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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I thought I would start a new thread as the other one was so optimistic and I am hoping someone with more experience than me with starving kittens might read this.
I am really worried today about the smaller of my two street-rescued kittens, Napoleon. I thought this morning he was doing well, playing with his much bigger brother, but he has gone downhill suddenly, from about 11 AM. Not eaten all day, just lain around, not cleaned himself and I have started syringe feeding again. It has been 12 hours of this now and though I am not panicked I am concerned. There is no sign of jaundice, but I think I was probably too optimistic about the time line with him. I looked up lipidosis on the forums and saw that some people had force fed their cats for up to 7 weeks before self- feeding kicked in. I thought he was eating but I was probably not monitoring closely enough the last couple of days to ensure he got a fair share. I will see how he is overnight and take him in if he is not improved by morning. I will feed him through the night as I did the first few days they were here. His brother is improving by leaps and bounds, and has a good appetite, still very very thin but not the emaciated look he had.
post #2 of 22
I have no advice but I've been keeping up with this story and was sad to see this. I'm sending good vibes and good luck for poor little Napoleon.
post #3 of 22
Just sending wishes for this little one to become healthy and well. Hope he begins eating for you...sometimes with Patrick just one or two sessions of assist-feeding gets him going again to eating on his own, though he continues to need encouragement to eat.
post #4 of 22
sending and prayers..
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
I fed them once during the night, probably more for my peace of mind than because they desperately needed it, and they were fine. This morning Napoleon has eaten some chicken on his own, going back to the bowl to finish it ten minutes later. Then he had a poop. And now he is playing with Wellington. Maybe he just tired himself out yesterday morning when I took them downstairs? I think I will let them stay in my room today, bigger than 'their' room but not so exciting as the living room, and play with a few things here. I am probably worrying too much, but he really looked unhappy yesterday.
post #6 of 22
Oh Jenny i've just caught up with this now

Awww he might have just been feeling a little "off"?!. It sounds as though he's ok this morning though.

You watch i bet he'll grow to be bigger than his brother
post #7 of 22
I don't know what to advise you 2 steps forward and one step back. I hope Napoleon improves!!
post #8 of 22
It's great that you are so observant with the little guy. Sounds as if he's feeling better, whatever was wrong. I'm happy to hear this!!
post #9 of 22
Glad to hear the little guy's doing better. Sending good vibes his way.
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
They have both been OK today, though I have been out much of the time and could not observe everything. But they played with me tonight, Wellington more than Napoleon, who I think just gets very tired easily, and they are both eating and pooping (so much poop I can't believe it!). Wellington now understands the word 'no' and leaps down from whatever he is doing when he hears it (in a potted plant, chewing flex, knocking CDs on the floor etc). He will be a lovely house cat for someone.
post #11 of 22
Good healthy appetite and energy vibes for Napoleon.
post #12 of 22
Awww their two little sweeties those two!

It's great to hear when they poop ok
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
I was worried yesterday when I saw Napoleon doing a poop that had blood and mucous in it, then scooting all over the floor, so I took both kittens to the vet this morning, plus fecal samples. Yuk!

Anyway, Haris will keep them overnight, run the right tests on the samples and start treatment. Obviously we have missed some parasites, not really a surprise. AND he will neuter them both - that is a great relief as I thought he would not do it yet. So one less thing to worry about.

The other good thing is that someone I know has offered to foster them both for the time that I am away, which is great. I was not happy about the arrangements I had made for leaving them at home, and I know they will be safe with Tom and his wife. They say they cannot offer a furever home but are happy to catsit. Tom is a missionary here, and I have in the past said bad things about the typical missionary, but I take it all back.
post #14 of 22
Oh excellent news Jenny!!! I have to admit i feel better knowing someone you trust will look after them while your gone

Will your other kitts be ok with your housemate?.

Poor little Napoleon bless his little cotton socks he'll get that tummy sorted out eventually wont he ut thats great that their being neutered as well.

You can enjoy yourself now!
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
The others will be fine - Amanda has looked after them before and she will curb John's wilder instincts about letting them out all night! But I came home yesterday and she had the two little ones in the living room WITH the other cats, although they have not been FIV/FeLV tested yet and have upset tums - I will bring the test kits back from France. People just don't understand. So I feel much happier this way, separating them all and lessening the responsibility.
post #16 of 22
Aaaaargh!, they don't realise do they, although she probably thought she was doing no harm

I'm pleased the other kitts will be ok though
post #17 of 22
for the little ones.
post #18 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by rosiemac
Oh Jenny i've just caught up with this now

Awww he might have just been feeling a little "off"?!. It sounds as though he's ok this morning though.

You watch i bet he'll grow to be bigger than his brother
post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 
I feel bad for them, back in the cage at the vet tonight. Last time it took three baths to get the smell off them. But I know it is all for the best, and I can spoil them tomorrow night before they go to their foster home for ten days. It is funny, the girls know they are gone and are playing like their lives depend on it - all their tension has gone!
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
Nothing is ever simple! I took Wellington and Napoleon back to the vet yesterday for their tests and neuter, and sent a text this morning asking when they could be picked up today. Haris now wants to keep them in a couple of days at least as they have a bad worm infestation, and he wants to get them better before doing the neuters. I have arranged a foster home for them as of tomorrow as I fly out then for ten days, and the foster family don't have a car. So I have to find someone who can pick them up when they are ready and deliver them to the family, who may have to medicate them too! I have not been able to ask yet what parasite they actually have this time as they have been treated for roundworms twice and tapes too. But I must keep a watch on the girls in case they have caught anything. These poor kits - I wish I knew where they came from as they seem to have everything. The more I think about it the more I am sure someone dumped them here, the usual feral cats around here (and I know them all) are not in such bad condition and there has been no mother cat in the garden or field who could have had them.
post #21 of 22
Oh Jenny if it's not one thing it's another! Oh i really hope you find someone to pick them up and medicate them

It's a pity Haris couldn't look after them for you, then at least you know they would be in excellent hands.

The poor little mites Thank goodness you saved them
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by jennyranson
The more I think about it the more I am sure someone dumped them here, the usual feral cats around here (and I know them all) are not in such bad condition and there has been no mother cat in the garden or field who could have had them.
It is no consolation, but in life, I'd rather be known by strangers as someone who would care enough, and be determined enough, to find a way to save these two. Surely they have a bit of luck on their side, to have landed in your care.

Have a good trip, hopefully, you'll find someone for whom a simple car delivery of the two is not a problem.
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