Susan Little DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Feline Practice)
Tendon Contracture in a Kitten
Tendon contractures are seen in newborn kittens from time to time. The cause is not fully understood. Very often, the hind legs are affected as in these photos of a Korat kitten at a few days of age.
Both hind legs are affected in this kitten, with the right hind leg more severe than the left. This kitten's front legs are completely normal. It was the only affected kitten in the litter.
This photo was taken when the kitten was about 10 days old and beginning to walk. The contracture already appears less severe. As they learn to walk, the defect appears to correct itself fairly quickly.
This final photograph was taken when the kitten was a little over 5 months old. The hind legs are perfectly normal.
Copyright 2000,Susan Little DVM
All photos copyright C. Risberg, except where indicated
Photo copyright Susan Little DVM
Many thanks to Carine Risberg for permission to publish this case history.