the room and have no problem following me around or coming when called. I have now had Buddy to 2 different vet offices and both agree he is blind and deaf and that is probably why his mom dumped him in the rain at only 3 weeks old. I have him confined to the master bedroom by way of a board across the door. The other kittens have free run but he makes no effort to climb. A couple of my former mom cats tend to stay in the room with him and groom him and cuddle him. Other than the blind/deaf, both vets say he is reasonably healthy, just a little small. I'm feeding him a calorie booster daily, in addition to the wet kitten food and he enjoys nabbing some of my senior cat's extra gravy wet food. One problem I'm finding with him is being dirty. He has to dunk his face into the food to find it and so he gets filthy. Vet said since he is small, no more than 2x per week to get him wet as in a bath. I'm trying baby wipes after feeding but he's still getting so much gunk in his fur, he's a bit bald around his mouth. Same with his feet due to the litter box. He is a sweet boy and curls into my hand or body when I get close and I already have a small harness. My biggest concern right now is how best to keep him clean enough his fur doesn't get pulled out when the former mommas groom him.
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