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Mr Squiggles (Mikey) is Sick

post #1 of 20
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Hello guys! I am new here. My first post. I live in Northern VA and now an owner of my 2nd cat. My first cat is heading near 2 years and she's quiet big and healthy and happy. But 3 weeks ago, I gotten a new kitten, Mr Squiggles.

(Bare with me for the long post)

Well, he's a happy little guy. Love him a lot! Active too and always wants to cuddle. The first 2 weeks have been great until sometime end of last week. He started to have diarrhea. It's not that bad, nothing inside but just poop. No blood, no mucus. It's yellow. So now we have him in a seperate room with his own litter box and food. The weekend has been going pretty much the same. I've contacted the shelter where I got him from, she suggested Fortiflora for him. Gave me 7 packs. I gave him his first dose yesterday, put the pack in a few drops of water, mixed it up and fed him w/ a syringe. By night time, he just vomited on the floor. It was his food, not liquid. OK, thought it was due to him eating TOO much food. So after he threw up, I let him rest 20 mins and gave him some soft food before going to bed. Woke up this morning, saw he threw that up too.

Now, as for his health, he's over 6 months now. He's been tested de-wormed and got neutered and been checked on 10/21 as per documentation from the VET. He has also been taken to vet regularly for check ups, such as blood work. Was told he was never sick, always been active. Has 3 brothers, 2 of them are adopted by someone else, I have him, and his 3rd brother is still at the shelter and playing around, happy, just like him. Except they're not sick.

I'm not sure what is going on with him. I'm just worried a little bit. I gave him his 2nd dose of FortiFlora this morning, before coming to work. I am watching him right now, will be all day, through my webcam that is set up in the room.
post #2 of 20
That was smart of you to set the webcam up.

Honestly, at this point if I were you I would be taking him to see my own vet. It could be something as simple as a change in diet from the shelter and the new food not agreeing with him, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Welcome to TCS!
post #3 of 20
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Thank you! Yes, she said the same thing. He m ight not be used to the food. Just didn't think it'd start up 2 weeks later. So the shelter owner said to give him fortiflora for 1 week and see how that goes, if still doesn't get better by the end of the week, I am going to take him to the vet. I waned to give the med a try. Have you used it before?
post #4 of 20
No, I haven't, but my only concern with it going on so long is that he may become dehydrated. I had something similar happen with my last cat and she did get dehydrated and had to stay overnight for IV fluids.

Someone with experience with fortiflora will probably be along in a bit.

Here are a few older threads that mention fortiflora:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...ght=fortiflora

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...ght=fortiflora
post #5 of 20
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Thank you. With the chance of him getting dehydtrated, would it be wise to feed him some water a couple times a day w/ the syringe? It's a small one, 1 ml amount, maybe squirt 2 ml at a time, twice a day?
post #6 of 20
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::UPDATE::

Just got home at 6:15, doesn't look like he ate much food. He did finish the little food I gave him. It was less than his normal food. I did see a string of vomit (Dried, looked like poop if you ask me but not sure if that's from him) But it looked very different from vomit if you ask me....Well, his water is still full so doesn't look like he drank much water either. So I just game home and fed him water through the syringe, 3 ml of water. Nobody said anything against it from my last post so I'm guessing that's fine. I will probably give him more water before I go to sleep in about 4 hours. Not sure what else to do at the moment. Oh, poop is still about the same.
post #7 of 20
check his gums [feel if they're 'sticky'] & pinch up his neck - if it stays tented, he's dehydrated [or if the gums are sticky-feeling] & probably needs sub-q fluids at least.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
check his gums [feel if they're 'sticky'] & pinch up his neck - if it stays tented, he's dehydrated [or if the gums are sticky-feeling] & probably needs sub-q fluids at least.
OK Good, not hydrated, I did what you asked me, twice just to make sure. It goes down. His gums are wet, not watery, but not dry. His tongue is wet as he is licking himself, those parts are wet. I gave him a little bit of dry food. Not gonna feed him much but give him small amount of food. I also was FINALLY able to feed him about half teaspoon of plain yogurt after he ate his kibbles and water The syringe really does help alot!

Here he is watching Lou Dobs. LOL (Taken an hour ago)

post #9 of 20
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Not sure what's going on w/ the old thread. Just gave me an error when I typed the last post and now it just won't work.

Here's an update. I tried the neck thing and saw his gums, and they're both normal. Gums are not dry and neck goes back to normal after I hold the skin tith with my fingers.

OK, so about 2-3 hours back, I fed him half of teaspoon of plain yogurt with the syringe. I wasn't able to do that before having the syringe. I hope that works. I did feed him some water earlier and now I just fed him 3 ml of water again. But I don't think he liked that very much as he was sitting there, looked like he wanted to throw up, kept gagging. I feel sooo bad right about now. Its bed time now but scared to sleep because not sure if he's ok. Maybe I shouldn't feed him water anymore since he's not dehydrated....

I'll continue to feed him fortiflora for the rest of the doses I have and give him some yogurt at night time before going to bed. Please let me know if that is ok? Thank you.
post #10 of 20
He's such a sweetie...just look at that last picture..would melt your heart.

The boards aren't treating me very well either...don't know what's going on.

I hope your kitty is feeling better soon.
post #11 of 20
Off topic BUUUUT, OMG FINALLY A THREAD I CAN SEE!!!!! (Fatal error messages) Why can I get to this thread and not others? I know that others are having issues too...

ANyways, I never saw your previous thread, whats wrong besides him not eatng? How long has it been since he ate? I would try KMR, he may drink it on his own-if not force feed it with the syringe... OH! Tuna, do you have any tuna in water? Or Fancy Feast? Those two can get a sick cat to eat sometimes....
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by KatKisses View Post
Off topic BUUUUT, OMG FINALLY A THREAD I CAN SEE!!!!! (Fatal error messages) Why can I get to this thread and not others? I know that others are having issues too...

ANyways, I never saw your previous thread, whats wrong besides him not eatng? How long has it been since he ate? I would try KMR, he may drink it on his own-if not force feed it with the syringe... OH! Tuna, do you have any tuna in water? Or Fancy Feast? Those two can get a sick cat to eat sometimes....
Oh no, he's eating. Problem is, he's eating TOO much. LOL He eats more food than my big cat, amazing. I am trying to get him to eat less now. I haven't been giving him that much food as usual. This morning, he looked fine, I didn't see any vomit anywhere, will have to check the rest when I go home around 2pm. As for his poop, still wet, but looked better. Was darker color and wasn't as soft. Maybe it's the FortiFlora or maybe it was the plain yogurt. Can't tell but gonna continue both if they're working, IMO. And we feed both the cats Friskies I think. But I'll have to re check that when I get home. I always get confused between that and Fancy Feast.
post #13 of 20
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**New update**

He's eating less and not pooping as much. I think the yogurt and med is helping as his poop is soft but not runny.
post #14 of 20
Thats great news, he's a little cutie.
post #15 of 20
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Sorry I haven't logged on in a couple days, nets been acting up. He's back to diarrhea again. I missed his yogurt last night and the night before....I also stopped FortiFlora. I think I am going back to both again.
post #16 of 20
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He stopped eating today. I forced some water on him for now. Vet appt at 3pm. Now I am pretty sure it might be worms. Will keep you all updated.
post #17 of 20
I hope he will be ok.
When my cats had tapeworms they ate alot except Meeko because it turned out she was very sick then with anemia and I almost lost her.
Coco got Drontal for worms and it worked great.
My cats have had the worm shots before also and they worked.
My Vet told me just use the pill because its way cheaper.
post #18 of 20
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Mr. Squiggles is gonna be OK
He's got round woms. Just got back from the vet w/ his medication.
One syringe .4ml of med today and the 2nd dose on the 22nd (2 weeks from today.)
He's gonna have his diarrhea for another 2 days more from what the vet said.
post #19 of 20
That is great news I'm so happy for you both.
post #20 of 20
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I just got to thinkin after I got home. Someone brought it up to me, that if the vet gave worm med for my other cat. Which they didn't. But even though I try to keep them seperated all time, they still use eachother's litterbox. Though I'm cleaning it every hour, I can't clean during night. Should I worry bout Samantha catching roundwarms from Mikey?
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