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I lost another baby!

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
Got home from work today to find Hershey Kiss laying dead. She was fine this morning. I just don't know what happened. After I picked her up to look at her, and layed her back down, her Momma started cleaning her, as if to help me wake her up. But she was already cold, poor little thing.

There are some signs of diarrhea in their bed, maybe they have had it and Momma (Sugartoes) has been cleaning it up? Could distemper be in the carpet of that room from when it was a kitten room a year ago? What is happening to my babies? She was only 6 weeks old!

This is her fighting with her sister Smartie last week. You can see the lighter spots in her brown tabby fur. One ear looked like a tortie ear.

Same day, her brother Twinkie on top of her!

At three weeks, with brother Twinkie.

She will go for a necropsy tomorrow, and the two kittens I have left will see the vet. I feel numb.
post #2 of 31
Becky there has been a horrible epidemic lately of FVP I hope that your home has not been invaded by this deadly disease.
post #3 of 31
Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about this, I know you were afraid of fostering again for this reason. I hope the vet figures it out.

I'm lighting a candle for you and Regina/Dozen2lovs crew right now...

Just remember she had a good life, albeit too short.
post #4 of 31
i'm so sorry for your loss. The poor baby, I wish I had some answers for you or could say something to take away your pain.
post #5 of 31
Also Becky at this age necropsy's are really a waste of money. Sometimes you are left with more questions than answers-
post #6 of 31
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Originally Posted by hissy
Also Becky at this age necropsy's are really a waste of money. Sometimes you are left with more questions than answers-
The lady that runs the agency I foster for suggested it. They work with a couple of vets who gives them great discounts.

But I'm glad to have this advice so I don't spend too much time second guessing whether I should have sent Zero's body in. Hopefully if it is anything contagious they can figure it out and treat the rest of them.
post #7 of 31
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you my prayers.

post #8 of 31
I'm very sorry to hear that! You and your kittens are in my prayers! Love sent your way.
post #9 of 31
Sorry for your lost, but did all you could do and they knew what love was
post #10 of 31
Godspeed, sweet little HersheyKiss...she goes with a name & knowing the love of a good home. I'm praying for the others that you have left, and for you! I know it's painful to lose them, but at least they get to know the comfort of a home - I shudder to think how it might have been, had you not taken them in. Heaven is one star brighter tonite!
post #11 of 31
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss..
post #12 of 31
I am so sorry and I hope you can protect the other little ones.
post #13 of 31
So sorry to hear of your loss, and hoping that it was an isolated incident and wont affect the others.
post #14 of 31
God speed little Hershey Kiss
post #15 of 31
oh becky - I am so very very sorry for your recent loss

I have no words I can offer you - tonight I feel numb - please know that my thoughts are with you during this time even though words escape me

RIP Hershey Kiss
post #16 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much, to each of you. The others are fine this morning, and off they go to the vet today. I will be at work, dh takes them to the foster agency lady, and she will bring them to the vet for us. As soon as she lets me know anything, I will post.
post #17 of 31
Hi! I am so sorry! This is very horrible. I really hope the other kitties will be ok. Good luck! Good Bye!
post #18 of 31
I am so sorry to hear about your loss.. Poor little thing
post #19 of 31
Beckiboo, my crew sends my thoughts and prayers your way. We are dealing with distemper at the moment and hope that isn't your problem. Goodbye sweet Hershey.

Dozen2Luv (Regina)
post #20 of 31
Thread Starter 
Just got the call, vet says no distemper (FPV) in the remaining kittens. He checked them and their stool samples, they are fine. He is calling it fading kitten syndrome (3 of a litter of 5!). They got their first shots, and he did full bloodwork, they are healthy. He will do a necropsy on little Kiss's body later today and send out tissue samples just to be sure.

Thank you for all the prayers, kind words and thoughts, and the support. I am so happy to be getting the "kids" back this evening, and not to have to worry about them going through a recovery from an awful disease.
post #21 of 31
Oh my Beckiboo... 3 out of 5?? Those poor sweet souls.
Poor you also. I am keeping you and the remaining 2 in my prayers.
Please let us know what the vet says.


post #22 of 31
Becky, I am so very very very sorry. She is in peace with the others and cared for, happy. You are such a giver of pure love and so supportive to everyone else. I pray only for the best outcome with the others.
post #23 of 31
Becky I'm so sorry! I can't even imagine how I'd feel. I guess so far I've been pretty lucky, but then again all of my fosters have been between 7 and 12 weeks when I got them.

Hugs to you, and "stay healthy" vibes for the two little ones!
post #24 of 31
Oh Becky, I'm so sorry! I hope the necropsy doesn't show Distemper to be the cause. Losing 3 out of 5 kittens is horrible, I know.
I used to foster -- now that I know I have distemper germs throughout my entire 2800 sq ft house, I can't foster a kitten or unvaccinated adult for the next 5 years. I've learned that unless a room is "fogged" with a special disinfectant, distemper germs can live for up to 6 Years, and it's so easily transmitted I carried it from my foster room to the rest of the house on my shoes before I even knew it was there! I write this as a warning to anyone who does foster or rescue -- Beware! A necropsy is well worth any cost.
I do hope the other kittens grow to healthy & happy for you.
post #25 of 31
I'm very sorry for your loss. Hershey Kiss was a gorgeous little baby. RIP sweetie.
post #26 of 31
Becki, so sorry to hear this

Rest in peace little bub
post #27 of 31
Receive a big hug from us Dear Becky.... Our deep condolences.......RIP little one....
post #28 of 31
Sorry to hear of your loss, Becky. Thanks goodness the other wee ones are OK.
post #29 of 31
Originally Posted by rapunzel47
Thanks goodness the other wee ones are OK.
post #30 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thank you again for your kind words and prayers. It really does help to have friends who understand.

Monday my 5 y/o son Shane was playing video games in the kitten room. Twice he came running to me, because Twinkie was asleep on his side, and Shane was afraid he had died. The second time, Shane said, "When you pick him up, if he is stiff, that means he died."

The second time, Twinkie was so sound asleep, I didn't see him moving, so I touched him gently. I startled him so much that he jumped totally to his feet, wide awake! While I was glad to see him doing fine, I felt bad for startling him, and bad for Shane to have to worry so over our babies. But I was worrying, too!

I am more at ease now. Twinkie and Smartie are so cute together. They are growing up so quickly! When they are fully weaned, Sugartoes will be spayed, and she will never have to go through this again! She is a very loving, caring Momma, but I think she is physically depleted from her frequent litters, and just didn't have what the babies needed. It is time for her to settle down and just be a loving cat.

Again, thanks for being so caring!
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