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post #1 of 13
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I have five kittens here now, in a room, all males about six or seven weeks old. Two were born in the wild nearby and I picked them up from being caught in a cage. The others are neutered already and waiting to be adopted out of my home.

I have been removing a LOT of litter, nothing abnormal until today when I found a mucous-like thing, about the size of a silver dollar, uncovered. Up till now all the stuff has been covered.

I am wondering if I should be concerned about this. I have no idea who it's from but only one of the kittens are ... um...un-energetic. I don't think he's acting sick yet--I'm expecting time to do the trick for him--he's what I would call shy. But I have my eye on him.
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Originally Posted by Vik61
I have five kittens here now, in a room, all males about six or seven weeks old. Two were born in the wild nearby and I picked them up from being caught in a cage. The others are neutered already and waiting to be adopted out of my home.

I have been removing a LOT of litter, nothing abnormal until today when I found a mucous-like thing, about the size of a silver dollar, uncovered. Up till now all the stuff has been covered.

I am wondering if I should be concerned about this. I have no idea who it's from but only one of the kittens are ... um...un-energetic. I don't think he's acting sick yet--I'm expecting time to do the trick for him--he's what I would call shy. But I have my eye on him.
hmm, it's going to be hard to find the culprit. I'd see if I could see anything on any of their bums that is different and perhaps watch that one a little more closely.
post #3 of 13
Have you had fecals done on them yet?
If not, I sure would.
post #4 of 13
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I've got a total of nine kittens as of today. I need to find them homes fast.

I found the culprit; it's the newest one that was born in the wild. I call him Purrfect, because he looks like he should win some kind of award, he's so pretty.

The whitish one with the black tips ears, paws and tail. He's got the runs. Now what?

He's only been eating dry food since I've had him. Let's see, how many days now...

I've seen him have two BMs in a few hours, both runny.

He is sleeping a lot but when he's awake he behaves normally. His personality is somewhat timid to begin with, I think. Of course I haven't had him long enough. He's been shy the whole time.

Is there something I should feed him to help with this?

None of them have worms, by the way. I thought since two had distended bellies they would all have worms by now but the vet told me if I don't find worms in their poo then it's probably from the neutering. Some inflamation.

Any advice is appreciated!!!
post #5 of 13
As I asked before- have you had fecals done on them yet?

Lack of visible worms in feces is not proof that there are no worms or other intestinal parasites. A kitten born in the wild could have giardia, coccidia, or any number of things not visible to the naked eye.

At the very least you need to take in a stool sample and have some tests run. Personally, I would take the kitten in for a checkup- a kitten this young can become extremely debilitated extremely fast if it is a protozoal parasite.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'll take a sample to the vet; thanks.
post #7 of 13
In the meantime watch that baby closely, as diarrhea is very dehydrating, and babies can go down ptretty quickly. It wouldn't hurt to syringe feed him some watered down wet food to get some extra hydration going.

And please let us know what happens!
post #8 of 13
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The vet said to keep an eye on him too--he asked how long has he had it. Answer all day yesterday. If it persists, bring him in. Today, he won't go for me but am watching him like a hawk: eating and drinking ...am warming up some pedialyte now in a syringe. He lost a little over one ounce, I told the vet.

This is one of the kittens that was captured here in the park where I live. The people were feeding the kittens milk and canned tuna.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
The update on the little darling is I gave him a cc of kaopectate (per suggestion) and his runs stopped. He has since put on weigh and acting normal, playing, and in general being adorable.
post #10 of 13
Great to hear!! Make sure you keep a close eye on him though. A friend was fostering some stray kittens, and one of them had similar symptoms, and they kept coming and going, and he had to get fluids injected into him a number of times. He's fine now, but he was very up and down for about 3 weeks.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
They come in here from all manner of situations. I have two totally wild kittens right now--they are pretty tough and scared.

After having been in monsoon-type storms lately, fed cow's milk and canned tuna, and God knows what they've been through, certainly the early loss of mommy cat...

Today, after feeding them some KMR they were all passing gas. They go back and forth having firm stools and loose. Poor things.
post #12 of 13
I trust you have stopped feeding them canned tuna. They should have a good quality kitten food.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
They were, all four of them, captured in cages. Two are absolute loves and the other two, captured recently, two weeks later, are still wild in a room in my house. The people feeding them were feeding them tuna and milk. They were delivered to me or I was requested to retrieve them from the cages and I did.

I saw what was set out and in the cages and wrote a note asking them not to feed milk. The tuna was in the cages and all over the kittens when I got them.

I'm feeding them KMR and dry food and water. The KMR was donated and the dry food is donated, Purina Kitten Chow.
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