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HELP my baby kittys are dying!

post #1 of 17
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Please help me! My cat, shes an outside cat because my dad has allergies, just had her first litter of kittens. She had four of them. One of them was dead when I found them. She and her babies are now inside. Another of them was VERY weak. I thought he was dead, but when I wrapped him in a warm towel he slowly came back to life. His back foot started turning purple and unfortunately, that one passed away also. I did everything I could. I was such a mess when it happened. I don't think I can take another dying, they're like my own. I took them to the vet and he gave my cat a hormone shot and a tranqulizer. I have gotten absolutely no sleep this week. The two left were always very strong. The one has now started nursing on his own. The other kitten will suck when I hold him up to her. But, he's just getting so skinny! I can see him latched on to her nipple, and he's sucking but when he gets off of her, there's no milk around it. When the other kitten gets done there's milk everywhere. I don't know maybe he's not sucking hard enough. He's gotten very weak like the second one now. I have started giving him kitten formula in a syringe (he won't take it out of a bottle) but he does not want it at all. He will take usually half of the syringe. I try to feed him about every 2-4 hours. I still let him try to nurse from his mother also, just in case he is getting any milk. But now, when I went to stimualte him to go to the bathroom I noticed he was bleeding from his rectum! I don't know what to do. I'm so sad I don't want another one to die. My vet said there is nothing I can do but keep him warm and keep trying to feed him. The momma cat keeps moving the healthy one away from the one that's bleeding. Should I let her do this? I feel bad for the sick one because he is all alone and cries. Someone please help me! There has to be something that I can do! They are about 5 days old now. If someone could let me know ASAP before something happens to this one!
post #2 of 17
Do you have a rice warmer??

ALso maybe this could be moved to cats and kittens??
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yes, I have a heating disc my vet gave me that you put in the microwave to warm. It works great. So, I don't know, they're nice and warm though. Thanks for your reply!
post #4 of 17
It's good you've got a warmer - a cold kitten can't suckle. Also you might try putting a little karo syrup on it's lips - if it's hypoglycemic, that will give it a little energy.
post #5 of 17
Unfortunately with outside cats coming into contact with all sorts of germs, diseases, its a wonder any kittens survive! Obviously there is something very wrong with the kitten that is bleeding. I would take a hint from mom cat - she knows the kitten is sick.

Without knowing what the kitten may have, its safer to let the remaining one stay with mom and take the other one away. It will not last very long. You can take the kitten to the vet for him to put to sleep.

Please get mom to the vet for spaying so she doesn't have any more kittens.
post #6 of 17
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Thank you for your help. I'll try the karo syrup, do I put it on his tounge or just on his lips? I did let the momma cat take the other one and put it in a box. The sick one is now with the heating disc and towels. My vet is closed right now so I can't take him to get put to sleep, so I'll just keep him as comfortable as possible. I'm still trying to feed him and let him nurse just in case! I love him too much just to let him starve to death, but I do know that it doesn't look well. Thanks for all of your help.
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Originally Posted by kellbell0788 View Post
Thank you for your help. I'll try the karo syrup, do I put it on his tounge or just on his lips? I did let the momma cat take the other one and put it in a box. The sick one is now with the heating disc and towels. My vet is closed right now so I can't take him to get put to sleep, so I'll just keep him as comfortable as possible. I'm still trying to feed him and let him nurse just in case! I love him too much just to let him starve to death, but I do know that it doesn't look well. Thanks for all of your help.
Look here - I think put it on the gums, but I can't remember properly. This site is really good for all sorts of kitten things.
http://www.kitten-rescue.com/
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by kellbell0788 View Post
Thank you for your help. I'll try the karo syrup, do I put it on his tounge or just on his lips? I did let the momma cat take the other one and put it in a box. The sick one is now with the heating disc and towels. My vet is closed right now so I can't take him to get put to sleep, so I'll just keep him as comfortable as possible. I'm still trying to feed him and let him nurse just in case! I love him too much just to let him starve to death, but I do know that it doesn't look well. Thanks for all of your help.
Sending hugs and prayers from Mississippi for you and your kitties. Please let us know how everything is going.

post #9 of 17
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I have good news! The mommy cat moved the sick baby in with the healthy one now. (is that good?) Also, the sick baby has stopped bleeding, that is for right now. When I went up to check on him there was no blood! it did look like maybe there was a cut on his behind, is there something I should put on it? I'm not sure if its a cut though, it just appears to be one. Then, I always try to let the sick one nurse from mom before I try to give him the formula. Before, it never looked like his stomach got any bigger from nursing, however this time it did look like it got bigger! So I didn't give him any formula this time. Should his stomach get bigger on his ribs or behind them? Does anyone know about how big it should be? Thanks to all of you for your help!!
post #10 of 17
Well if mom has taken the one back, then let her feed/care for it. I would not worry unless she rejects him again - this may or may not happen. The tummy is behind the ribs. You want it full but not too round and puffed out.
post #11 of 17
Keep an eye on the sickly one and keep supplementing him with formula. Try and get a bottle, don't use a syringe. If you only have a syringe handy, don't clean it it hot or boiling water, warm water only. Hot water distorts the rubber and the syringe will stick. It is not normal for a newborn kitten to be bleeding from the rectum, so please keep a good watch on him. Make sure he can nurse because the healthy ones will push him off and he could fade away.
post #12 of 17
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I have a bottle, but he won't take it! He will start screaming and turning his head from side to side, and he won't suck on it to get the milk out. (he doesn't really want it from the syringe either, but if I put one little drop of milk on his tounge he'll swallow it.) I'm soooo worried to give it to him in the syringe though because I don't want to get it in his lungs! I HATE giving it to him!! I have been doing some research online. Could the little one have coccidia? He's only 5-6 days old though, and it said it would take 13 days to develop. If he does have that is there anything I can do? Can he be tested and given medicine this young? I don't want the other kitten to get it too, but the mom wants them together now. Should I just leave them together? I'm such a worrier! I just want them to be alright!
post #13 of 17
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Well, I took my baby kitten, Braveheart, into the vet today. We were going to try to tube feed him because over the night he got too weak to nurse from mommy and I was scared to use the syringe (I didn't want it to go into his lungs). Anyways, they ended up getting him to eat two whole syringe fulls of cats milk. When I got home I noticed he had started to bleed a little from his behind again. I cleaned it and got him warm, then I had to go into town. I got back about 3 hours later, and I went straight up and got him. As soon as I pick him up I knew he wouldn't last long. He started his little purr thing he did whenever I picked him up. I had held him for no more than 5 mins when he passed on while was holding him in my hands. Do you think he was holding on and waiting for me to get home before he died? I loved Braveheart so much. Please pray for Braveheart, me, the mommy, and Braveheart's sister! Thank you all so much for trying to help. At least he's not suffering anymore.
post #14 of 17
Oh I'm sooo sorry. I'm sure he was waiting for you to get back and knew that you did all you could. At least he wasn't alone. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
post #15 of 17
Awww am so sorry for little Braveheart - he did earn his name. And he's not suffering any more. He died in loving hands
post #16 of 17
you done every thing you could for the brave little baby. Hows the other baby doing?
post #17 of 17
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I just wanted to keep everyone updated on my other kitten, Hercules. He is doing ok. He seems to be starting to get weaker though. His stools are kind of mucusy, runny, and yellow. Yesterday he had chunks in his stool! I think he was eating too much from mommy, but I'm not sure. His poor little but is all red and raw too! I read on a website to put some olive oil on it, so thats what I've been doing. He sure does look like a chunk compared to what the other ones looked like! Does anyone know why his stools are weird? I'm started to get a little worried about him now too!
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