Question by  Nik707 (20)

What can you tell me about fading kitten syndrome?

I had a kitten die from this and the vet did not explain it to me.


Answer by  Mrscmrn (1449)

Fading kitten syndrome is just a term to describe death of a kitten up to 12 weeks of age without stating the underlying cause. Causes can be intrauteral, birth or early life. Most causes are birth defects. Sometimes the blood type of kitten is different than mother causing death.


Answer by  Duncan (1124)

"Fading Kitten Syndrome" is just a catch-all term for kittens that don't make it past the first few weeks of life. It essentially means that cause of death is indeterminate, because it likely results from an in-utero complication that was not diagnosed at the time. About 20-40% of kittens die in the first weeks of life. Sorry for your loss.


Answer by  b841b (66)

20-40% of kittens under 12 weeks die from this. Cause can be from birth defects, malnutrition, parasites, also if the mother wasn't fed a proper diet while pregnant.


Answer by  aussiegirl (711)

Fading Kitten Syndrome can be from many things. The kitten starts of weak then gets weaker, and you unfortunatly know the result. It can be from birth defects, parasites (such as worms or fleas), chills (new borns loose heat very quickly), injured during the birthing process or just from the mothers malnutrition.


Answer by  Tracy15 (821)

It occurs in about 20% to 40% of kittens. It can develop in the womb, during birth or even while the kittens are nursing. The cause could be a defect that you can either see or not see. My family all ways called it failure to thrive it happens which is very sad.

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