31 January, 2009 at 3:28 am #24525
Hello all. My name is Tara. I work at a vet clinic and about 2 weeks ago we had a client bring in a can in labor in pretty bad shape. We did an emergency c-section and the mom passed away during surgery, along with one of the kittens. Two kitten survived, however another passed away the next day. One little boy survived and he is now 10 days old.
I agreed to take him friday-tuesday when I am not working and we have kind of been taking turns taking him home at night during the week. I had him all weekend last weekend – boy was that a long weekend! Feedings every 90 minutes..exhausting!! Today however he has become constipated. We were able to get him to produce a small amount of really sticky gross stool this afternoon but not enough to make much of difference. We gave him a warm water enema about 2 1/2 hours ago and still no stool. Any tips?? I am worried about the little fella…it would be a shame to lose him now31 January, 2009 at 3:34 am #376722
Can you reach one of the vets you work with for advice?
Are you stimulating the kitten just before and after he eats to help him eliminate? Use a soft cloth dipped in warm water and gently rub around his anus in a circular motion. I assume you are feeding him kitten milk replacement. Some here on TDK have mixed a bit of pumpkin into baby food and offered it too a constipated kitten, but I don’t know if this is best for one so young.
Please keep us posted on how this little boy gets along. We often find ourselves cheering when a kitty poops! lol
Thanks for caring for this small fuzzy baby!31 January, 2009 at 3:53 am #376723
Hi there. Thank you for the quick reply. He was at the clinic this afternoon and try as we might we were only able to get him to produce a very small amount of very sticky stool. The doc gave him a warm water enema and he produced a very small amount of stool just before we left, but he did not poop out any of the water used for the enema. She said told me to take him home and continue to feed and stimulate him. I work tomorrow morning so I will take him with me, I just don’t know what to expect and it would really break my heart if he dies overnight31 January, 2009 at 3:54 am #376724
PS…yes, we are feeding him KMR. We recently 2 or 3 days ago switched from mixed KMR to powdered, she didn’t think that would have anything to do with the constipation but I wonder????31 January, 2009 at 4:07 am #376725
We just had someone post about a constipated kitten who . after blood work was done, was determined to have hypothyroidism, which can be life threatening. You may want to get a second opinion and request a complete blood panel.
Best wishes31 January, 2009 at 4:09 am #376726
I hope the little guy does OK through the night, Tara. Other, more experienced TDKers may see your post so check back from time to time. Do you have a picture of this baby? You can use it here as your avatar by going into your profile here and following the directions. Click on my avatar to see pictures of my two kits, Digit and Furl. They are polydactly.31 January, 2009 at 5:42 am #376727
I am curious if you work at a vet clinic why you think you would be able to get better help from lay people on the internet? If I had the luxury of being in touch with a vet clinic and needed help I would take my pet there not wait to hear from someone through an online group.31 January, 2009 at 11:01 am #376728
wow….that was not exactly the response i was looking for. clearly you have not read my post, he has been at the clinic all day…nothing we are trying is working. i was hoping people experienced at raising orphaned kittens may be able to give us some tips we had not thought of but forget it31 January, 2009 at 11:06 am #376729
Hope that the little one gets better, I have never dealt with kittens that young so can’t help with suggestions….just best wishes and prayers going out to him and those of you who are caring for him.31 January, 2009 at 11:28 am #376730
TaraRose, I wish I could suggest something. If he were older, I would mix his food with a little vegetable oil but he’s so young and only on KMR. However, I would think that changing to powdered KMR could upset his tiny system. You might also want to look into Tigerlillie’s suggestion of hyperthyroidism.
I saw one website that suggested a little acidophilus yoghurt. I wonder if a tiny amount of this, watered down, might help his little system.
Please keep us up to date with how this little one does, and if you find anything that helps. You’re all stars for trying so hard to save him!31 January, 2009 at 11:33 am #376731
Just thought of something, might want to use pedialyte also to ensure that the little guy doesn’t become de-hydrated.31 January, 2009 at 12:04 pm #376732
TaraRose if you post is legitimate I apologize for my knee jerk reaction. We have had a number of really bad experiences recently with people who have nothing better to do with their time then to write with horrific stories of kittens on the verge of death they are trying to save only to find it was all a hoax. It is frustrating and disheartening for all of us when in our mind we picture a little kitten suffering and try to help only to find you are being made a fool of and your emotions and time have been wasted. I believe we have just had another example of one of these trolls very recently and your request seemed similar so in fact, I thought you were the same person. I think I am becoming paranoid about this and unfortunately you got the brunt of it. Again, my apologies. I hope you are able to help this little guy.31 January, 2009 at 12:43 pm #376733
Petpntr, I beleive this person really dose have a constipated kitten on her hands.:)31 January, 2009 at 12:59 pm #376734
Yes I think you are right CF. I jumped the gun and regret it.31 January, 2009 at 9:45 pm #376735
Hi,I manage a small UK shelter and at the end of last year we had a litter of 7 x 2 day old kittens.
Try to keep in proportion how much poop you are expecting. Weigh kitten, weigh kitten and weigh again. There’s moreto a healthy kitten than poop quantities, although regularity is very important. Some of ours didnt pooh for 48 hours sometimes. We kept charts for each kittens but I’m sure each pooh will be engrained in you mind.
One thing that can work is to carry out the usual tickle toilet procedure with warm water and then cold, sometime that gets a reaction.
It isnt easy bringing up such a young kitten and it can be very hearbreaking, but you can only give it a chance.
Another really good idea, which we managed to do with four of this lot which werent thriving as the others was get a foster mum. If only to clean, although invaribly then end up feedint if they can.
Failing a cat mum, have you got a dog that is a motherer.
Anything is worth a try.
Good luck and I really look forward to hearing how you wished you’d never compalined about not having enough pooh!
Sorry this is my first post so I hope I havent overstepped the mark.
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