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Litterbox drama

post #1 of 20
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The kits are six weeks old tomorrow and they use the litterbox like a dream....that is of course they deside to use the bathtub instead. Well my problem is...they also sleep in the litterbox too. They have a bed and all sorts of snuggly stuff to sleep on but they choose the box.

Please tell me this is a fad and I wont have to warn their adoptive parents about their toilet sleeping habits.
post #2 of 20
i had a few when I was little that did this and soon they stopped. If correct once mom let them be and stopped nursing.
post #3 of 20
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Thats another thing... the little grimlins have bitten poor Angies nipples completly off so they no longer have a way to nurse. All she has left are little nippleless bloody nubs I didnt think it was that big a deal since they are doing great on canned food and even starting to crunch the dry kibbles.

I really hope they do stop sleeping in their own poo.
post #4 of 20
I hope you are joking when you say they have bitten her to the point of actually wounding her ... you ARE joking, right?
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by gayef
I hope you are joking when you say they have bitten her to the point of actually wounding her ... you ARE joking, right?
If this is not a joke, take her to vet immediately. She is at risk of infection.
post #6 of 20
*nods* Yeah... Cat bites can get infected. Even if they are from cute little kittens.

The vet can probably clean the bites and make sure Momma doesn't get infected.
post #7 of 20
Is mom ok. SHe has no nipples at all. SOunds like they chewed on he not nursed...
post #8 of 20
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No I wasn't joking. She has maybe one nipple left. I'm not sure if they bit them off completely or if they fell off. I do know they were causing her quite a bit of pain while nursing so we chose to introduce them to solid food entirely since they took to it so well. We have been cleaning the spots three or so times a day to keep them clean and she seems fine. I will take her in to see the vet in the next few days though just to make sure. I'm sort of wary about that though, I don't want the babies exposed to anything coming in from the vets office on mom.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by Stormysmom
No I wasn't joking. She has maybe one nipple left. I'm not sure if they bit them off completely or if they fell off. I do know they were causing her quite a bit of pain while nursing so we chose to introduce them to solid food entirely since they took to it so well. We have been cleaning the spots three or so times a day to keep them clean and she seems fine. I will take her in to see the vet in the next few days though just to make sure. I'm sort of wary about that though, I don't want the babies exposed to anything coming in from the vets office on mom.
She needs to see the vet immediately. If she already has an infection, it can spread quickly, and will in the end cause her much pain, and the vet bill will be much higher to treat her. If she doesn't yet have an infection, she is still at a great risk for infection, which will still lead to the same problems.
Whether the kittens did so, or they "fell off", she will need to be treated.
What are you cleaning her teats with?
post #10 of 20
Awww..Bless her little heart, This could get real serious, real fast So, Please listen to the advice you have already gotten from others & get her to a vet. Even if your sure she is fine, The vet might be able to make her more comfortable until she heals. Give her a good pet, What a good meowmy for putting up with those little pirahna's...lol
post #11 of 20
we had the same problem at the rescue group i volunteered at, so we gave each cat 2 litter pans....one for using the bathroom, and the other one with bedding in it for them to sleep in, it solved the problem, and is a cheap way to make a kitty bed for multiple cats hope this helps
post #12 of 20
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We plan on taking her in to see the vet but we cant do so until payday. We have been cleaning them gently with a bit of liquid anti-bacteria hand soap diluted on a paper towel and then again with a wet paper towel to take the soap off. She really seems to enjoy the wash. Since I read what all of you have said I have separated the kittens from her when we cant supervise for the few days until she can see the vet. (They are in a kennel so they still have some contact, just no way to get to her.) I want to make sure she stays as clean as possible with no kitten trying to nurse. They are to a point where they are eating solid foods and only trying to nurse for comfort at this point. This is one of those points where I regret not having a backup credit card on hand for emergencies. ugh
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR
we had the same problem at the rescue group i volunteered at, so we gave each cat 2 litter pans....one for using the bathroom, and the other one with bedding in it for them to sleep in, it solved the problem, and is a cheap way to make a kitty bed for multiple cats hope this helps
Thanks I will give this a try, it is a bit gross to find the little ones curled up in their litterbox.
post #14 of 20
Until you do get her to the vet, put a little neosporin plus (make sure it's the plus) on the wouinds. It will help the pain and help keep any infection down.

Just plese don't use this as a replacement for going to the vet, she does need to . There are problems that can arise from this kind of thing and she does need to see him/her. But the neosporin plus (or the equivalent store brand of the same thing) will make her more comfortable.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by Charmed654321
Until you do get her to the vet, put a little neosporin plus (make sure it's the plus) on the wouinds. It will help the pain and help keep any infection down.

Just plese don't use this as a replacement for going to the vet, she does need to . There are problems that can arise from this kind of thing and she does need to see him/her. But the neosporin plus (or the equivalent store brand of the same thing) will make her more comfortable.
That was my first thought to put neosporin on her wounds but then I thought about the kittens and I was concerned about what could happen if one of them injested it. But since we are keeping them separate I will give this a try until we take her in this weekend. thanks.
post #16 of 20
Can you post a picture. Are you sure she has no nips or did they just invert. Maybe they are just super sore. Poor mommy.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Stormysmom
Thanks I will give this a try, it is a bit gross to find the little ones curled up in their litterbox.
No problem, i hope that helps you and your little furbabies out
post #18 of 20
owie owie owie twinge cringe cringe poor mommy kitty.
hope she gets better!
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
Yeah she is doing fine. Doc gave us some anti-biotics to be on the safe side and said to keep doing what we were doing. She now has tight scabs that look like they are just about done healing up. Kittens dont seem to take interest in nursing when they are around her so we let them back together a bit more. Momma cant hardly even catch them without a fight to give them a good wash. lol
post #20 of 20
Glad to hear she is doing better now and thanks for the update. I've been away from the Forum for a few days on a very sad personal matter and seeing a positive update is just the lift I needed. I hope everything continues to go well.

~gf~
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