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update on found kitten

post #1 of 14
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i am typing w/ 1 hand cuz i got her in the other. she is eating good 2day but she kept me up almost all nite. she still hasn't pooed. i am getting worried. the sites say she should poo once a day. she has slept practically all day 2day ... is that normal?
post #2 of 14
Take her to the vet, please!!! I mean immediately. I'd be concerned about the lethargy, and the fact that she hasn't pooed yet.

Kittens deteriorate quickly. She needs prompt medical attention. Please make that phone call, and make a payment arrangement with the vet, if that's what you need to do. I would not let this go another moment.
post #3 of 14
Oh, and please let us know how she's doing...from her pictures, she's going to be precious!!!!

Good luck, and let us know how the vet trip goes.
post #4 of 14
I reread kitten-rescue, and it says there that a kitten might go once every other day. If she hadn't eaten in a while, that might be okay, since her body is going to use all the nutrients it gets to bring itself up to snuff.

If you go back there, www.kitten-rescue.com, check what it says about how often to feed the kittens. Wake it if you have to, but keep the feedings on schedule. That's important. It also will tell you how much to feed. You don't want to overfeed either, which could cause lethargy.

However, I also recommend you take her to a vet for a few reasons. You want to make sure she is thriving, but you also want to have her tested for feline leukemia and other possible diseases, and checked for worms, parasites, etc., since you did find her outside. A vet could tell you closely about how old she is, which would also tell you when you can treat her for worms or other problems. Plus, if the vet feels she's closer to 4 weeks, it may be time to also introduce her to some solid food, but again, you can't tell until you have more informaton to go by.

Just make sure you do stimulate her enough, and long enough that she will poop if she has to. I think the site also tells you how to tell if she's "emptied."

Does her belly seem rounded and full? When she's drinking the formula, are her ears bobbing? Is she crying or sleeping peacefully?

If you enjoy carrying her around, and if you're good with your hands and making things, I know someone who was caring for an orphaned kitten who actually made a little "kitten papoose": A hammocky/slingy thing she tied around her neck and around her back that let the kitten sleep curled up in it next to her chest while she did some of the things she had to do, like be at the computer. Just make sure it's big enough so the kitten is completely enclosed in it so she can't roll out, and she would have to stretch to pull itself over the edge which would give you time to stop what you're doing and attend to her. Even some sort of cloth tote type thing. Then you could carry her around with you everywhere and be able to use your hands (which you'll probably still use to pet he most of the time anyway LOL)
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
that last reply was great ... cuz i already did that papoose thing with a throw... she really seems to like it ... i just fed her .. .mixed formula with some pedialyte and water ... she got about a 1/3 ounce in her... tried to make her poo again w/ no luck... can't get ahold of the vet (answering machine does not take msgs) but will call first thing tomorrow .. B/F is traveling down (he lives 3 hours away) so that he can take her for me ... (i have to work .. imma nurse) I want her to survive .. Thank you to all of you who have offered advice. I will keep all of you posted .. and will let ya'lls know what the vet says. --- Carla and Snowball
post #6 of 14
Pedialyte stops up babies with diarrhea. I wonder if it does that for kittens.
post #7 of 14
Yeah, I'd go by what mom said and not give her anything that is made for humans unless the vet tells you its okay, as long as she's eating.

She should be getting enough liquid from the KMR.

Also, since their tummies are so tiny at that age, any water or pedialyte type liquid you mix with the formula lessens the nutrients she would get from all formula, and having such a tiny space to fill, that little bit is important. Unless the vet says otherwise, I'd keep her on only kmr.

Did you try running her little butt under some warm water and rubbing her belly?

Wasn't that papoose thing great? You are one good Mommy And a thank you to your boyfriend for caring too. It makes me feel so good to hear stories like this.
post #8 of 14
How is kitten today. Is there poop...
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Charmed654321

Also, since their tummies are so tiny at that age, any water or pedialyte type liquid you mix with the formula lessens the nutrients she would get from all formula, and having such a tiny space to fill, that little bit is important. Unless the vet says otherwise, I'd keep her on only kmr.
She was diluting it on advice I believe of Hissy..if you read all the notes in the first thread.

Glad to hear she's off to the vets, and glad your bf could come help get her there

best wishes to her,
(ps I'm a retired RN...what area of nursing are you in?)
post #10 of 14
I was just saying that I had to give pedialyte to my son to stop diarhea.... I was wondering if you give it to a kitten wouldn't it stop the poop too. Isn't it better to use plain baby water...
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
I was just saying that I had to give pedialyte to my son to stop diarhea.... I was wondering if you give it to a kitten wouldn't it stop the poop too. Isn't it better to use plain baby water...
hi, I used a quote to indicate which note I was responding to - I wasn't referring to your note I don't have time at the moment to go research pedialyte use in kittens...bet if you do a google search on kittens pedialyte constipation, it should pick up something on it.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok ... 1 - she has a 100% chance of survival!!! 2 - she had a small blockage from a hard piece of poo ... she got an enema and is doing fine! although she now has diarrhea ... 3 - She is PURRING! and playing with my fingers ... her tummy is full!!! 4 - she was sent home w/ medicine (for worms) that i start tonight ...

She is doing awesome - she is currently sleeping ... I'll keep ya'lls updated!!!
post #13 of 14
I am so glad she is doing ok.
post #14 of 14
Yay!!!!! I stopped what I was in the middle of when I saw there was a new message, hoping it was good news! Let's hear it for a now functioning perfectly Snowball!!
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