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post #1 of 28
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2 of my kittens are having a problem. About 5 days ago their little butts were (as I learned on here) prolapsed. Their butts were red and sensitive. They never had loose stool though. It was more like they were constipated. Anyhow, I have been putting vasoline on them.And it seems to have worked great. Their butts look like they feel better. But..... now their poo is like mucosy. No blood though. They play and eat great.
But also.. the runt woke up this morning and her right eye was closed shut with green stuff. It has been a little watery the past few days but only that. Watery.
I just got Lilo fixed yesturday and these past few months I have been in and out of the vets b/c Garfield was so sick when we got him. I have NO money to bring them to the vet. I called the vet to see if I could get a discount by bringing both kittens in and they said it would still be $21.00 for the exam for EACH kitten. Thats $42.00 just for their exam. Plus whatever for medicine.

I am getting ready to open a restaraunt in Lousiana so we are getting ready to move and I just don't have the money. Maybe for just the meds. but thats it.

Any advice on what might be wrong with them??? And what I can do??

Thanks, Sarah
post #2 of 28
The mucosy poo could be worms, but only a vet should treat them, and maybe not yet as they are so young. Apart from a warm wet cotton pad on the eye to soften the muck and very gently wipe it away I don't think you can do anything else by yourself. If it is infected the kit needs a vet.
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by jennyranson
The mucosy poo could be worms, but only a vet should treat them, and maybe not yet as they are so young. Apart from a warm wet cotton pad on the eye to soften the muck and very gently wipe it away I don't think you can do anything else by yourself. If it is infected the kit needs a vet.
Ohhhh worms??? So I dont have to see any worms? They have never been outside.
post #4 of 28
kittens don't have to be outside to get worms. With their young age, they should be seen by a vet. I bet if you tried you could come up with the money needed to bring them into health again.
post #5 of 28
Especially as your other cats have had so much trouble, I wouldn't take the chance..
I would take them in straight away.
And no, kittens don't have to be outside to have worms.
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by Big-Cat-Fan
I have NO money to bring them to the vet. I called the vet to see if I could get a discount by bringing both kittens in and they said it would still be $21.00 for the exam for EACH kitten. Thats $42.00 just for their exam. Plus whatever for medicine. I am getting ready to open a restaraunt in Lousiana so we are getting ready to move and I just don't have the money. Maybe for just the meds. but thats it.
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by coaster

What????!!!!
Is there a problem with that? Is there a problem with me saving for 8 years to open a restaraunt?
I have spent over $500.00 in the past 3 months at the vet. So dont shake your head at me!!! I am sick of people judging me. I take care of my cats. I have done more than most people would even do for their cats. I could be one that lets my cats outside with no flea medicine so they could be infested with fleas. Or I could just sit on my a55 all day instead of searching for the BEST food for them. You dont know me. And you dont know what I have been through.
So... do not shake your head at me.
I came here for advice. Not to be put down by someone who doesnt know me.
post #8 of 28
My vet won't charge for an office visit if one of the vet techs looks at my girls instead of her. The vet techs at this office are able to run tests for worms, etc. without any vet involvement. This saves me a lot of money!! Can you call around and see if there is a vet who offers this as well? The vet techs seem absolutely cabable of taking care of routine problems and I've never had a problem with anything they've done. The only thing I have to pay for is the testing, assuming there isn't something seriously wrong. A lot of times these things are just simple and can be taken care of with a simple test and some drugs.
post #9 of 28
Sarah don't take this the wrong way?!.

If i was in your situation and had to find the money for the vets, and like Hissy said i bet you could come up with the money some how, so this is what i would do.

For a few weeks i would sacrifice my quality time with my friends on a friday night and stay in, i wouldn't do any retail therapy on a saturday(and i love my shopping!), i would get my hair cut 8 weeks instead of my usual 5, and if i had to live of baked beans and toast for a few weeks then so be it.

Doing something like this won't be forever, so is there any little luxury that you could cut out for a few weeks and you'll be suprised at the money you save!.
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
like Hissy said i bet you could come up with the money some how
post #11 of 28
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Absolutly, if needed. That is why I came here. Because I didnt know if their symptoms where something serious or not. All I needed was for someone to tell me that they are serious and I will find a way to get them there. I do not neglect my cats of treatment (if needed).

And also, I have no luxeries. I have not for a long time. That is how my husband and I have saved for a restaraunt.
Where I work now though we have something in spanish called "Vale" which is where if we need emergency money we can borrow it and pay it back a little at the time.
post #12 of 28
The seriousness is the age of the kittens along with the symptoms.They are so vulnerable and if they are becoming dehydrated or have a bacterial infection going on you need to know. No one on the internet can tell you with certainty what it is. What they will tell you is that a vet should be consulted.

Talk to your vet and ask about payment plans. Unless you have been late with payments in the past, most vets will hold checks for you, or work out small, easy to manage payments. You need to talk to the office manager though, not the vet.

Good luck- and as always when you post in a public forum like this, as busy as it is, you will find people eager to offer opinions and judgements without knowing all the facts. As long as you put your cat(s) welfare first, no one should fault you.
post #13 of 28
No ones saying your neglecting them sweetie, far from it.

I would try and think of something that you could cut out or cut back on for a while rather than have to borrow money

Even if you bought the cheapest brand of coffee etc...
post #14 of 28
do u have an ASPCA or a humane society they often have vet clinics that arent as $$ ... My vet will do payment arrangements ... I would dip into the emergancy money , those kittens need you ...
post #15 of 28
Since both kittens are having the same symptoms, just bring one in. Usually, if it's something like worms, all the cats in the home have to be treated anyway, I believe.
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by sharky
do u have an ASPCA or a humane society they often have vet clinics that arent as $$ ... My vet will do payment arrangements ... I would dip into the emergancy money , those kittens need you ...
That is just the thing though.. I now live in a very small town and we only have 2 vets here. Neither one (I have found out the hard way) are very good. They only seem interested in my money. When I call them before I even get the chance to explain to them whats going on.... they tell me to just bring them in.
No we dont have naything here but an animal shelter that is horrid and 2 not so wonderful vets. That is why I come here.
I already borrowed some money and I am going to bring them both in in the morning.
I will let everyone knows what happens. Thanks.
post #17 of 28
Let us know how the vet visit goes.
post #18 of 28
I got a kitty from a farm a while back and his eye was gross looking, I kept taking a warm wash cloth to his eye everyday twice a day and about a week later it was gone. Just weird.
post #19 of 28
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Okay just got back from the vets.

I brought both kittens but I gave him a sad story about how much I have spent there in the past 3 months.
I asked for a payment plan but they dont do that anymore. So I told him that I brought both kittens but if he could just look at one to save me money. He knew I really wanted them both checked but just couldn't afford it.

So... he checked them both and only charged for 1 exam!!!!
Also, he said since Garfield had coccidia (which I dont know why he would even consider this is what it is) he gave them each an Albon shot. Which cost $14.00 each. He only charged me for 1!!!!
Also, he gave me enough worm medicine for all 6 kittens for $4.00!!
Total cost..... $38.40.
I pretty much got 1/2 off the bill.
See it pays to give a sad story (when needed of course)
post #20 of 28
Also, he said since Garfield had coccidia (which I dont know why he would even consider this is what it is) he gave them each an Albon shot. Which cost $14.00 each. He only charged me for 1!!!!


Coccidia is pretty common in most kittens when they have excessive diarrhea. It doesn't always show up on the stain either, so most vets as a precaution will treat for it, because it can sap the strength of a kitten quickly without treatment.

Good job! That vet deserves a round of applause!
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by hissy
Coccidia is pretty common in most kittens when they have excessive diarrhea. It doesn't always show up on the stain either, so most vets as a precaution will treat for it, because it can sap the strength of a kitten quickly without treatment.

Good job! That vet deserves a round of applause!

Thank you hissy!!
I feel much better. And it was a blessing to get it cheaper!! Thank you for you and everyones advice and support.
post #22 of 28
Great news - I hope all the little kitties are feeling strong and well soon.

That vet deserves recognition for the caring approach shown.
post #23 of 28
Glad it worked out well for you
post #24 of 28
I'm so glad you were able to take them to the vet and get everything figured out. Bless your vet for his kindess!
post #25 of 28
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Thanks to everyone.
I my babies. my big ones and my little ones. Also, my human ones...

I just want everyone to know that your kindness and support has helped me so much.

THANK YOU>>> THANK YOU>>>>> THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
post #26 of 28
Awwww there you go! Sounds like you have a lovely vet

I'd be no good at being a vet because i'd be telling everyone to put their money away!
post #27 of 28
That's WONDERFUL news!!! Your vet is awesome! I'd be sending him a card for that!

I'm so happy for you. That is a blessing!!! Glad to hear everything's going well!!!
Have a great day!
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
Awwww there you go! Sounds like you have a lovely vet

I'd be no good at being a vet because i'd be telling everyone to put their money away!

LOL
Yea me too!!
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