Hey everyone, I have been hand-raising 2 preemies(doing great) and then 8 other orphaned kittens(I am with a local cat rescue). I had a very sad incident that occured this afternoon with one of my baby kittens that has left me confused and without any answers even after I spoke with my vet. At 12 noon I fed all the kittens their KMR formula, cleaned and stimulated them and they all went to sleep. (The kitten I am confused about was approx 10 days old, eyes just opened, I got him 4 days ago with his siblings). I have hand reared many kittens and can easily say they all ate well, none of them aspirated any milk or had any unusual symptoms or behaviors. At 12:30 I heard very loud mewing, one kitten was in severe distress, screaming and gasping for air. I tried to clear his lungs incase there was anything in them(nothing came out), I checked his throat for a blockage..nothing, he was gone in about a minute or less after I heard the first kitten screams, he turned blue so fast that I know something was happening with his lungs, became unconcious then his heart which was going SO FAST just stopped, I tried cpr but he was way too small. My vet thought he could have had a pulmonary something or another or collapsed lungs from an infection or fluid but he was so tiny she couldn't tell much else. He was totally fine all day and since I got him 4 days ago he had been the strongest of the bunch. Any clues on what could have happened that would kill a kitten so fast? The other kittens seem just fine, knock on wood.
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4/18/05 at 9:25pm