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  • #865194

    Lee
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    Hello,
    I foster kittens for our local animal control and the one I have now is pretty sick. When I picked him up, they said he was about 4 months old and 1.5 pounds and anemic. I was given 2 different wormers, 3 days worth of pain meds and sub q fluids – 10ml twice a day. When I got him home, I realized just how sick this guy was. He wouldn’t even lift his head. I ended up force feeding mush that night and by the next morning he seemed a little better. He started eating on his own a day or 2 after that but he still doesn’t really move at all. He will sit up every once in a while but that is about it. If I set him down, he will usually fall over and then try to walk toward me but he’s super wobbly and falls a lot. He’s almost up to 2 pounds now, purrs all the time and isn’t in any pain that I can see. He goes in for a recheck on Thursday but his is my first experience with anemia so basically I am looking for advice as to whether this is normal or not and also how long is the typical recovery period for anemia? Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

    #865198

    Kittyzee
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    http://www.vetstreet.com/care/anemia-in-cats

    I posted a link for you to check out. My concern with your anemic kitten, is why is he anemic in the first place. My mind runs to having a severe infestation of parasites, so my next question is did they give him a dewormer and take care of the problem, and also check for coccidia. Does he have diarrhea? The best thing you can do is keep feeding him by getting food into him any way you can. Any wet food, diluted with goat’s milk or kitten formula for the extra nutrition and also more fluid. I always add water to my cats’ wet food — it can’t hurt and they love the ‘soup’ it makes. I hope this helps your poor little guy. Keep us posted on him please.

    I wanted to add also, you can add pedialyte to his food to up his electrolytes, raw egg, even some baby vitamins. Did you check him for fleas? Fleas can cause anemia and kill an animal fast, so if you have to bathe him with Ivory soap or Dawn, it will kill the fleas. Get a flea comb and comb eggs out also. Make sure you dry him with a blow dryer, so he does not get a chill.

    #865199

    Lee
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    Thanks so much for the reply and link. He was horribly infested with fleas and I know they did some sort of treatment at AC because by the time I picked him up they were all dead. They also gave him 2 different dewormers. So far very normal bowel movements although he falls over when he goes. I gave him a bath once he stabilized a little and it was the worst I’ve seen so far. The water was literally blood red from the flea dirt. Maybe I’m being impatient, I just hoped for more improvement by now. He is just so listless. And when he does manage to get up he falls over.

    #865200

    Kittyzee
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    It takes the body a while to manufacture red blood cells, so have patience and keep doing the good work you are doing with him. Hopefully, with time and patience and lots of love, he will pull through this bad start to his little life!

    #865201

    Lee
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    Fingers crossed!!! He’s a sweet boy, I would love to see him blossom into a typical crazy kitten!

    #865205

    pussigato
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    My instinct is to put him in a blankie and carry him around. He can only benefit from your extra warmth and love.

    You can give him plain pedilyte too. It’s water and electrolytes which generally help babies and kits with low energy.

    I hope we get to hear about this wee tyke romping around soon.

    PG

    #865207

    Lee
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    Hey PG! Thanks for the reply. Great minds think alike I guess – he’s sitting on my lap in front of the fire right now! Even when I can’t hold him, I try to keep him in whatever room I’m in. He can’t really move much but he follows me with his eyes. I hope I’ll be able to come back soon with stories of normal kitten antics!

    #865208

    Kittyzee
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    Have you seen those hoodies with the pouch on the front for carrying your kitties? Just sayin….. 😉 😛

    Cat Lovers Hoodies With Cuddle Pouch Mewgaroo Nyangaroo Dog Pet Hoodies For Casual Kangaroo Pullovers With Ears Sweatshirt

    #865209

    Lee
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    I just showed those sweatshirts to my husband a few days ago! For now I just tie a scarf like a sling and put him in it. He seems to enjoy hanging out and since he can’t really move, I don’t have to worry about him jumping out of it!

    #865243

    Lee
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    Hello,
    I just wanted to give everyone a quick update. The kitten had a recheck with the vet this morning and while we still aren’t sure what is going on, they do see improvement. He is still very calm and quiet and can’t walk well at all, but he seems a little better so we are going to continue what we are doing and they will check him again in a week. Oh, they did decide that his tail is dead. I thought that it might be but the vet confirmed. I’m not really sure how that plays into everything but I guess its another clue. Thanks again for all of the help and suggestions.

    #865246

    Kittyzee
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    Hi Lee,
    Thanks for the update. I hope you will continue to keep coming in and visiting with us and keeping us updated on your little kitten. I’m wondering if he got hit or mauled by a larger animal and maybe suffered some spinal damage since his tail is no longer viable. Time and patience and your loving care will pull him through.

    #865249

    Lee
    Participant

    I wonder about that too. He has no wounds or road rash at all and he isn’t at all scared by my dogs in fact he likes to nap with my big one (always supervised and the dogs have years of experience with tiny kittens!) but who knows. We’re seeing small improvements daily so we are happy! Hopefully it will continue!

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