Saturday, May 15, 2010

Caturday Kitten Update

Because many of you are following Miles' tummy troubles and purring up 'good vibrations' for him, thought I would update everyone today. Besides the fact that I am also 'under the weather', with a cold that turned into bronchitis, and am under doctors care with antibiotics and an inhaler for my's been kinda a doctory weekend,so far!I am on the upside of my sickness now, I think.

Miles is feeling much brighter today, after having IV fluids for 24 hours. In fact, now he is a restless cage patient, digging up his bedding and tipping over every dish in his cage, and yelling 'Let Me-Out' to anyone in earshot, but he does settle down if you 'ignore' him, hahameow.

Over the past 24 hours, he has had Cerenia for nausea and has had no more vomiting. He now gets to start to eat small amounts of food, starting with Clinicare, a liquid food and a prescription canned food called Recovery. He liked the liquid food but only got about 5cc as he already has the 'squirts'. But he still doesn't want to eat on his own, but readily swallowed down 5cc of Recovery at 1pm, 3pm and 4pm.

This afternoon, I came into work and fed him 3 small feedings of Recovery with a syringe as it didn't look like he'd eaten much of his Smorgasbord that the vet had left him this morning. I think when the vet comes back at 6pm, he will be able to come off the IV fluids maybe? I may leave him at work another day, just so he can really rest.

But for his brudders...well, one by one, they have all come down with the same symptoms in varying degrees of severity. Carlos still wants to eat some, and I haven't seen him vomit, but Bosco and Zeus don't want to eat and vomited the 5cc of a/d canned food I got into them last night with a syringe. So far, Hiro is fine--eating and active, so I left him at home and brought Zeus and Bosco and Carlos in to work with me today.

I was able to give them their Cerenia and get 50cc of sub q fluids into them, and Carlos ate about 5cc of Recovery on his own, and Bosco ate a little bit on his own, too. They are now all bedded down on a fleecy bed with a Snuggle Safe heating pad underneath and when the vet comes in at 6pm, they will be examined and tested as needed, too.

So, we still don't know what made them sick, maybe a virus as they all have symptoms now. All the adult cats are fine, but that often happens even with a viral infection as their immune systems are more mature. And all the boys so recently had their neutering surgeries and that may have also stressed their immune systems to let something take hold. All the tests show no signs of parvo, parasites or bacterial infection. A sigh of relief for that!

We aren't out of the woods yet, but by tomorrow I am hoping that Miles is back to eating on his own, and that his brothers will respond like he did to treatment and bounce back quickly, too.

I am just glad that they didn't all head off to their new homes, and then get sick...that would have been terrible! And I am so fortunate to work for such a caring, giving vet that treats my cats as if they were her own and goes far beyond the extra mile for them...I mean, it's her weekend off, too and here she is playing 'emergency vet' for these kittens. Thank you, Dr E!


  1. We are purring that everyone gets to feeling better again!

  2. It's just terrible they are all getting sick, but glad they are getting treated and will be better soon...Purring loudly for their speedy recovery and wish the same for you, Teri...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

  3. We are purring and purring for you Miles!

  4. I am glad Miles is feeling better. It is good that he gets good care where your work. He is such a sweetheart.

  5. Thank you Dr. E and thank you Missie CurlieSwirlie Teri!
    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
    this is a pretty good uppie date and I am encouraged by this news that all of the kittens will recover from this naughty virus quickly!
    I hope Hiro does not get sick at all!
    I am glad that you are feeling better too!
    Big bonkies and hugs

  6. 12 huge purrs coming your way! Get well soon, kitties, your job is to eat, play and be cute!

  7. Thanks for the update. Here is hoping that both you and all the babies are much better tomorrow!

  8. We are sending purrs to Miles and his brofurs and hope all of them get well very soon! We hope you get better soon too!

  9. Get well soon sweet kitty babies!

  10. I sure hope tat everyone including you gets well soon!!

  11. Purring so that you all are better soon!

  12. Wow, we sure hope everyone is feelin better today! Purrs...

  13. Wow, you have a great vet! I might even like her (well, maybe not, LOL!). Am sending lots of purrs to the kittens and hope that with the good care they are getting, that they recover very soon.

  14. Oh dear Teri I am so sorry you are not feeling well and have a pen full of sicky baby kitties to worry over. We are glad that they are not off to their furever homes yet...we are wishing you ALL much healing and peace.
    Love Misses Peach

  15. Oh noes, I hope all those kitten tummies feel better soon. It is yucky having a sore tummy and the runny poops.

    Healing purrs to all.

    Poppy Q

  16. Oh dear! I am so sorry they are all getting sick. I hope all the bebbehs will get better quickly!

  17. my goodness; good thing i'm broke cos that first picture found my credit card in hand ready to fly and rescue that baby or crawl in that cage with him! What a face!!

    It's beyond awesomeness that you have such a great relationship with your vet. Clearly they all got the same stomach flu and as you said; good thing the symptoms happened now where they can be secure with you & familiarity while healing!

    And take care of yourself too! Goodness! What the heck is goin' on over there? Did you unearth something in your basement?

    All our loves, purrs & warm sunrays to all the kitties & Miss Teri too! xoxoxo


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