Caring for a Sick Kitten

I adopted a kitten on Aug. 29th and the following Monday had to take him back because he was very sick. They came and told me he has Panleukopenia. They are treating him now and I my other 2 inside cats got shots for this.

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I am going to get him tomorrow and bring him home to see if we can get him to eat. I went to see him Friday and he wants out of the cage. I am going to put him in my spare room. I really fell in love with him the two short days I had him. Am I wrong in wanting to bring him back home?

By 10catgirl from SC

September 14, 20090 found this helpful

You are absolutely right to want him home - unless your vet offers 24 hour care, you can observe him better at home. But do get your vet to show you how to medicate him at home. If he needs to get fluids with a needle, your vet can show you how to do it, or have you bring him in once a day for treatment. Force feeding's easy - put the food on your finger and gently put it on the kittens tongue. If he's survived this long, it sounds like he's got a strong will to live. Good luck.

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

Considering there was a gal on here a few months back that actually sprayed a hungry kitten with water after putting it in a cage for two day then hitting it, because it tried to nurse her dog. You are a saint to give this little angel every chance you can.

The only thing is, if it endangers your little ones already home, it's not worth the risk.Please let us know if it's ok?

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

I don't see why you can't bring that poor little baby home! Just ask your vet if it has been long enough since your other cats had the shot. Just like with people, it can take up to a couple of weeks for the immunization to kick in. Please let us know how you and your babies fare!

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

If you do get to bring him home and you need to medicate him, here is a tip for getting the meds down him: get a pair of baby blue jeans and cut off one leg, you can put him into the leg {of course, the larger open end} and it should hold him with just his head sticking out of the "foot" end of the jeans leg. {I know this works because I use this method}

Be sure to sit on the larger open end of the jeans so he can't back out of them while you are feeding/medicating him.

Most cats will not open their mouth for you to simply put the food on their tongues, you need to ask the vet to teach you how to open his mouth correctly---there IS a method that always works & you should know how to do it. It is also a good idea for you to know what the cats normal temp is and then you can monitor him better and will always know if he is getting sick by taking his temp.

Also, if any of your pets are getting sick it is a good idea to take up their water and put pedialyte in its place. {plain, unflavored} to help give them a boost.

There is also a high calorie paste that we used to give to sick animals who didn't want to eat---it keeps them from getting into a critical stage if you can get it down them, ask your vet about this; it should be available at any farm feed store as well. {make sure it is for cats and not cows! lol}

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

If he/she wants to come home, bring her home. Give the kitty some love, it'll be counted to you grace. Best of luck with the sweet kitty.

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

If your kitty needs medicine, call or ask around for a pharmacist who can flavor the medicine. My kitty, Tahlula, was sick and terribly underweight as a kitten and simply wouldn't eat and kept throwing up any medicine given (I was worried she would die).

However, I happened to mention that she wouldn't eat to the pharmacist and he absolutely saved me when he said he could flavor the medicine ( I can't remember - perhaps fish, or chicken or something). This worked like a charm and saved Tahlula's life. Please call around an see if some pharmacist or pet pharmacist might be able to do this for you.

Also, definitely try giving your kitten wet cat food as this has much more enticing smells for cats -- they may have soft stools but it is better than nothing to get them eating.

Once he/she is eating, I would switch to dry food as it is much more economical - yet, you can still treat your kitty to wet food. I give my kitties wet food once a weekend as a treat (they are always very excited). I add it to a little bit of dry food so the kittys won't gobble it too fast and throw up, or, get diarrhea from an abrupt switch in the consistency of the food. Good luck

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October 7, 20090 found this helpful

I just wanted to let everyone know that the kitten I brought home that was so sick is doing wonderful.

He has gained weight and is right now about to drive me crazy wanting out of the spare room I have him in. They say that he can not get with the other cats of mine until 26 Oct. I am trying to do that. I got my other 2 cats shots for this and they are fine. What would you do? Any ideas on whether to let him out or make him stay up until I take him back for his shots? Thanks for any advise.

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October 7, 20090 found this helpful

I am so pleased to know he's doing well! I know it must be frustrating for him and extra work for you but since your vet says not until October 26th then do not let the baby out of his room until then! October 26th is only 19 days away! I know that sounds like forever but it is the right thing to do! Hey, just imagine how great you'll feel that all your babies will be safe and healthy and how happy mister currently locked up will feel ;-) It's something to look forward to :-)

Oh, and thanks so much for updating because so many people don't bother to :-( Please update one more time? ;-)

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November 1, 20090 found this helpful

Just wanted everyone to know that my kitten is well and happy. Took him back to vet on the 26th and they were very happy to see how big he has gotten and that he was recovered from his illness. He is so well that he is driving my other 2 inside cats crazy. He runs them up and down the hall etc.

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November 1, 20090 found this helpful

You are the best to let us know your baby is home, happy, full of spunk and has a clean bill of health! I am so happy to hear he's doing well and I am giving you a hug for actually following through to let us know because so many people ask questions here and never share an outcome :-( Bless you!

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November 2, 20090 found this helpful

PS - I forgot to mention that the black marking under your baby's nose makes him look like he has a Charlie Chaplinesque mustache ;-)

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December 4, 20090 found this helpful

Want to let all know that my boy is growing and growing. Eats so much food that I should buy stock in cat food. He is about 6 months old now and a devil. I am so glad that he made it. He is wild but very loveable. Here is a picture of him with one of my other cats that he loves to chase. Zoe on the right is 6 years old and really big. I believe my wild boy might be bigger that her when he gets older.

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December 4, 20090 found this helpful

Your baby looks so happy and content and Zoe is adorable too! Thanks so much for another update and be sure to give another photo update when baby is full grown cause now I am going to be so curious if he ends up outsizing Zoe ;-)

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March 14, 20100 found this helpful

It is amazing that I have had this monster for 7 months now and how he has grown from the sick kitten he was. Jay is about 10 1/2 months old now. He loves to lay in the bathroom sink when he is not running after the other 2 cats.

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

This is great that you have posted another update! What a cute sink kitty he is and that's he's getting along with the two other babies but I can't help ask if he has he outgrown Zoe ;-) Just had to ask, LOL!

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

My little boy, went from a very sick kitten to a very large young man. He is 14 months old now and seems to be getting bigger and bigger.

Deeli, this picture is for you.

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July 21, 20100 found this helpful

You are such a doll for continuing to post update pictures of your now manly man for me you cutie pie! He is so adorable and long and handsomely lanky! He doesn't look as if he outweighs Zoe but I'll venture to bet he's larger than Zoe now

My mouth dropped open seeing your bedding! I have the very exact same comforter, pillow shams and dust ruffle! Purchased them from Penney's a decade ago and they still look brand new! So besides your love and affection for your babies I also love your taste in decor gal ;-)

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January 8, 20110 found this helpful

Well here it is January 2011 and I am happy to say the my poor sick little kitten is now a 20 month old kitten is a large healty monster now. He has almost tripled his size.

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January 8, 20110 found this helpful

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