I have a MAJOR issue right now. I have just had to bury TWO kittens. They died within a week of eachother. No warning signs, they just died. One of them died back under a utility trailer, the other one I found by a drain pipe at the edge of the woods. Now, all I have is one left, a nice male tabby that I'm fixing to get snipped. One kitten was a nice little female with a great attitude, the other was a male and was always kind of flighty. But both of them acted fine, then I didn't see them for a day or two and like I said, found them both dead. They were about 4 months old and looked healhty, ate good, so on and so forth. I don't understand why they died. Their mom always had healhty litters and I always found homes for them (which is why I never had her fixed). I just don't get it. I'm wondering is it possible for a kitten to die by getting bit by a black widow? I live out in the woods, and I've seen about 30 black widows around the outside of my house, garage in the past 5 years. I keep the place treated, but living by the woods just attracts the little critters. I've seen at least 5 on that utility trailer and a few around that drain pipe (black widows love dark, wet places) and am wondering if anybody else has had this problem. The kittens weren't chewed so I don't think they got in a tussle with any racoons or possums (also frequent the area, but usually co-exist OK). These cats also loive playing with dobson flies (maybe flying-helgramites), beetles, and pretty much anything that crawls. Please gimme any advise you have. Also, what is a good hard food that'll help boost a cat's immune system? These are outside cats and have always eaten 9 lives, Friskies, so on and so forth, but recently only eat small portions. I used to fill their food bowl up and they'd eat it all in a matter of 5-10 minutes. Now, they eat for a minute or so, take a drink of water and thats it. Brownie (my final cat) is getting ready to have his shots and get fixed, so I'll have him checked out, but nay other advice would be GREATLY appreciated! THANKS!
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8/16/08 at 11:21pm