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  • #866091

    Leigh
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    I am raising a litter of 4 kittens. They are about 5 weeks old, I’ve had them since they were approx 2 weeks. They were gaining weight well until Friday, their weight gain stalled but they were otherwise normal. On Sunday I notice they weren’t eating quite as much but still normal. Yesterday (Monday) they continued to not eat great and developed loose stool. Today, 2 have loose stool and still aren’t eating great but the other 2 have explosive clear diarrhea and 1 is vomiting too. I tried giving the both pedialite and the vomiting 1 threw it right back up. I gave the really sick 1 10 ml sub q and I have an appointment with the vet in the morning but I’m looking for advice (and support because I’m really worried).
    Should I continue to force food (breeders edge KMR) or let her rest since she immediately throws it up?
    And the 1 with explosive diarrhea but not vomiting – force food or let her stomach rest?
    Any thought on how much sub q she should get? I’ve never had 1 this sick so wondering if I should stick to twice a day or bump it up.
    Thanks so much for any help!

    #866092

    pussigato
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    Hi Leigh,

    Thanks for caring for your litter of kits.

    I can gladly give you advice and/or information but I’m very concerned about the explosive diarrhea and vomiting. By now, they haven’t anything in their stomach. Force-feeding won’t do much good if they aren’t keeping it down. They are very little and can’t afford to lose any more weight. I know you have a vet. Appointment tomorrow but I would try to get them in tonight. I know it’s more expensive for an emergency vet purrhaps you can call someone and ask his or her opinion.

    Do you know if there’s something in their space they could have gotten into? It could be a parasite like giardia however, since they all have basically the same symptoms, it would make sense it’s something they all access.

    It could FIP or Fading Kitten Syndrome. Neither of these have a hopeful end. Here’s information and only a vet. can diagnose these diseases.

    https://pets.webmd.com/cats/cat-fip-feline-infectious-peritonitis#1
    https://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/fading-kitten-syndrome-symptoms-and-treatment-options

    As far as food, we usually recommend Goats’ milk because it’s gentler on the tummies. If you have someone else around, go get some Goats milk. Some vets. don’t know about Goats’ milk but here in TDKland, we recommend Goats’ milk for kittens. 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. If, at any time, they seem lethargic put a dab of Karo syrup or honey in their mouth.

    My first advice is the vet. route as soon as possible.

    Good luck
    PG

    #866096

    Leigh
    Participant

    Sorry to just be getting back to you, things got hectic last night. Everyone made it through the night and is actually doing pretty well this morning! These kittens are from animal control – they aren’t mine and in the contract, it says they have to see the animal control vet so that is why we didn’t go to the emergency vet. All that said, I have a close relationship with my vet so we were texting back and forth last night. I’ll post a longer update with exactly what we did if for no other reason than maybe it will help someone else. Thanks so much for your response!

    #866100

    Kittyzee
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    I would be interested to know what the vet thinks is going on, because many do visit this site for information on helping with their cats/kittens. I’m wondering parasites (one celled or worms) and wondering also if they are on solid wet food yet. Most of my kittens, at 5 weeks, were acting like they were starving with just formula, so I added wet food to their milk as a sort of gruel.

    I’m so relieved to hear that they made it through the night–please keep us posted when you have the time!

    #866103

    pussigato
    Participant

    I’m thrilled the wee kits made it through the night. Do keep in touch.

    #866110

    Leigh
    Participant

    The vet visit went well. The kittens made me look like a crazy person because they were acting totally normal and energetic! They tested the kittens for what they could and everything came back negative so that’s good. They are treating them with a course of fenben and also a course of panzur just to cover all the bases. They also sent me home with more sub q in case things go bad fast again. I really think the sub q last night is what saved the sickest one as she couldn’t even keep water or pedialyte down. They are back to loose stool which is much better than the diarrhea and eating a little now – not much but a few bites here and there.

    I really don’t know what to think. The vet seemed to think maybe a reaction to their shots last week or I wonder if they could have picked up a bug while they were at animal control getting those shots.

    As for what they are eating, I was trying to wean them when this all started and they were not interested at all, in fact they acted like any sort of wet food or wet food formula mix was poison! When they all started feeling better this morning, I tried to give them a bottle which is what they always demanded and no one would touch it so I got out some wet food and they all ate maybe a teaspoon or so and that is what they have been eating all day now. I’ve been offering it every 3 hours and they will take a few bites then walk away. I figure with all they have been through, lots of tiny meals are better than a few big ones.

    I also said that I would update with what I ended up doing last night in the hopes that maybe it would help someone else. I ended up taking all food away from them around 5 and leaving only a small bowl of water. I also started giving 3 to 5 ml of pedialyte via syringe every hour or 2 to the 3 that were not vomiting and then gave the sickest one 10 ml sub q – she had pretty much collapsed at this point. I got up throughout the night and smeared nutrical on their gums every 2 to 3 hours – just a tiny amount because I was concerned about their blood sugar. Around 2, I noticed that everyone seemed a little more alert. When I went in at 4, they acted hungry so that is when I tried the bottle, they refused so I put out a little wet food. Everyone ate a few bites then I took it away because I was worried the diarrhea would start again. After an hour with no illness, I gave them a few more bites. We are now to 3 hours between meals and everyone is doing well so far. They may have recovered in a day but I’m going to need a week to get over this one!!

    #866114

    Kittyzee
    Participant

    Wow. Your attention to detail and quick action is what saved these kittens, no doubt about it. Getting up in the night and giving them nutical to perk their blood sugar also is sometimes the difference between life and death. I know sometimes no matter what you do, you lose kittens anyway, but if you hadn’t done these things, you probably would have not been so lucky. You would think at 5 weeks they round the corner and are strong enough to survive, but you can’t let your guard down when hand rearing kittens.

    Luckily, you also have a wonderful vet. I would not be surprised at all if they didn’t pick up something at animal control. Thank you for coming back and letting us know what you did to save these kittens. You probably need a vacation after the last few days! Don’t forget to keep us posted on their progress, and submit their pictures for the daily kitten!

    #866125

    Leigh
    Participant

    Thanks so much for the kind words. I always find that they hardest part of having a sick kitten is the second guessing every move that you make.

    They are all doing great and polished off a whole can of kitten food between the 4 of them at their early feeding this morning. Their stool is improving – the one that was the least sick has what I would consider ‘cow patty’ the 2 that were in the middle are a littler looser than that and the one that was extremely sick still has what I would call diarrhea but it is controlled meaning that she makes it to the litter box and it is only happening maybe twice a day so a HUGE improvement.

    #866126

    pussigato
    Participant

    YEA – Wonderful news

    #866127

    Kittyzee
    Participant

    Yes, that IS wonderful news! Making it to the litterbox is a lifesaver for you! 😉 I would hope their stools will continue to firm up in the next few days. It’s always a huge relief too when they start eating solid food, and you know they are getting something that will stick with them longer than 2 hours.

    #866173

    pussigato
    Participant

    I know its only two days but how are you all doing?

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