Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Kitten update

No pix, but I know many of you were waiting on news. Took Spottie and Dottie in to work (aka the vets) today and their exams were pretty good--no fever, no painful bellies, dehydrated though due to the vomiting, diarrhea and not eating.

We did a fecal smear on both of them and they had bacterial overgrowth but most were dead so the clavamox was helping but rough on their tummies. Their throats were red from vomiting and the soreness probably affected them not wanting to eat, too. No parasites seen in this sample either, none seen in the first sample tested 2 weeks ago, too.

So we gave them fluids under the skin (hard to do on a squirmy kitten and they yelped and cried so much so that I had one of the staff take mama Coco outside in her carrier and she was carrying on and stressed by their cries). We gave them Cerenia for the nausea and changed their antibiotic to Amoxicillin.

Tonight, they feel better and are playing. They ate well at work (Hill's a/d, a special pate that is easy to digest) but tonight at home, not so interested but will eat if I spoonfeed them and no vomiting but a little squirty poops.

They lost over 70 grams over the weekend (well instead of gaining 40 grams they lost 30 grams...) but tonight have both put on 10-20 grams, so I think they are going to respond to the new meds.

But if they aren't eating well in the morning, I will take them back for more fluids under the skin and spoon feed them during the day rather than being gone from them all day. I'll be sure to keep you posted!

Oh, about our fancy new cat tree, we first saw it on Modern Cat, and have been wanting it for over a year...it is expensive but very well made, easy to put together and came packaged very well and arrived without any damage.


and another ps: our furrend Admiral Hestorb mentioned that a kitty friend of hers was hypothyroid and had the same weight and behavior issues as Disco and so tomorrow I am taking him into work with me for a T4 test to check, as it is fairly rare in cats and something not routinely tested for. Unlike hyperthyroidism, which is quite common in older kitties.

The CB is a wonderful place where friends care for friends, isn't it!


  1. Glad to hear they are responding better to the new meds; they are lucky to have you...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

  2. Paws crossed that the new meds do the trick! Do keep up posted.

  3. Lots of purrs and healing Light to the babies, poor sweeties!

    That cat tree is the coolest thing we've ever seen!

  4. We are glad the babies are doing better on their different antibiotics.

  5. Purrs to everyone being healthy!!


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