Alice meets Stormy

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    So some neighborhood kids found a kitten in the storm drain on Tuesday evening her eye was matted closed and the other one crusted we took her in and I got some goats milk and called the emergency vet to see what I could do for the eyes overnight. She told me to clean with saline and a cotton ball. We were able to get her into the vet yesterday and she does have feline herpes so we got lysine to add to food and antibiotic ointment for her eyes and some de wormer. She’s already doing great. Now the thing is we have 2 other cats, kitty 14 and Alice 2.5. Our kitten stormy (found in the storm drain) is 6-8 weeks old. Alice is not happy with having Stormy around which is understandable. I am making sure that they are not together as Alice hisses at her if she gets too close (we’re really trying to keep them apart so the big cats don’t get sick) I am making sure that I am giving Alice attention and petting her before acknowledging Stormy and after I’ve been with stormy I let Alice smell my hands to her the scent. Alice I’ve noticed today isn’t eating much. She’s not even eating her treats. Now it’s only been 48 hours. What else can I do to help Alice with the transition and at what point should I worry about her not eating (she’s overweight so she has some reserve still) and should we be giving lysine as a precaution for the older cats so they don’t get sick



    Hi Melissa,

    Welcome to TDKland. We’re the furriest blog around. Thanks for rescuing Stormy. You’re doing the right things but bringing an “interloper” into the house naturally creates conflict.

    I would keep an eye on Alice. If she stops eating all together then contact her vet. Some “middle kits” feel the most put out and can get depressed. You’re going to have to dedicate more time to her and Kitty until Stormy is fully accepted in your house.

    Here’s a link that supports what you’re doing plus some more hints.

    Good Luck



    I think the best thing to do is to contact your vet about the exposure to the feline herpes virus. Obviously, it’s not a death sentence, but cats in close proximity to each other usually get it and it’s life long. The L-lysine might help, as it’s an immune system booster, but I’m not a vet and I can’t say what your older cat may feel like if she comes down with it. She may even already have it–so many cats do.

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