(Closed) Isolating new shelter kitten?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Hmmm. I know very little about respiratory illnesses in cats, so honestly I’d call the shelter or the vet again and just ask some more questions. What do they mean an “illness”  has been going around the shelter? Kennel cough? Something more serious? Did they say your kitten had it? Did they say that she would need antibiotics if she did? How often is she sneezing? My cat sneezes kind of a lot but isn’t sick (she usually just has water in her nose or litter dust or something) . . . Considering you have two cats, I guess I’d have the kitten checked out and maybe start antibiotics just in case?

In other news, it’s GREAT that your cat is showing friendly interest in the new kitten — I know that isn’t always the case!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would call the shelter and/or your vet and check with them 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes, your other kitty could have it from them playing. Block off the crack.

Call the shelter & ask them questions!! Ask them what type of respitory illness, do they know the name of it? & don’t feel bad for all the questions, you’re not wasting their time at all. Kittens with “the flu” can get seriously ill. My mom got 2 kittens with this & even with treatment, it was too late so if you catch it early, the chances of fast recovery are much greater! If your kitty is sneezing already, I’d get them on a natural antibiotic, such as Collodial Silver (the website below will say more on this). I’ve personally seen a few cats who have been on antibiotics for weeks with no sucess get the Collodial Silver & recover quickly after. You do NOT want to put them on man-made antibiotics if they’re not confirmed sick, it can lead to it becoming resistant & harder to treat. Collodial Silver can be used for a wide range of illnesses, basically it really bumps up the cat’s immune system… just don’t give them this if they’re on any other anti-biotics.

Any contact (I’m not a vet so don’t hold me to this!) can lead to spreading it. I believe it is spread by saliva… so kitten licks paw, plays with your cat, their paws touch, than your cat licks his paw.

MOST shelters give you a free vet exam at a local vet. You should take your kitten to the vet. The vet will also be able to tell you more info.

 

Here is what I looked up for you:

Check out this website, it has detailed info such as symptoms, how its spread, etc…. http://www.petfinder.com/pet-health/feline-upper-respiratory.html

& this is from another site…

http://www.holisticat.com/uri.html

Use precautions such as washing your hands frequently in warm water for thirty seconds after handling infected cats. After your cat has recovered from her upper respiratory illness, wash her bedding in hot water

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Two years ago we had taken in a stray who ended up having 6 kittens, and we already had 2 cats. We were a regular old crazy cat house for a while!  All of our cats ended up getting upper respitory infections and we were told by our vet that it is a cold like human colds, and sometimes it’s just in the air and they catch it.  You could keep them apart and your older cat could get the infection anyway.  We treated with antibiotics and they were fine.  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Two years ago we had taken in a stray who ended up having 6 kittens, and we already had 2 cats. We were a regular old crazy cat house for a while!  All of our cats ended up getting upper respitory infections and we were told by our vet that it is a cold like human colds, and sometimes it’s just in the air and they catch it.  You could keep them apart and your older cat could get the infection anyway.  We treated with antibiotics and they were fine.  

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