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Treatment is surgical repair of the defect. Surgical correction is usually postponed until 3-4 months of age, if possible. More than one surgery is often necessary for complete closure of the opening in the palate.
Kittens with cleft palates should be fed with a long nipple, which brings food into the oro-pharynx (the part of the mouth behind the palate but in front of the voice box), or with a feeding tube inserted into the stomach until the defect can be surgically repaired.
Something capable of producing defects in a fetus
A cavity in the mouth where the respiratory systems and gastrointestinal systems come together
Something having to do with an embryo or the development of an embryo
The zygote that is developed after conception