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post #1 of 17
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Today, while feeding Aurora, the 16 da old kitten that I rescued when she was merely 2.5 days old, I noticed something VERY horrible!!!! I almost cant type it. She has.. a big bump under the right side of her jaw, sort of like the area that you feel on yourself to see if your glands are swollen. It is swollen, and she doesn't purr as often anymore. I cant afford a big surgery!!! What happened to my kitten?!
post #2 of 17
I can't say what happened to your kitten but she needs to see the vet ASAP. I hope it is not a serious problem.

Hugs to you and Aurora.
post #3 of 17
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BNP. An eye drop I astarted administering yesterday morning- some cats are hihgly alleric to it I just read. I am assuming this big lump is a reaction. I cannot see a vet at this time. I am hour away from one, let alone my vehicle crapped out last night on me!!! I am starved for home remedies. Ever heard of Reactin- it is a human allergy pill. I am almost gettng to the point that I am going to cut this tiny pill in half, mush up just the one half of it, and mix it in with the 12 hours worth of Mammalac kitten replacement she gets every 3 hours. That way the dosage will be very low, but stil there!! Help..
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Hayabusa View Post
BNP. An eye drop I astarted administering yesterday morning- some cats are hihgly alleric to it I just read. I am assuming this big lump is a reaction. I cannot see a vet at this time. I am hour away from one, let alone my vehicle crapped out last night on me!!! I am starved for home remedies. Ever heard of Reactin- it is a human allergy pill. I am almost gettng to the point that I am going to cut this tiny pill in half, mush up just the one half of it, and mix it in with the 12 hours worth of Mammalac kitten replacement she gets every 3 hours. That way the dosage will be very low, but stil there!! Help..
Do not give your cat medications meant for humans without checking with a vet. Cats react very differently to medications than humans do. A drug that is safe for a human may kill a cat.

Can you call a vet and explain what is happening to your cat? Some vets will give advice over the phone. It's worth a try if you really can't get to a vet.

It's wonderful that you rescued this tiny baby. I hope she gets better soon.

What are you feeding her? Is she able to eat and drink? Is she peeing and pooping with your help?
post #5 of 17
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We are from a small town, if you call the vet office, you just have it ring off the hook if it is after hours. Really no emergency after-hours number, and I dont know her name. We are feeding her kitten milk replacement mammalac that we got from the vets office two weeks ago. And yes she is going to the washroom just fine ... although she does wet herself in her sleep sometimes, but she gets very regular bathing etc. The swelling of the neck is still there, and we have thrown away the eye drops, No more of that icky stuff for her.. I just hope she lives through this.
post #6 of 17
OK- I'm glad to hear she's been to the vet. That's a good start. I would get the name of the vet you saw- do you have a receipt or other paperwork with the name on it- and call in the morning.

I just did a Google search on swollen lymph nodes in cats. I'm not saying this is what your kitty has but it's a start for you to read about what might be wrong. Here are some links for you. Do you know if the vet tested her for FeLV-feline leukemia virus or FIV-feline immunodeficiency virus? One symptom of FeLV and FIV is swollen glands. I don't want to frighten you. Her problem could be something very simple.

Good luck and hugs to you and your kitty. Let us know how things are going with her.

http://www.cureresearch.com/sym/swol...s.htm#possible
http://www.animalhealthchannel.com/FeLV/symptoms.shtml
http://www.animalhealthchannel.com/fiv/
post #7 of 17
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Well, after giving the BNP eye drops for goopy sticky eyes, I came to notice a website (later that night of the first set of three drops) that said that BNP, the eye ointment I purchased, has caused several deaths due to cats being allergic to it. The website advised that we watch for respiratory problems.

SOOO the next morning I was bathing Aurora after feeding her and helping her do her business (Dont forget she is only 17 day old abandoned kitten) she was all drippy wet and I went to dry her- I noticed something horrible. No, it wasn't her breathing, as she seemed to be breathing okay..but what it was is a huge swell in her gland region on her neck. HuGe. I freaked out, as my friends grandpa has just recently died from cancer, and he had a huge swell on his neck. He was very close to me. So I freaked out thinking it was cancer when it hit me- The eye ointment! Maybe she is allergic!! So I cut off the eye ointment, (Luckily she had only had a total of 4 in one eye, and 2 in the other) in hopes it would go down. Today.. I noticed she has one on the OTHER side as well!! It just appeared over the night, as it wasn't there before. So I called the vet and made an appointment.

Have her in your prayers, as I cannot afford a sugery or anything very expensive at all!! And the appointment alone is 50 bucks. I can barely afford a car payment right now as I just changed jobs. I am scared for her, but I believe in her strength She may be only 17 days old, but she is very strong willed.

I will update ths thread after I return (The vet is well over an hour away.. as the vet that is in my hometown has a VERY bad rep with any type of animal sfor example: Her -own- cat died while being spayed. And that was about the 3rd in one month, not to mention the issues with other animals, and this is a very very very small town, so that is quite a bit.)
post #8 of 17
Thoghts and prayers to you and little Aurora and major vibes that it's nothing serious.
post #9 of 17
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*Sigh* ell, I have an appointment for tomorrow morning with the vet I use for my dogs, and when I was looking up FeLV, it sounds almost dead on. How expensive will this be to help!? Is the answer to put my girly down?
post #10 of 17
I had kittens that had the lumos under their throats and they had Panleukopenia. Just to warn you, get them to the vet asap.
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
Jen- What was the treatment? Pills, injection? How much did it cost? Is it painful for them? What were their other symptoms? Did the vet know only after blood/saliva tests? And dont worry, the appointment is set for tomorrow morning asap. Your information means a lot to me!
post #12 of 17
I'm glad you have an appointment with the vet. Let us know what happens. More hugs to you.
post #13 of 17
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Thank you all very much for your help!! We are back with news from the vet. He thinks that she has a kidney and maybe a bit of liver infection, thus causing the swollen lymph nodes and discharge during urination. He said her kidneys seemed too large for her age. Indicating a swelling or infection. So Aurora was precribed a broad spectrum antibiotic called Clavamox Drops. She only gets the tiniest bit of it each time, and it is twice a day for 2-3 weeks. I should notice the swelling of her lymph nodes going down after a while of using it he says.
post #14 of 17
I'm so glad the vet thinks Aurora's problem is a simple infection and not something worse. Did the vet take a urine sample or do blood work?

I hope she takes the Clavamox willingly. Are you putting it in her food or using the dropper to put it directly in her mouth.

Get well soon vibes and positive thoughts to you and Aurora.
post #15 of 17
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She gets such a super tiny amount that I will just administer the drop to her straight with a dropper right before she eats, that way she will take it willingly. He took a urine sample, but didn't say what he was doing with it, or if he would contact me. It was the first time I used this vet, usually I use the female vet there but she was busy with an emergency.

Supposedly, as I was told by a close friend on another forum, the Clavamox may cause vomitting and lack of appetite but is otherwise a great broad-spectrum antibiotic. And the funny thing is.. that only 4 hour after the first drop, her appetite (Which was lacking severaly before the vet visit) was crazy! She drank so much I couldn't help but laugh in happiness. My baby is getting better, I can sense it.
post #16 of 17
I'm glad to hear Aurora is taking her medication and getting better.

The vet will want to test her urine sample for bacterial infections and any other kidney problems, especially because her kidneys are enlarged. I'm sure he'll call you if there is a problem.

Two of my cats have taken Clavamox for urinary tract infections. I didn't notice any problem with their appetite or vomiting but they both had mild diarrhea. That's important to watch for with your little one. Be sure she keeps drinking water so that she doesn't get dehydrated. The diarrhea was gone within two or three days after they stopped taking the Clavamox.
post #17 of 17
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Thank you very much. I added you as a buddy by the way! Lol.
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