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    My new kitten ( 9 weeks) got his first set of shots plus Drontal, Ivomec and an ear cleaning about 4 days ago. I adopted him yesterday and was informed that he is healthy from his Vet paperwork. His urine has been smelling really fishy and it stinks up his whole lower half. He finally pooped today and it was loose, yellow brown and watery, did not see any worms. He has not used his litterbox yet but I understand that he is adjusting to my room and me. He used the litterbox at the foster house, and I don’t know how to show him to use the one I set up for him for his size right now. He is just peeing anywhere he likes and it smells like bad oysters. I am using feline pine, and maybe he is used to the clay one at his fosters? Should I be worried about his urine smell even though he was just at the vet and declared healthy?

    #475326
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    The feline pine probably smells quite strong and it’s quite possible he doesn’t like it, cats tend not to like strong smelling litter. It would be good to use the clay litter he was used to at his fosters, if you can (make sure it’s non-clumping, as kittens can eat it and get a blockage). Put your new baby (does he have a name?) in the litter tray after each meal. Scratch his little paws in it (and you could do a bit of scratching with your fingers too) to remind him what it’s for. If he poops outside the box, put the poop in the box, which will also remind him. Is it small enough and shallow enough for him to get in and out of easily? Is it far enough away from his food and water? There is also a product called Cat Attract — a litter which encourages cats to use their box, it is pricey but I believe you just sprinkle a bit of it on the top. Good luck! You can also click on the pink tags (top right hand side) for previous threads on this subject. Good luck!

    #475327
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    Thank you so much for the advice! His name is Turbo (he’s runs very very fast), and isn’t the one that is pictured in my avatar. That is Pepper and he has been sadly missing for over a month. I will post pictures of Turbo soon.

    #475328
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    BMKT, I’ve read the Pepper thread. I’m so sorry to hear about him, and your moron flatmates who let him out. We have added a couple of posts to it, in case you think there’s any chance Pepper is still out there.

    I bet Turbo is a little darling. Don’t worry, he will get the idea soon.

    #475329
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    Cats and kittens don’t do well with sudden changes, either with their food or their litter.

    If you want to switch him to new litter or new food you need to start by adding just a little of the new stuff for a few days, then gradually increase the amount of new and decrease the amount of old.

    It can take a week to 10 days to completely switch over to the new.

    The shots he got could be contributing to the stinky pee and the runny poop. If it lasts for more than another day or two, call the vet.

    Even a kitten will instinctively pee where he can smell that he peed before. An enzyme cleaner is probably what you need – you can find it at the pet store.

    I understand you are on a lease and don’t feel you can break it. Why don’t you check with legal aid on campus. It might be that you can get out of the lease because the roommates mislead you about the kind of people they were. Or, if they aren’t on the lease, you might be able to evict them and replace them.

    I suspect that because Pepper is such a friendly and appealing cat that someone has scooped him up and given him a home.

    #475330

    Exactly, too many changes can upset him. Most cats I’ve had do not like the pine litter. Most prefer unscented. Use “Nature’s Miracle” on the places he’s peed–make sure to cover the spot with foil after applying. Keep the food dish as far as possible from the litter. Cats won’t eliminate where they eat. (praying for Pepper too). Keep us posted-we care!

    #475331
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    Update:

    -I came home from work today to find that he had peed and had brown yellow diarrhea on my bed. I will take Turbo to the Vet tomorrow because his urine is dark yellow brownish (I dunno if its just mixing with his diarrhea and turning this color but I should find out from the Vet).

    -He barely eats. he takes one little lick of his canned food that I got from his foster mother and doesn’t even touch the moisten Naturesbalance kibbles. The Foster mother fed him Friskies Oceanfish for kittens. I have a large can of EVO Cat and Kitten Food (Chicken and Turkey) that I want to feed him but I am not sure if he will like it for now because I don’t want to throw more change on him. Pepper did not like healthy branded food, he never touched Evo, Wellness or Nutro, though he loved canned fish of any type. But I don’t want to feed Turbo anything fishy because his urine and poo reaks so bad already.

    -I took out the feline pine and put in non clumping clay litter. He doesn’t even set foot in the litterbox. I keep seeing him go on my bed to try to poo or pee and I always move him over to the litter box and he gets so scared that he runs out of it and away. But just 5 minutes ago I caught him trying to relieve himself on my bed again and I moved him to the litter and kinda forced him to stay while I used his paws to play in the litter . And he caught on and finally pooed in the litterbox! Hopefully he knows now, because I won’t be home tomorrow morning again to show him and Im running out of clean sheets.

    -Turbo is getting soo skinny and Im worried. He also gags and pukes out the little amount of food he eats about a few hours after the intake. I have KMR on hand that I got just in case for my roomates kittens, and I might try to feed him some but is he too old for the milk at 9 weeks?

    Here are some pictures of him:

    -http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/tastemyhypocrisy2/turbo1.jpg

    -http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/tastemyhypocrisy2/photo.jpg

    And I capture him pooping in the litter box yay! You can kinda see the color of his poop too:

    -http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/tastemyhypocrisy2/turbopooes.jpg

    #475332
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    thank you also for all your warm wishes and advice about Pepper and Turbo! I am very glad I finally decided to reach out about my cats online because I was always so skeptical about forums (my boyfriend is: Car forums and being lazy)

    #475333
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    Yay! I’m so glad you had some success with the litter tray today.

    But I think you’re doing the right thing by taking him to the vet. The not-eating and getting thinner is worrying. When little ones are vomiting and/or having diarrhoea, they can also get dehydrated very quickly, which can get dangerous for them. Is he still drinking? You can pinch a fold of his skin and let go to see if he’s adequately hydrated, if it snaps back immediately, he’s okay but if it goes down slowly or worse, stays up (“tents”) he needs fluids and a vet. You might want to have some pedialyte on hand, just in case, so you can give it to him if he’s not drinking water.

    I would also still go with CBM’s suggestion of the enzyme cleaner for the sheets etc and trying the Cat Attract on his litter box. The bed is such a lovely soft place to poop and pee (from his point of view) that you want to make his tray at least as attractive. Also, I notice in the photo that the sides of the litter tray are quite high and he’s quite small. At nine weeks, he should be able to get in and out but have you actually seen him do it? Are you sure he can do it easily? A shallower litter tray might be more comfy for him.

    Good luck, I never thought I would join a chat forum either but this is the best on the web, IMHO, and we do love our animals!

    #475334
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    go to the vet again

    #475335

    A vet visit is a must at this point. If he is having digestive upset that could cause litter box problems. When he is healthy you will have to confine him to a small room with the box until he gets the hang of it again.

    #475336
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    He is a real cute little guy. Please keep us posted.

    #475337
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    eleniki
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    It may be that having his vaccination, the wormer and ear cleaning upset his little system so much that he is vomiting and having diarrhea. It’s a lot for a tiny kitten all in one go. My sumi had a terrible reaction to her worming pill, as some TDKers know. She won’t be having another one as she has now developed a sensitivity to that drug. I’m sure the vet will advise, but meanwhile you need to keep Turbo hydrated. Dropper/syringe, small amounts of water or electrolytes, or even some tepid chicken broth – into the back of the mouth. Keep us posted – sending healing energy.

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