Hypoglycemia foster kitten about 6-7 weeks old

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  • #864841

    Lacida
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    My foster just got an episode of hypoglycemia- this is the second time today. We went to a vet this morning, he prescribed antibiotics and told me that it’s likely a fading kitten syndrome and there is nothing I can do about it. This kittens little sister passed away 2 days ago having the same symptoms.
    So far I gave him nutri gel, Karo syrup (0.5ml), all day long I keep giving him Pedylite little by little every 20-30 mins, cause of the diarrhea – diarrhea started yesterday and in the morning I noticed that his anus is opened and his poop is leaking out of him.
    I’m thinking about giving him fluids under the skin (I have a bag of Normosol-r) but I don’t know what amount to give to him and if I’ll be able to do it cause he is a tiny guy (8oz) and I barely can grab his skin on his neck.
    What else can I do to stabilize him? Vet is going to be available only in the morning and we have to survive this night on our own.

    #864843

    pussigato
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    Lacida,

    I’m so sorry about your fosters. There is a lot going on with your guy and these require medical attention. I can bump this to a more experienced TDKer to see if they have more advice. Hopefully, someone else is online.

    PG

    #864844

    Lacida
    Participant

    Thank you very much for your response! I hope somebody may help me with an advice – all I need now is to help him to survive this night and then I’ll take him back to the vet in the morning.
    The kitten perked up a little bit, he is still quite lethargic but at least he is responding now and his eyes stopped being glassy.

    #864848

    Kittyzee
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    Hi Lacida, I hope your kitten has survived the night. With a diagnosis of Fading Kitten Syndrome (FKS) I’m sure it makes you feel pretty hopeless. As long as you can keep him hydrated and get some kind of nutrition into him, all is not lost. Warmth is also another key factor, placing him on wrapped hot water bottles, a heating pad, on your stomach under your shirt, etc. because kittens cannot process food without being warm.

    It’s good that he is responding and his eyes aren’t glassy. You could get some goat’s milk also, since kittens respond to it very well and I have fed my last 2 with it. There are lots of good probiotics in it and it may help his diarrhea. You can mix pedialyte into it also for the electrolytes that he has lost during his diarrhea.

    Please keep us posted and let us know how he and you, are doing.

    #864852

    Lacida
    Participant

    He passed away around 4am

    He was under the covers with me when I felt that his body temperature started to drop down and his paws got cold. My body warmth wasn’t enough for him, so I used my hair blower on a low setting to keep him warm, I gave him warm Pedilyte, nutri-gel, 1ml of Karo syrup but in 2 hours he passed away.

    I still have 3 of his siblings, they are all eating and drinking well, and very active but I put them all on antibiotics anyway, nutri-gel 3 times/day, KMR mixed with Pedylite, and keep my fingers crossed.

    #864854

    Lacida
    Participant

    Kittyzee, I don’t think I ever saw goat milk in the stores, where do you buy it?

    #864856

    pussigato
    Participant

    I’m sorry the wee tyke didn’t make it. He knew your love in his short life and will always have that with him across the Rainbow Bridge.

    As KZ said, here in TDKland, we recommend Goats’ milk for kittens. Cats are lactose intolerant and can’t digest cows milk. Goats’ milk is full of nutrients, probiotics and gentler on their tummies. This can also regulate the poop. You can find it in the dairy section or the concentrate in the baking aisle. Mix the concentrate 1:1 with water or pedylite.

    #864857

    Kittyzee
    Participant

    I am so sorry to hear that your kitten passed. So glad that he was with you, warm and loved. 😥

    The goat’s milk is in the refrigerated milk section of the grocery, or in the baking aisle as liquid concentrate and powdered form. Follow the mixing directions on both. Of course the fresh, you just have to warm. You did everything you could for these little kittens that have passed. FKS is a mystery, and when rescuing and fostering, you never know how or why they have to pass away and others survive. It’s heartbreaking. Bless you for caring for all of them and letting them know that they matter.

    #864858

    Lacida
    Participant

    But what do you think is better: KMR or goat milk?

    #864860

    Moonshadow_NZ
    Moderator

    Goat’s milk IMHO would be better but smarter minds may have a better idea.
    I am so sorry your wee kitty wasn’t able to hang on to life despite all the excellent nursing you gave him. Fading kitten syndrome is such a heartbreaker. At least he had warmth, nourishing food and plenty of love before he passed over the Rainbow to the Meadow.
    Lacida this is for you for your caring.
    “Come with me on my final journey.
    I know it will be difficult, but I need you by my side when the time comes for me to leave this world.
    Every moment down to my last breath is easier if I have you with me”.

    #864862

    Lacida
    Participant

    I got evaporated goat milk – that was the only type I found in the store. Do I need to mix it with water or give it to the kittens as is?

    #864864

    pussigato
    Participant

    KMR liquid tends to give kits diarrhea and the concentrated give them constipation. Evaporated goats milk is fine and you mix it 1:1 with Pedylite.

    #864867

    Kittyzee
    Participant

    Lacida, look at the directions on the can, but I think the evaporated milk is mixed 1 to 1. Which means if you pour out 1/4 cup, then add 1/4 cup of water.

    Did your vet think your kitten may need dewormed? Or did he deworm the kitten and then it got diarrhea? Was wondering if this might be a cause. I hope you have good luck with the goat’s milk, it has helped me with my kittens immensely, and settled their upset tummies too.

    #864868

    Kittyzee
    Participant

    I like the goat’s milk, but have used KMR also. To ease your mind you can feed both, which I also have done. Mix up the goat’s milk and feed your kittens. Next time mix up KMR and feed your kittens. This way they get the benefits of both and the nutrients they need. Make sure you are feeding your kitten every two to three hours–even though you say they are 6 to 7 weeks, they sound much younger, or you could add some juice from wet cat food to the milk also.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-How-Old-a-Kitten-Is

    #864900

    pussigato
    Participant

    I hope you, your family and the kits had wonderful day. How are the kits doing?

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