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Foster kitten really sick!!!!

post #1 of 15
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Oh my gosh!!! I woke up this morning to find one of my foster kittens, Sampson, really sick! He was just sitting there having trouble breathing! His mouth was slightly open, he was trying to breathe. I fed the babies, but he didn't eat, just sat there. I'm worried that he has pnamonia (sp?). I started him right away on Amox. I'm at work right now and am worried sick. Is there anything else that I can do to save him???????
post #2 of 15
Calm down Barb...

Is the mother ignoring the baby? If she is, you must be ready to let him go...I'm sorry but it's true, especially since he wont feed. Did you try syringe/tube feeding?

The absolute best thing to do is to rush ALL of them to the vet for a check up.

Good luck, sending you lots of positive energy!
post #3 of 15
No clue how to help. Just wanted to add my positive thoughts and wishes that he will be ok.
post #4 of 15
how old is the kitten?
you really need to get him to the vets asap as kittens will go downhill so quickly. hope he is ok , please update when you can
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Barblynnp View Post
Oh my gosh!!! I woke up this morning to find one of my foster kittens, Sampson, really sick! He was just sitting there having trouble breathing! His mouth was slightly open, he was trying to breathe. I fed the babies, but he didn't eat, just sat there. I'm worried that he has pnamonia (sp?). I started him right away on Amox. I'm at work right now and am worried sick. Is there anything else that I can do to save him???????


What is the age of kitten & approx. weight? Is mother present & nursing or are you bottle-feeding?

Amoxy. (antibiotics in general) are first-line of defense for infections...unfortunatley, they don't do a darn bit of good for viruses. I foster many a little one...can you call the person in charge & get an okay for a vet visit?
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
I called the person who I am fostering through and she didn't give me the ok to take him to a vet yet. He is only 6 weeks old and with his momma and sibblings. He only just started not eating today because he is having trouble breathing. I am at work right now and will be home be 3:00 to check on him. I hope he is ok.
post #7 of 15
im sorry but im confused , why wouldnt she give you the ok? at 6 weeks they can go to the vet , especially if the kitten is sick
post #8 of 15
[quote=Barblynnp;1605743]I called the person who I am fostering through and she didn't give me the ok to take him to a vet yet.

From one foster mother to another...been there, done that & got the "t" shirt!! Do not panic.


He is only 6 weeks old and with his momma and sibblings. He only just started not eating today because he is having trouble breathing.

I have a similar situation going on here now...have 5 little ones w/momma cat (babies are just 2.5 wks. old) and 1 baby is not nursing. Poor little baby is congested so badly that when he tries to nurse and/or bottle-feeds he can't breathe...little nose is so clogged up that it is hard for him to close his mouth.

So...what I have been doing is syringe feeding for now, have some nosedrops that I believe are called "Little Noses" which is very hard to do...nostrils are the size of a pin prick & got my hands on a nebulizer. Does your organization have a nebulizer that you can use? I only did it once last night but it seems that it loosened up the "gunk" a bit. If you can't get your hands on a nebulizer, I would take him into the bathroom w/you, close the door, and get that hot water blasting to create steam in the room. That should help in loosening up the "gunk".

If you have syringes, try some KMR (formula) so he doesn't get dehydrated...always going to the sides of the mouth, not directly in front.

Let us know how it goes when you get home...and try not to panic. I know it's hard w/these little ones...I must be totally grey under the blonde I have
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Well, thanks all for your words. I just got home and checked on him. He was sleeping with his brothers and sisters. He looked much better. Still very congested, but his mouth is not open. I gave him more Amox. I listened to his chest and it sounds clear (that God....I should have done that this morning!). I will get a syringe and feed him some KMR that way.

This is my first time fostering and boy am I learning a lot about kittens! I have never had small kittens before and never knew how one day they can be perfect and then the next they seem like they might not make it. VERY STRESSFUL!!!

Thanks, and I'll keep you posted.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
(that God....I should have done that this morning!).

ooops, I meant to type THANK God.....
post #11 of 15
I'm glad the little guy is feeling better.
post #12 of 15
I am glad that the little kitten is doing better.

I am sending hugs and prayers for you and the little kitten from Mississippi.

Please keep us updated on how he is doing.

post #13 of 15
aw thats great that he is doing much better
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Sampson is doing so much better! I think the Amox is working and I gave it to him in time. He is eating and playing like a crazy kitten!!!! Thanks for all your support.
post #15 of 15
thats great to hear.
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