Post # 1
DH got a new kitten last weekend. He is 11 weeks old and the sweetest most gentle little thing.
Two days ago he started throwing his food up. He was very tired and acting docile. The next morning he was fine.
He has started throwing up again today, isn’t touching his food and keeps sleeping. I have an appointment at the vet in 3 hours but I am really worried. I’ve grown so attached to him.
It is really hot today so I have him in the cool loungeroom and he is asleep. I also syringes some water into his mouth because I’m afraid he is dyhydrated.
Any advice on what could be wrong? Some things I’ve read say kittens vomit when the are adjusting to the new home but others say go vet ASAP?
(I’ve typed this on my iPhone, sorry for any spelling mistakes)
Post # 3
Could be a lot of things. Worms can affect a kittens appetite, and make it tired and draggy. Respiratory infections (like colds in people) will also mess up appetites. Kittens are very smell driven- if they are congested and can’t smell their food, they wont eat it. Sometimes if you microwave their food a little they’ll smell it better and eat it, but I would definetely make a trip to the vet. At that age, they can go from a little sick to very sick in a short period of time.
Post # 4
Not really sure what’s wrong, but definitely work on keeping him hydrated until you get to the vet. Since it doesn’t seem like he is throwing up everytime he eats, it could definitely just be adjustment problems. If you need to keep is blood sugar up, give him a little bit of molasses, corn syrup, or even regular syrup on the tip of your finger. It doesn’t take much, but it could help since he’s not eating.
Post # 5
Sending love and light to your kitten! Let us know what the vet says!
Post # 6
I don’t know if you’re giving him milk or not. But if you are, stop. Kittens cannot tolerate the lactose in milk. It will give them diarrhea and make them vomit. Usually you can get something called catsip here the the states, don’t know if it is available in sidney, but you can probably find something similar. It’s made especially for a cats system.
Hope your kitty feels better soon!!! Please give us an update when you find out what’s going on.
Post # 7
I just got back from the vet.
He is pretty dyhydrated but no temperature which is good. The vet gave him a needle to stop the vomiting and a bunch of antibiotics.
I am keeping him isolated and watching him. I just want him to be better! Poor little guy!
Post # 8
Please keep us updated! Keeping little kitty in my thoughts and prayers!
Post # 9
I ran a cat rescue back in California and I’ll give you a little tip. You can preform what’s called a “snap test” to see how dehydrated a cat is (Works on dogs too, but FAR more noticable in cats).
Grab the back of their neck, the scruff, like their mama would. Pinch it with the fatty parts of your fingers and pull it up. Don’t dangle the cat, just pull it up so the skin is taught. Let go.
Does the skin stay up? Dehydrated.
Does the skin stay up, but slowly go back down? Dehydrated.
Does the skin snap back down to the cat’s body immediately? Not dehydrated.
Easy to do, and it can catch dehydration early.
Keep a small syringe (Like a baby’s medicine dropper) around and use it to ferry a few mL of water into the cat’s mouth every few hours. Make sure it’s room temperature, cats usually don’t like cold water.
Best luck to your little fuzzy wuzzy. I hope he starts feeling better soon.
Post # 10
I am sick with worry and am all teary- I love this little guy so much.
He has diahorea now, the vet said to expect that. I’ve been syringing him water and will give him medicine before bed. I put a little food out but he turned his nose up at it.
Any idea how to get him to eat? Should I leave the mince out or wait until morning?
Post # 11
Just keep up with the fluids and loving on him. Make sure he’s taking his antibiotics and not throwing them up.
DH’s cat was a feral birth, he has had him since two days. Make sure the pills are staying down, watch for temps/poops, and just keep an eye on him. I would maybe take him back tomorrow or wed to the vet just to be sure.
Have you named him yet???
Post # 12
His name is Dexter.
Thankfully the medicine the vet gave is liquid in a syringe.
The vet said to bring him back in early next week but if he is still unwell I will take him back sooner.
Post # 13
OH poor baby!!! I know it can be tough when any pet is sick 🙁 when I first got my new kitten (a few months back), We got him fixed and the anesthesia really took a toll on his little body!! He would actually go limp and almost stop breathing and I would kind of shake him to get him up and he wouldn’t right away, I though he was dying!! Oh my gosh it was the worst, we only had him for a week at the time but he was still my little baby. You did everything right though and he should be better in no time, but he is in my thoughts and prayers!
Post # 14
awwww i love his name. You sound like you have a great game plan. It’s so hard when they are so tiny 😀
Post # 15
Try microwaving some food, or if your vet has prescription food, ask them if they’ll give you a few cans of A/D food. It’s meant for cats who have stopped eating and is incredibly aromatic. It’s kind of expensive, but it could help. (It’s about 2 bucks a can.)
Edit: Also try cooking up some chicken breast for him. Cut it into tiny slivers and make sure it’s well cooked. You can moisten it with a little broth. Salt will help him retain water, too.
Post # 16
Thank you for all the advice, I will cook up a little chicken in the morning.
Im hoping we wake up tomorrow (Christmas morning!) and he has perked up.. My poor little man.