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post #1 of 15
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I have a ten week old (rescued) kitten that has been ill since I got her four weeks ago. She had a URI, ear mites, and conjunctivitis. She was seen and treated by my vet and she got better for a few weeks. The symptoms retuned and I got the same prescriptions filled for her. She had been lethargic on Sunday with her third eye lid showing. I got her prescriptions on Monday and after only two doses, she had perked back up. She is being treated with Clavomox, Ivermectin ear drops, and a neomyacin, et el. eye ointment. She's eating, drinking, using the litter box and playing with my other kitten (also being treated for these symptoms). However, her third eye lid is still showing and she is walking with her head cocked sideways. She's also very clumsy and off-balance. She almost walks like she's drunk. I'm assuming that either the poor visibility out of her left eye or the ear mites in her left ear are causing this "drunken walking" problem. I was curious if there is anything I can do to help this third eyelid in her left eye to come down. Please let me know. I'm convinced that she is getting better because she's so playful and everything.

Thanks,
Krissy
post #2 of 15
firstly welcome to TCS

I personally can not offer much advise but we have a lot of members whom I am sure can offer some advise at some point...

however, have you asked the vet what they think about all of this? can you put a call into them and ask them about your concerns?
post #3 of 15
ear mites can cause major problems. My guess here is your kitty has a fever, is dehydrated and the mites have caused an inner ear balance problem. I would call the vet now, I would push fluids (pedialyte would be best). You can check if kitty is dehydrated by gently pinching the scruff of her neck. If after released, the scruff stays up in a tented position, do not delay get the kitten to the vet for emergency fluids


Good luck
post #4 of 15
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I'll ask the vet tomorrow. I just hate bringing her in and having her exposed to new germs and viruses. The vet has already made me wait to have her vaccinated until she is well for a whole month. Also, I can't treat any flea problems until she is well. I just pray that she is going to finally get better and stay well for a very long time. She was tested for feline leukemia and worms when I first got her and they were negative. She's been sick for three out of four weeks we've had her, but she always seems to perk up quickly when she's given the meds.

Thanks,
Krissy
post #5 of 15
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She's eating, drinking, and playing. She also is using the litter box and is both peeing and pooping. Her scruff comes back down when pinched and her activity level is the same as when she wasn't sick. Do you really think she is dehydrated still, or could there be another problem? I have to re-treat for ear mites in nine more days with the Ivermectin drops. I'm concerned that fleas are getting on her. I'm afraid to treat the house while she and the other kitten are sick (the other kitten is only eight weeks old), so I'm just pulling any fleas off and killing them.

Thanks,
Krissy
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
The one with the most black is Soleus and she is the one who has the third eyelid that is showing. The mostly white one is Satine. They were both rescued. Soleus came from a domestic cat that had kittens that had to find homes. And Satine was found hanging out too close to the road. Her mother was a wild cat that had abandoned her kitties at four weeks old. She was severely malnourished and required about two weeks of training to get her to use the litter box. I'm still trying to figure out how to post pics directly to the site.

Thanks,
Krissy
post #7 of 15
Where are the pictures? I think you forgot to post them.
post #8 of 15
If she has fleas, at 10 weeks old she could be anemic. You can bathe her in a mild liquid detergent soap DAWN is good, then flea comb her, pull the stunned fleas off her and drop them into hot hot water to kill them. Don't put the kitten in hot water, make it comfortable for her and don't let her catch a chill which can easily happen. Use warmed towels to dry her, and keep her snuggled and warmed until she is dry, then flea comb her out.
post #9 of 15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jen
Where are the pictures? I think you forgot to post them.
I can't figure out how to post them. Any suggestions? I can give you my family website page and they are under my photo album. the website is www.fajardo5.zoomshare.com maybe someone can tell me how to post them directly to the site here.

Thanks,
Krissy
post #10 of 15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hissy
If she has fleas, at 10 weeks old she could be anemic. You can bathe her in a mild liquid detergent soap DAWN is good, then flea comb her, pull the stunned fleas off her and drop them into hot hot water to kill them. Don't put the kitten in hot water, make it comfortable for her and don't let her catch a chill which can easily happen. Use warmed towels to dry her, and keep her snuggled and warmed until she is dry, then flea comb her out.
I used baby shampoo and of course she hated her bath(I've got the scratches to prove it), but she is cuddling right now. Thanks for the advice. I couldn't get the flea comb throughout her right after her bath, but she's letting me now. I really haven't found but two fleas, between the bath and the combing. I'll do the bath again next week and see if I get more off. I think the fleas knew a bath was coming and took off!!
Thank,
Krissy
post #11 of 15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by huggles
firstly welcome to TCS

I personally can not offer much advise but we have a lot of members whom I am sure can offer some advise at some point...

however, have you asked the vet what they think about all of this? can you put a call into them and ask them about your concerns?
I called the vet, and she said that there were no appointments available until next week. She didn't seem too concerned because Soleus' activity level is so good and she's eating, peeing, pooping. The Vet is hoping that the eye ointment will help with it. I just want the poor kitty to walk good and stop being so off balance.

Thanks,
Krissy
post #12 of 15
To put pictures up, you can right click on the photo you want to use, and click on Properties, then copy the link under image properties which will look like this:
http://www.fajardo5.zoomshare.com/al...6470/image.jpg

Then in the reply, click on the little picture that has a mountain and a sun. This will bring up a box, and you just paste the link you copied into the box. This just puts "tags" on either end of the photo - [IMG] to show the start of the photo link and [/IMG] to show the end of the photo link.

So you'll end up with this:
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Here it goes. I'm trying to post pics of my sweeties. Sloeus is the black one, she has her third eyelid showing and the vet is waiting to see her. Satine is the white one. Here goes nothing.
Thanks,
Krissy
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Here we go, maybe it will work this time. i'm trying something a little different from what I did before.

Thanks, Krissy
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
I hope I can do that again!

Thanks for all your help.

Krissy
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