Helping a Very Special Kitten Who Can't Walk (...YET!)

Aug 30, 2019
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Apple is a 3.5 week old kitten with swimmer syndrome, which causes her back legs to splay outwards from her body and prevents her from being able to walk properly. In this video, watch as I figure out how best to help her through trial and error...
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    Kitten LadyKitten LadyYear ago
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      Ñåtàlie GãmįñgÑåtàlie GãmįñgDay ago
    • Just bought your new book! Also, used to have a kitty named Apple!

      Dapplestorm_cats_rule MeowDapplestorm_cats_rule Meow2 months ago
    • Kitten Lady i have a Kitty and a 2 year old there rilly cute

      Dmitrijs Meiksans MYPDmitrijs Meiksans MYP2 months ago
    • Kitten Lady it looks like a Oreo cookie 🍪 so cute❤️

      Kathryn’s violinKathryn’s violin2 months ago
    • @Kitten Lady Is there anything on swimmers in your book? I just got a swimmer kitten and am lost. If not, do you have a link to ant swimmer resources?

      Chitsuki ReyChitsuki Rey3 months ago
  • That kitten is so cute and dawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

    Cherry icecreamCherry icecream3 days ago
  • I love how Tuxies always have that cute pink belly. My fat boy is 5 now, and still has that belly

    Danii DecayDanii Decay4 days ago
  • Hey kitten lady I'm so worried I wish I could see coco

    joel gersonjoel gerson5 days ago
  • 🍎♥️🍎♥️🍎

    Sensual ASMRSensual ASMR12 days ago
  • Apple looks a LOT LIKE my cat Milo but he is a boy and he has one foot and two palls

    Ta OsTa Os13 days ago
  • Sambhavna Seth entertainment

    sorashi biswassorashi biswas16 days ago
  • i was looking at her or he i forgot if it a he or she but first i did think any thing was wrong

    nguyen thi thu phuongnguyen thi thu phuong17 days ago
  • I come from your nightmares

    Jorge KittenJorge Kitten19 days ago
  • because of this video, now my kitten can walk normally, thank you so much.. big regards from indonesia

    Akhmad Faisal RakhmanAkhmad Faisal Rakhman26 days ago
  • I'm crying she is sooo cute!

    Billie eilish nr2Billie eilish nr2Month ago
  • She doesn't have pants she has a skirt!!!!!!

    NaviiDrawzzNaviiDrawzzMonth ago
  • Oh no! Where'd her pants go! Keep your pants on you little nasty!

    NaviiDrawzzNaviiDrawzzMonth ago
  • Too cute!!!! 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺❤❤❤❤❤

    NaviiDrawzzNaviiDrawzzMonth ago
  • Ckthndwgn sorry my cat typed that

    ʕ •ᴥ•ʔbad Girlʕ •ᴥ•ʔʕ •ᴥ•ʔbad Girlʕ •ᴥ•ʔMonth ago
  • Türkçesi de gelebilirim plase

    meryem sommeryem somMonth ago
  • I love you ! You sqve so many kitties ! Without being selfish

    lil siren gamerlil siren gamerMonth ago
  • She’s so cute x 🐱💖💖💖

    Honey comb AsmrHoney comb AsmrMonth ago
  • 😻🌺💕

    antonia anagnostakiantonia anagnostakiMonth ago
  • If cutnes was an animal if would be this cat she so cute I hope she gets better soon ♥🌸

    cookie_uWu mehcookie_uWu mehMonth ago
  • Your a saint but she never needed to walk like chole

    Christie MarieChristie MarieMonth ago
  • Apple is so cute.

    Anthony JosephAnthony JosephMonth ago
  • *Sees cat* cute *sees Apple * AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

    Cookie CakeCookie CakeMonth ago
  • 7:05 That focused face is awesome. Total houndini kitten! So cute. 1:38 you're explaining her condition and Apple is totally focused on the bottle. 🤣

    Lothar SoranLothar SoranMonth ago
  • and i have something like this its hip displacia my hips are not attached to le bone and they fixed it :D

    Valerie BarberValerie BarberMonth ago
  • Miss, how can you be the BEST USworldsR :OOOOO the cute little kittens are happy always because of u :3

    Valerie BarberValerie BarberMonth ago
  • How many kitten's did you have?

    black catblack catMonth ago
  • Sploot syndrome

    Ella The Cat LoverElla The Cat LoverMonth ago
  • I love how you were frustrated, but never at Apple! (For slipping out of the pants)

    CatfoodCatfoodMonth ago
  • Why the HELL ppl unlike this she is helping a kitty....👉👈

    Its time for ArtIts time for ArtMonth ago

    Valerie GalvezValerie GalvezMonth ago
  • my cat gave birth two two kitties one week ago, one is very small. he had folded toes which i have since massaged and stretched back into place, but the bigger cat's legs are straightening out while the small one's are not. i know he is significantly smaller so he is behind in terms of growth so far, but i'm wondering is there anything i can do this early that will help get a head start on the process incase my small kitten has swimmer syndrome? i currently have been tucking his legs under like you do, but i'm not sure if he is ready for anything else. thanks in advance!!

    Madison MotzMadison Motz2 months ago
  • Did that kitten sit in a W

    Alien ArtsAlien Arts2 months ago
  • Nooo Apple Are You Okay I Hope You Will Be Okay With Your Poor Legs also im obsessed with cute kitty cats so cute

    Chriszha Kate WilfordChriszha Kate Wilford2 months ago
  • Hey I AM DESPERATE. Im very worried about my kitten! I think might die. He is 4 weeks old and he has swimmer syndrome. I’ve been doing the bandages and his walking has improved but I noticed he can’t properly go to the bathroom. His belly is very large and his genitals are very large and swollen. I’ve tried to help his belly by giving him warm baths regularly. I moisturized and tried to keep his gebit als clean a lot but nothing has changed. His belly is still very large and he randomly has “leaks “ of poop while he walks or plays with his brothers. Their mother stopped feeding or caring for them pretty much. She has been running away from them for the past week and a half. She just wants food so I have to feed them kitten formula ( they also eat solid food sometimes ) I don’t know how to help him. I googled some stuff and most ended in surgeries but they were mainly on mature cats, haven’t seen anything abiut kittens so maybe vets don’t give them chances. Can anyone give me advice? He is a very loving guy that loves cuddles, he follows me around the house and loves to be tucked and take long naps after his baths. I think he deserves to live and I am willing to try everything but I am running out of ideas.

    AlexandraAlexandra2 months ago
  • She looks just like my kitten! :)

    ꨄCaitHasSto̷ppedꨄꨄCaitHasSto̷ppedꨄ2 months ago
  • That thing is so freaking cute

    Ashley NicolulisAshley Nicolulis2 months ago
  • i love cat's

    Aubree WoolardAubree Woolard2 months ago
  • i missed my baby brother's birth day he is 2 years old

    Aubree WoolardAubree Woolard2 months ago
  • I had a new born kitten smaller then that one but he was very weak He diedn😣

    its me Adeenaits me Adeena2 months ago
  • 😀

    Sophia PoulinSophia Poulin2 months ago
  • I just finished the video with Crabapple, and I'm happy to see his sister's video!

    BelleBelle2 months ago
  • This made me laugh so hard8:23

    Potato_ Cuddles1019Potato_ Cuddles10192 months ago
  • I laughed so hard when she said this 9:34

    Potato_ Cuddles1019Potato_ Cuddles10192 months ago
  • Apple is literally the cutest kitten in the whole entire world also sorry I’m trying not to offend you potato(my kitten)

    Potato_ Cuddles1019Potato_ Cuddles10192 months ago
  • IS IT JUST ME OR DOES HANNAH HAVE ROSE GOLD HAIR!?back to the point ADORABLE.well maybe he could be a kitty swim teacher XD I'm trying to find kittens with no mom or no homes on the street that need help BUT I CAN'T SEEM TO FIND ANY XD THAT'S DEFFINETLY A LIKE FOR THIS VIDEOOO

    nnue5nyetj t e urbaniknnue5nyetj t e urbanik2 months ago
  • Wow 😍😍😻😻😻

    Ali NavaalAli Navaal2 months ago

    Carrie GeorgesCarrie Georges2 months ago
  • 2:08 She’s looking up at other cat like “You have normal legs”

    IzukuIzuku2 months ago
  • I have a kitty with swimmer's but she was too old to fix when I got her (or at least the vet said it would require surgery and would be painful). However she gets around just fine anyway - it looks funny but she doesn't care. She is now 14 years old and not slowing down.

    perkytxgirlperkytxgirl2 months ago
  • This is the place for wholesome content TwT

    SashaAndStormSashaAndStorm2 months ago
  • the happy part that she almost getting into walking at ending

    Milagros suarez chavezMilagros suarez chavez2 months ago
  • she looks so jealous of the black kitten🥺

    Jena BJena B2 months ago
  • Laughed sooooo much when she got out of her leggings! I know I should after all the effort, 😂

    L NL N2 months ago
  • 7:37

  • name a kitten Lavender ! like my cat ! she is like her name

    Lee NovakLee Novak2 months ago
  • She has a condition called cute

    Shae BarbinShae Barbin2 months ago
  • Hi I am taking care of 31 cats and their kittens with no help, I am doing good yet I need some help BC l have kittens @ 12 and need some assistance to talking care of them

    Nimue ChanceNimue Chance2 months ago
  • Apple is the master of the ULTIMATE SPLOOT! Not that a sploot should be permanent...

    Normal'sWayOverratedNormal'sWayOverrated2 months ago
  • I am eating an apple right now I’m not even joking it’s a red one

    Sama PlayzSama Playz2 months ago
  • Thank u so much kitten lady u educated me on this condition and I figured out what was wrong with !y friends cat he had swimmer syndrome.

    JICoatsworthJICoatsworth2 months ago
  • "Plié-se get me out of this" Me in school

    Mew Mew ARMYMew Mew ARMY2 months ago
  • I work at a vet clinic and long story short ended up fostering a little swimmer kitten. It’s kind of terrifying and very frustrating wrapping them and being responsible for such a fragile bean. I’ve already noticed an improvement using medical tape hobbles over the course of a couple days. It’s all worth it when he starts running around and I can barely keep up :).

    TE STE S2 months ago
  • She a babay

    Shaila WalshShaila Walsh2 months ago
  • I loved you kitten lady :)

    Mike RamesarMike Ramesar2 months ago
  • I have a kitten who looks like Apple, like his fur patterns are exactly like Apple’s. But he instead has development issues. At almost 4 months he still looks like he’s 6 weeks old

    Taken with The BaconTaken with The Bacon2 months ago
  • Nice work

    Rajeswari RRajeswari R3 months ago
  • 😉😉😉😉

    Daniel YouTube Daniel gravando vídeo do PK XDDaniel YouTube Daniel gravando vídeo do PK XD3 months ago
  • Hi! You probably won't see this but I just want to thank you for this video. My cat gave birth to 3 kittens last June and I noticed on the 3rd week that while the other two could walk and run just fine, the other one was dragging her hind legs around. I searched what this condition was and found this video. I immediately began the daily exercises but couldn't do the corrective tying of the legs as I had no tools on hand and the pandemic has had me quarantined since March (still haven't left my house since). Although I didn't tape her hind legs like you did, I religiously did the hind leg exercises several times a day. She's 2 months old now and while her gait is noticeably different, she can run and walk just fine like her sisters. She's so energetic and is the most mischievous and playful out of them 3. They're now adopted and rehoused and she's doing amazing. Thank you so much for this video!

    downthispathdownthispath3 months ago
  • Is this kitten able to walk properly??I m keen to know cuz one of my kitten hind legs have same condition like this cute kitten.

    s Wss Ws3 months ago
  • My cat has this I've taped his legs and it's like he won't even try to move he just crys I put him next to his food dish and he won't even try to pull him self to it it's like he dont want to try to do anything he was moving around alot better literally 5 days ago what do I do it's sad to see ide like to help him but I fear I'm prolly going to have to have him put down and he won't even go in his litter box he just goes on him self its stressful hes 5 weeks old but I'm at my whits end any advice I've tried everything

    Dusty weldyDusty weldy3 months ago
  • Awww, so cute!! ...all of you, not just the kitten!

    TJTJ3 months ago
  • Love the video. She is making progress so fast!!!

    Denis RussoDenis Russo3 months ago
  • Thank you soooooo much for this incredible video. My cat gave birth to a litter of 7 two weeks ago. Destiny was born with its intestines out & passed away a couple of hours after birth. Dharma was born w/swimmers legs. I started exercises with her. Going to start taping. She's the biggest of the litter. I know she's going to do well. I've been taking care of animals sense I was a child. I'm going to make a video of her progress. Thanks.🤗

    KristieKristie3 months ago
  • She is so cut😢😢😢😢

    nikkita pearsnikkita pears3 months ago
  • When you put the vet thing on she looked like she had socks and a diaper on XD

    Xplosion_ Bro123Xplosion_ Bro1233 months ago
  • Awwwwwwwwwwwww they are so cute awwwwwwwwwww i wish i had alot of kittens but my mom will not let me

    Laura GranthamLaura Grantham3 months ago
  • One of my kittens are big the other one is small

    Laura GranthamLaura Grantham3 months ago
  • Wow only two days you saw a difference 😍 One of my kittens in the litter has this going on. I’m going to try this ASAP! Thank you for all your informative videos 🥰

    Tiah AndreaTiah Andrea3 months ago
  • I tried some exercise for my kitty with the syndrome, and he shitted on my hand. :)

    Kimmy FoxworthKimmy Foxworth3 months ago
  • Maybe the family has frog genes 🤔🙂😅

    Kexy GlamrockKexy Glamrock3 months ago
  • I just got a new kitten and I think hes 2 weeks and when I got him we thought he had swimmer sydrome. We don't know yet but I really hope he doesn't have it

    Space CatSpace Cat3 months ago
    • praying for u gurl xx

      Erin SherwoodErin Sherwood3 months ago
  • Apple is sooooo cute i hope she will walk normally soon!

    LeahJade_PlayzLeahJade_Playz3 months ago
  • Im sooo happy you could help apple!!! She os so cute

    LeahJade_PlayzLeahJade_Playz3 months ago
  • Can I get one of your kittens because they’re so cute🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

    Craig AndersonCraig Anderson4 months ago
  • I Just watched the Update and I laugh so hard...didn't that hurt? I mean she jumped right into your face

    Lena LovegoodLena Lovegood4 months ago
  • I hope you know how much your videos mean to us. It’s my first experience with a swimmer’s syndrome kitten and it just broke my heart thinking about the life this kitten was missing out on. Your video inspired a lot of hope and stubbornness by breaking down the treatment process and making it seem manageable. So thank you for that.

    Shelby GilsonShelby Gilson4 months ago
  • I LOVETuxedo cats❤️😻😺😸she is adorable❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Denise CarterDenise Carter4 months ago
  • Tape the legs together from the hips on down to the feet and then leave the feet uncovered so that the kitten can walk by it's self

    iolet mcfarlandiolet mcfarland4 months ago
  • Just like babies vaccinated and have injuries. I think they are too young, too many at once, some just can't handle the load. Vaccines although sometimes necessary, have a lot of toxic preservatives in them. its the vaccine gamble. sad but true.

    Kerri FrancesKerri Frances4 months ago
  • My sweet baby

    noorzia kochinoorzia kochi4 months ago
  • Si no anda eutanasia......

    Carmen MartinezCarmen Martinez4 months ago
  • I recently took in a cat which was pregnant, I was unaware until we had had her for 3 weeks, she gave birth when we had had her for 6 weeks and 5 days so quite unexpected. The previous owner had never brought Nala to the vets so we don't know much about her. She gave birth to 4 kittens one died during the night. She is a very attentive mum cat and very protective. We absolutely adore the fact we have kittens and want to do everything just right. My daughter who is 7 is learning a lot and we have got some very useful info from kitten lady's channel. If you want to see our Nala and her new born kittens then look at the videos on my channel. At the moment the mummy took the kittens behind the drop curtains in the lounge and they seem comfortable xx

    Lou HossLou Hoss4 months ago
  • 1. It’s my birthday cool 2. *me being a swimmer*

    Theron SpatzTheron Spatz4 months ago
  • omg thats amazing. Thank you cat mama.

    Ayy Khay TAyy Khay T4 months ago
  • She sounds scared!

    Sharyl SteelSharyl Steel4 months ago
  • I have a kitten with the same problem. Great job Kitten Lady, thanks !!!

    Melvin SerranoMelvin Serrano4 months ago
  • So cuuuuuute :)) Such a fighter! I wonder, would making a pair of dungarees instead of pants have helped with keeping them on?

    Gee JGee J4 months ago
  • I was also born with legs similarly and the doctors taped my legs when i was a baby too

    Alex MaiaAlex Maia4 months ago
  • “Plié-se get me out of this” WHEN I TELL YOU I DIEDDDDDDDDD

    Victoria SimondaleVictoria Simondale4 months ago