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post #31 of 38
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Thanks for the update! You might ask the vet for some pain medication for a day or two, if the vet thinks it would be safe for the nursing kittens.

Yes, Baytril is nasty, but it is god medicine. I know you understand how important it is that she get the full course of meds. How are you pilling her? I might be able to help. Another option is a long lasitnig antibiotic injection called Covenia. I don't know if that is safe for nursing kittens either.

I think I'll do a little research.

<in edit> well I researched Convenia, (injectable antibiotic) and torbogesic (pain medication) and both say that it is not known if these can be used safely in nursing mothers.

rats.
It's just a liquid I give via dropper. I'm supposed to fill it up to the 0.5 mark and give it to her. Easier said than done. I have to put it waaaay far back in her mouth, then hold her mouth shut so she doesn't spit it out and massage her throat until she swallows it. Not to mention trying to hold her paws the whole time so she doesn't claw my eyes out. I have to do this twice a day. It's exhausting for both of us.
post #32 of 38
Oh, a liquid, bletch!

I hate those droppers, next to useless. Can you get a sryinge? Much more efficient!

Okay, does she like yogurt? After the dose, put a drop of yogurt (or some other wet tasty treat she likes, mayonnaise, butter, cream cheese, but yogurt is best since she is on the antibiotic) on her mouth and nose. she will lick the stuff off and automatically swallow.

Have it ready to hand, kneel on the floor with Mira between your knees facing out, cross your feet. This keeps her from backing away from you. Put a dot of the tasty stuff on her mouth and as she licks it off, pry open, put the sryinge (or dropper) back and to the side and shoot the stuff in, then quickly put more of the yogurt (or whatever) on her mouth and nose for her to lick off.
post #33 of 38
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Oh, a liquid, bletch!

I hate those droppers, next to useless. Can you get a sryinge? Much more efficient!

Okay, does she like yogurt? After the dose, put a drop of yogurt (or some other wet tasty treat she likes, mayonnaise, butter, cream cheese, but yogurt is best since she is on the antibiotic) on her mouth and nose. she will lick the stuff off and automatically swallow.

Have it ready to hand, kneel on the floor with Mira between your knees facing out, cross your feet. This keeps her from backing away from you. Put a dot of the tasty stuff on her mouth and as she licks it off, pry open, put the sryinge (or dropper) back and to the side and shoot the stuff in, then quickly put more of the yogurt (or whatever) on her mouth and nose for her to lick off.
I think that will work, actually. She has a thing for butter so I will try that first. I'll let you know how it goes.
post #34 of 38
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So I took the butter out and set it on the counter to soften it up a bit. When I go back into the kitchen, Mira has already found it and is helping herself. I took advantage of the oppurtunity and quickly grabbed her meds and squirted the dose in her mouth as she ate then I waited a few seconds and took the butter away. I don't think she even realized she took her medicine haha. I also went to the store last night and found a warm compress with a velcro strap, so when I'm home alone I can just strap it around her then go find her 20 minutes later and take it off. I gave it a test run last night and it works great.
post #35 of 38
All right!!!!! Her greed is her downfall hahaha!

Clever of you to find a way to keep a warm pack on! I'm sure you know this, but in case anyone who is reading does not, be very careful about the temperature of something like this before using it on kitty.

Please keep us posted.
post #36 of 38
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The abscess is closed up. There's just one tiny little scab left, and Mira seems to be in better spirits. I am still working on the bottle of Baytril I was originally given (I thought it was almost gone but it seems to be lasting). I warm pack it often, but should I continue doing it now that it's pretty much healed?

I had also mentioned that I wanted to begin transitioning the kittens to real food. I had intended to start with moist food watered down with KMR, but my fiance gave them a handful of the regular cat food last night while I was at work and they just went to town on it! I bought them a bag of kitten treats last night and they scarfed those right down too (whatever Mira didn't steal anyway)! I also put a pie tin filled with litter in their pen, no luck with that yet, but they are only 4 weeks old after all!

But the kittens are doing remarkably well, and their mommy seems to be back in good health. Now just to get her spayed...

Oh yeah, and I am keeping Missy and Callie! That's why I haven't been on here much lately; I've been trying to find time to better accommodate their needs. They are doing so well...Yay!
post #37 of 38
Thanks for the update on Mira. You can probably stop the hot packs, but keep giving the antibiotic until the medicine is all used up. Abscesses are sneaky things, and this way you will ensure that the infection is completely knocked out.

Glad the kittens are eating real food!

Sweep up their little pees and poops and put the stuff right in their litter pans. That will show them what the pans are for.
post #38 of 38
Go the KMR and wet food route for a few weeks. The extra nutrients will be good, you can also let Mira finish off whatever the kittens don't eat as it'll be good for her, too.
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