Pus/Mucous and swollen anus in both kittens – vet and I are stumped

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  • #867836

    Victoria
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    Hey all!
    Longtime lurker here.
    I’m currently fostering two kittens, currently about 11 days old, due to an unfortunate situation where my local shelter was ill-equipped to care for them. They came to me as preemies in very poor condition and I’ve worked really hard to get their weight up, as well as deal with underlying upper respiratory infections. They’re now both up to 136g. However, this morning I noticed one of their anal areas had swollen up immensely and become red and sensitive. It became clear that this was obstructing his ability to have a BM, so I rushed him to the vet who had to manually drain the abscess without anesthesia – poor little guy!! She prescribed him Clav-Amox and sent him home. Now, hours later, the second kitten seems to be experiencing the same thing – swollen area around booty, whiteish yellow pus (or mucous?) when compressed. I’ve started her on the antibiotics too and warm compresses for them both. The vet and I are both stumped. What is causing this, and how do I help these babies?

    #867837

    pussigato
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    Hi Victoria, welcome to TDKland. This is the oddest situation I’ve read. Has the kitten that was expressed doing better? Are there repeat symptoms? If not, that’s great. I guess you should do the same to your other kitten. That’s half of the problem. Given their condition when you took them, I’m thinking it’s worms or another parasite. The majority of outdoor cats have parasites and pass them to their kittens. Ask the vet. about this as You will need stool samples.

    #867838

    Kittyzee
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    It’s hard to know not seeing the area myself, but wondering about the conditions at the shelter and if it’s a bacterial infection, which could easily be passed from one kitten to another when stimulating them to poop. Wondering also if they have diarrhea and this is keeping them irritated. I would think the vet would take samples of the pus and look at it under the microscope to know which antibiotic to use to treat it. It could even be a staph bacteria if they have upper respiratory infections. It’s important to keep them clean and not to cross contaminate the anal area with the nose and eyes and also not to contaminate one kitten with the other.

    I would feed them some goat’s milk because it is full of probiotics and will help their gut while taking an antibiotic. Also, make sure the anal area is clean and dry and if you have to put some moisture barrier ointment on the area you can use desitin for babies. Just make sure the wounds are healed up and drained before using it.

    #867846

    Victoria
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    Thanks for the replies! At first, the vet said she felt it was a somehow abscessed anal gland – uncommon in kitten their age, but not unheard of. Since it’s now transferred to the other one in the litter, she’s thinking it’s probably bacterial. I drained the other one myself at home (poor thing) and neither have swollen up again. The best I can describe it was that it was about the size of a small grape, red as all heck, and when pressed whitish pus came out. 🙁 I’ve never seen anything like it. They haven’t pooped yet today, so I’m feeling a little nervous. I had them on goat’s milk originally but their tummies had a hard time with it and they had diarrhea, which scared me off. At their size, I don’t want them losing any more fluids. Right now they’re just on the KMR the vet gave us, which had been going along swimmingly for about a week.
    Their weights are currently 132g and 129g – teeny weenies! I’ll keep you guys posted. Are there any constipation recommendations you might have, in case they don’t “go” today? Should they be having a BM every single day?

    #867855

    Kittyzee
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    I’ve always had problems with powdered KMR causing constipation, which is why I recommended the goat’s milk. But in my last kitten, I used both and alternated it each feeding. One time feeding the KMR, the next the goat’s milk which was a great combination for constipation/diarrhea and I knew for sure he was getting what he needed plus the probiotics.

    Yes, I also wondered about the anal gland, but for it to happen in both kittens would be a little strange, but surely sometimes life IS strange and I guess it could happen!

    Their diarrhea could have been so acidic that it caused burns to the anal area allowing bacteria to take hold, hence the pus. Keep the area clean and dry and don’t be afraid to use desitin or aquaphor or some type of moisture barrier to let the tender skin heal. I always used a wash cloth (slightly damp) to stimulate them to poop and pee and then cleaned them well and made sure they were good and dry before putting them in their nest box.

    Helping a kitten to eliminate

    #867856

    Kittyzee
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    I forgot to mention that if their diarrhea doesn’t seem to go away, have the vet check them for coccidia, which will require a stool sample to rule that out.

    #867866

    pussigato
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    you can mix in a bit of mineral oil in their formula and it can usually help them poop. It smoothes the way.

    #867988

    Victoria
    Participant

    Hey guys! Thanks for all the kind advice. These two really are the cutest kittens I’ve ever fostered, but oh my goodness their poop/butt drama is endless.

    After the initial vet-draining of Finn’s abscessed booty and my at-home draining of Darcy’s booty, all seemed well for a few days. They were very constipated, but I figured that would probably be due in part to pain aversion to pooping from their previous problems. They were both placed on ClavAmox by the vet to treat their URIs and their abscessed hineys. Once the swelling and redness was soothed, they both went like champs – giant, brown, toothpastey poop. I was overjoyed, and didn’t want to switch things up with their food since it seemed to be going well (they’re on liquid KMR).

    Welp, I spoke too soon. Today, both Finn and Darcy have had the Hershey squirts. It’s gross, it’s foul-smelling, and it’s certainly uncomfortable for them both as well. They seem well-hydrated and happy, and their tent-tests are fine. I’m going to start diluting their formula for the next several feeds 1:1 with boiled water so they can stay hydrated. They’re both still energetic, eating, and happy – but oh man, their liquidy brown poops are just vile. Who knew such stench could come from such small creatures. I emailed their vet in concern again tonight, hopefully they’ll be responsive tomorrow.

    As a side note….my first bottle-baby, Raja, passed away suddenly at age 4 a week ago, and I’m absolutely devastated. It has made caring for these little babies so much harder, because I miss my kitty so much. He was my baby, and my best friend, and the happiest point in my day. The emergency vet says she believes it was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Either way, I spent a huge deal of money on the late-night vet visit, and now not very much is left for the foster kittens, so I’m really hoping their diarrhea doesn’t require another visit.

    #867991

    Kittyzee
    Participant

    I am so sorry for the loss of your baby Raja. This is indeed heartbreaking, losing a cat that is only 4…in my mind, still just a baby.

    I need to mention, that I have always had problems with liquid KMR causing loose stools/diarrhea. Maybe it could be a simple fix of switching to powdered KMR. If not, then you will probably have to get them back to the vet to rule out coccidia…since you mention that it is extremely foul smelling. Please keep us updated!

    #868009

    Victoria
    Participant

    Thanks kittyzee. It really was such a huge loss for me, and I’m just devastated. He was my little best pal and my study buddy, and to lose him so suddenly and in such a traumatic way was heartbreaking for me. I consider myself so lucky to have these tiny cuties to take care of; they’re helping me just as much as I’m helping them.

    Which, an update. Switched back to goat’s milk, and it seemed to go down well with the kits. They drank a TON of it and then pooped giant, and I mean GIANT, formed stool. So yay! Normal poops at last! I’ll post some pictures soon, they really just are so adorable.

    #868013

    Moonshadow_NZ
    Moderator

    Doing the Happy Poop Dance.
    That is great news Vctoria and may Finn and Darcy continue to thrive and poop. Goat’s milk is wonderful.

    #868017

    pussigato
    Participant

    Oh, we do excited about healthy poop!

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