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rfwc
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posted 12-29-2003 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rfwc     Edit/Delete Message
We adopted this kitten when he was a little over 8 weeks old. Three days after we got him, we woke up to him not moving at all. We rushed him to emergency and his glucose was at 8 (it is supposed to be in the 100's) and his body temperature was below 90 degrees, and he weighed 1 pound. The emergency vet said that in 15 more minutes he would have died.

He was put on antibiotics and steriods. And seemed to be getting well. Then in November we again had an incident where he wasn't eating and was sleeping all the time and not active at all. He was tested for feline luekemia and his glucose level was checked. He also had some scabs on him that were checked for ringworm. All of those tests came back okay. He was running a fever so they put him on antibiotics again. Again, he seemed to be getting better.

Now, it is the end of December and he has stopped eating again. He is very active though and am wondering if anybody has any other ideas.

We changed his name to Lucky since he almost died and we love him dearly and want him to be a part of our family for a very long time. Any input would be appreciated.

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Chessmind
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posted 12-29-2003 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. Welcome to the site. What did the vet say was wrong with him to begin with?
Also, how long has it been since he has not been eating and is he drinking?

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rfwc
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posted 12-30-2003 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rfwc     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the response. The vet never really found anything specific. They said that since he was a runt it was probably that his immune system just wasn't full strength yet. He didn't eat for 24 hours, but we took him into the vet yesterday, and he isn't running a temperature and all other tests were fine. They did look at his teeth and said that it might be related to teething, one of his teeth was really loose. However, this morning he started eating again, and is back to his old piggy self. That makes us very happy. Thanks again.

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posted 12-30-2003 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
I'm glad he's doing better now. Thanks for the update. It's always nice to hear some good news.

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Yahdah
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posted 01-01-2004 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yahdah     Edit/Delete Message
I find with kittens like this , a DIARY is a great way of recording the kitties 'episodes' may of great advantage in the long run.
Everyday ( if you have the time and patience ) record your kitties events, what it ate, drank, how much, did it go to the toilet ? what was it like ? (eg, diarroea, constipated, super smelly ?) did the kitten play much today ? what is his favourite toy ? did it go outside ? did it eat anything like a fly or a bug ? You'd be amazed what this can do in the long run.
Even the types of products you use on or around the kitty, like shampoos, flea products, worming pastes, everything !
A pattern could emerge that you had never noticed before, and a vet may even find it of great assistance in diagnosing a problem.

Any change in the kittens demeanor could be the first clue that something is not right.
Note all vet visits, what the vet said, the medications given, temperature, glucose levels, blood test results etc etc.... if you are not happy with your vets ability to help diagnose a problem, you can get a second opinion, and with all this information, you can save costs ! ( no need to repeat a test if you have the results !)

For the serious cat owner, these kittens or even sickly cats need constant supervision or observation. A keen eye is all it takes, and jotting down notes helps you having to remember every little detail.
This is pretty much what a vet nurse is responsibly for when your kitty is in hospital under 'observation' but you know what, no stranger knows your kitty better than you do, and you may pick up the slightest or most sublte change in your kitty that can be easily overlooked.

Good luck with your kitty and let us know what is happening !

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