4 July, 2012 at 3:13 pm #51942
A friend of my brother found two 4 week old kittens. He asked us if we would like to rescue them so we did. The one is perfectly fine. (malnourished and thin but ok!) but the other one I am very concerned about. it is a manx kitten (i mean it has absolutely NO tail) and when i got him his entire bottom was covered in dry poo. I got a warm rag and managed to get it all off, but it still oozes. It has been almost a day now,(We got them last night) I am giving them kitten food (which they have been eating) and live culture yogurt (my aunt used to be a vet and she said to give them that for digestion) is there anything else i should be doing to help him? They are strictly barn cats also so I’m worried flies might lay eggs on the one because it still oozes. (Like nonstop) if anyone could give me any advice i would really appreciate it. i do not want to have to put the poor kit down 🙁4 July, 2012 at 5:46 pm #739115
Please take the little guy to the vet. When a Manx’s tail is too short they often have trouble with their spine and/or bowels. It’s called Manx syndrome or sometimes just Manxness. Depending on how severe it is, it can be dealt with medically so that a kitten can have a good quality of life although that life is usually short. In more severe cases, the syndrome results in a very early death and can be very painful for the kitten. As cute as he may be, if he is in pain you wouldn’t want to prolong his life.
If he isn’t actually a Manx breed cat, the lack of tail needs to be looked into. Is it a birth defect or did he have a tail that was amputated somehow?
Some times we have to make very hard decisions when we are the guardian of a cat (or dog or any other pet). I hope kitty can be cured so that he has a happy and pain free life. But if he can’t be helped then I wish you the strength to make the right decision for him.4 July, 2012 at 7:01 pm #739116
Try canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling, and feed it to him. This may help stiffen the stools. But CBM is right, they both need to see a vet. If one is a manx and the other is not it is possible it is a birth defect. Try to get them to the vet asap. The poop may stop running after a couple of days of a regular diet. Sometimes cats have rectal muscle issues, and these can’t be helped. Try the canned pumpkin and call a vet for an appointment. Also, you said they would be barn cats, but feral four week old kittens can be socialized and become house pets. I don’t know what your situation is, but often the better barn cats are the cats who have lived feral almost their entire life, and have learned to hunt for their food. People often say that feral kittens should be taken away at four weeks old to be socialized and adopted out.5 July, 2012 at 9:59 pm #739117
thank you all so much for your advice. It is not nearly as bad as when we first gotten him. I will be taking them to the vet this week so no worries about that. Thank you again so much!!!
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