Abandoned 2-week old kitten: Need advise with its clogged nose & milk aversion

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    Angely
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    A kitten was found stuck on the roof of my sister’s school 5 days ago when it started meowing because of the rain. My sister was able to bring the kitten home 3 days ago because it was only then that classes started for the week. By then, its mom was still nowhere to be found. Estimated it to be around 2-3 weeks old, and the vet later on agreed. I listed down what I’ve done so far… I know I’ve made a lot of mistakes but I gradually corrected them by the day…

    3 days ago:

    6:00pm – Bottle fed, 10mL Precial kitten’s milk (room temperature), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No Poop, normal lamp as heat source

    9:00pm – Bottle fed, 10mL Precial kitten’s milk (room temperature), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No Poop, normal lamp as heat source

    The kitten’s nose seemed inflamed. Even its tongue and anus. Before we fed it, it kept on meowing. Eventually, the kitten was sneezing. I was afraid that it may have inhaled some milk. Decided to go to the vet the next day.

    2 days ago:

    Did not feed until I went to the vet, which was around 10:00am. The vet gave me a syringe because the kitten seemed to prefer the syringe over the bottle. The vet was able to make the kitten pee and poop. Its poop was brown and the vet said its color and consistency seemed okay. He gave me a Precial Milk formula instruction card and told me to feed the kitten 6x a day, 8cc each meal. Ratio of milk to warm water was 1:1. He also advised for me to buy an incandescent lamp with a 10 watt bulb. The vet checked the kitten’s lungs and told me that the lungs were clear. He didn’t say anything about the inflamed nose, mouth, and anus though. He also did not say anything about the kitten’s meows seemingly like its nose was clogged.

    10:00am – Syringe fed, 10cc Precial kitten’s milk (warm???), slightly resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, Pooped, no heat source (vet visit)

    12:00nn – Syringe fed, 8cc Precial kitten’s milk (warm), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No poop, no heat source *note: noticed that the anus seemed not inflamed anymore*

    4:00pm – Syringe fed, 4cc Precial kitten’s milk (warm), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No poop, wrapped 2 towelettes around a mug filled with hot water and put it inside for heat source

    6:00pm – Syringe fed, 4cc Precial kitten’s milk (warm), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No poop, wrapped 1 towel around a heat pad (for humans) for heat source

    9:00pm – Syringe fed, 8cc Precial kitten’s milk (warm), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No poop, wrapped 1 towel around a heat pad (for humans) for heat source

    12:00am – Syringe fed, 8cc Precial kitten’s milk (warm), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No poop, wrapped 1 towel around a heat pad (for humans) for heat source

    The meows were less… still sort of feels like the kitten had something clogged, but we were just happy that the kitten was able to excrete and drink. I was worried though since it would whimper every now and then. I used milk that was not refrigerated but disposed after 24 hrs. I was able to bring the kitten to the vet and at work that day… but I couldn’t do the same anymore the next day and no one could possibly take care of it.

    Yesterday:

    6:30am – Syringe fed, 8cc Precial kitten’s milk (warm), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No poop, wrapped 1 towel around a heat pad (for humans) for heat source

    11:30am – Syringe fed, 8cc Precial kitten’s milk (room temp, I was in a rush as I just sneaked out of work ;___; ), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No poop, Incandescent lamp for heat source

    5:30pm – Syringe fed, 8cc Precial kitten’s milk (warm), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No poop, Incandescent lamp for heat source

    9:30pm – Syringe fed, 8cc Precial kitten’s milk (warm), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No poop, Incandescent lamp for heat source *Note: Nose does not seemed inflamed anymore, turned from bright red color to pale pink color. Same goes with tongue; *Note: Read the instruction card and the vet was mistaken, the ratio of milk to warm water should have been 1:2

    1:00am – Syringe fed, 8cc Precial kitten’s milk (warm, adjusted ratio), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No poop, Incandescent lamp for heat source

    I was able to sneak and buy an incandescent lamp for the kitten. Kitten is generally quieter and whimpers less. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing…

    Today:

    I am still at work so I have only been able to feed the kitten once:

    6:30am – Syringe fed, 8cc Precial kitten’s milk (warm, adjusted ratio), resists milk, tried burping but no sound, Peed after stimulation, No poop, Incandescent lamp for heat source

    The kitten would whimper a bit until it falls asleep. It would meow when I try to pick it up for feeding. I’m worried that it hasn’t pooped yet. Is it fading? I’m sorry. I have been going crazy over this kitten. It is my first time to adopt a kitten (have always been a dog person).

    Anything else I can adjust to ensure the kitten’s survival? Attached a photo of our little kitten for you to see… any advise would be great and well appreciated…

    #856728

    JerseyJoan
    Moderator

    Hi Angely – I don’t have a lot of experience with wee ones, but the recent one I had was about 3 weeks old. I too was worried about him not pooping, but was told a few days is okay; the kitten is using much of the nutrients he is taking in. I think my guy went after 3 days, almost 4. You may want to consult the vet again after tomorrow.
    From what I know about fading kitten syndrome is that it can happen at any time, even to a seemingly healthy kitten. FKS is in no way the caretaker’s fault.
    Thank you so much for taking this tiny baby in. Please stop back and let us know how he is doing.

    #856733

    Angely
    Participant

    Hi!

    Thank you so much for the fast response. It really means a lot to me. I really appreciate the support. I’m planning to have the kitten checked as soon as I can sneak out of work again. Would you perhaps know if the kitten being quiet means he/she is not in pain? He/she was really loud when we got the kitten. How would I know if the kitten has burped, by the way? I always pat on its back with its tummy on my shoulder, but I’ve never really heard a sound come out of the kitten.

    #856734

    Buttons
    Moderator

    your doing a great job and Joan has given great advice .. if keep in touch with your vet.. kittens under 5 weeks of age it isn’t unusual for them to got 3-4 days without poop a little goats milk can really help with constipation or if your really worried a few mls of veg oil in the formula will help things move along.. being quite might not indicate pain but could indicate a lethargy that can be associated with FKS if your worried about his energy levels rub a little honey onto his gums and give your vet a call. Sometimes when they’re this small the sugar levels can drop and this can be dangerous so always have honey to hand 🙂 as for the burping it’s been a while since if bottle/syringe feed but id always have given a little pat on the back after eating and they would rarely make any sort of burp sound but I continued to do it to be safe

    #856745

    Kittyzee
    Participant

    Great job on nursing your kitten. I have always used a heating pad wrapped in a towel set on LOW in the kittens’ nest. A cold kitten cannot process food. I like the idea of a hot water bottle in the nest, but unfortunately they do not stay warm.

    The goat’s milk works wonders, and I used it on my last kitten almost entirely the whole time he was bottle fed. I’m going to post some links for you, they are full of information on bottle raising kittens.

    http://messybeast.com/handrear.htm
    http://www.safehavenforcats.com/newborn.htm

    #856813

    Angely
    Participant

    Thank you for your reply. Kitten finally pooped… but I think is constipated. There was mucus around the poop and it was hard and dry, unlike the first time he pooped in the vet. The kitten went on its own as I patted his tummy. I’m not sure if the kitten is already at that age where it can pass independently… but I am still stimulating it for peeing.

    #856815

    Angely
    Participant

    I bought an incandescent bulb as a heat source… the heating pads available in our country have a standard temperature that cannot be regulated.

    As per the milk, tried diluting the milk and adding a few drops of olive oil to the mixture. If all else fails, I will try to find goat’s milk here.

    Update: Kitten is starting to become more energetic. Finally decided to name it… Roof (since it got rescued from the roof).

    Thank you all for your replies. They’re really great help!!!

    #856829

    JerseyJoan
    Moderator

    Roof! Great name!

    #856843

    Angely
    Participant

    Hi everyone,

    I came home yesterday to feed Roof and found him/her struggling. Roof was paralyzed and was having difficulty breathing… I was shocked and devastated as I did not expect this would happen.. Roof was drinking more milk, pooped, and was even meowing more. What hurts the most is that Roof died on my hands while I rushed to the vet. I sort of feel like Roof was waiting for me before leaving. I wish Roof had a less painful death… seemed so much in pain yesterday. Right now, I am in grief and I think I’m just traumatized. I’m thinking it was Fading Kitten Syndrome… Anyway, thank you for everyone. You helped me so much, I have very little regrets because of your tips and guidance.

    #856844

    JerseyJoan
    Moderator

    Oh Angely, I’m so sorry. Roof knew love, and had a name, because of you. You are awesome for doing all you could for a kitten with slim chances. Your love made all the difference in Roof’s shooting star life.

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