(Closed) New kitten is sick? Really worried :(

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sending love and light to your kitten! Let us know what the vet says!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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 # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Please keep us updated!  Keeping little kitty in my thoughts and prayers!

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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 # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

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 # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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.

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