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Meep meep! Introducing Skittle…

September 14, 2013

So, I was planning that today would be the day that I went back to PetSmart, took lots of pictures, and got things back to normal here.

Yesterday I got a call about 11 from a friend who works around the corner from me.  He found a kitten in a parking lot on his lunch hour, looked all around for the rest of the family and found nothing.  He put the kitten in a box and kept it in his car for the rest of the afternoon, then took it home and tried to feed it but it didn’t seem to know how to eat.   He said its eyes were gooped nearly shut.  It stayed in his sunporch overnight, then he brought it back to work and called me.  I met him at lunchtime with KMR, saline and cotton balls.  I cleaned his eyes, and dribbled a couple of tablespoons of KMR into him, and went off to see what I could come up with for him, but of course there was nothing for him except me…

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Luckily the weather was lovely and being in a car with the windows open was just about the right way to keep a little kitten warm.  Mid-afternoon he seemed to actively take the rest of the KMR and was perkier, so when I picked him up he was livelier and seemed like he’d bounced back from at least a day of no food.

He weighed in at 9.8 ounces last night.  He’s already gained a couple of ounces with 24 hours of regular feeding, although since he hasn’t started pooping he will probably drop back a little from that.  Not sure how old he is – 2 1/2 to 3 weeks?

His eyes are better today after two doses of eye drop antibiotic, which he DOESNOTLIKE.

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He has become a pro at latching onto the bottle and seems to want to eat rather frequently.  The 3:30am bottle was no fun for us but he seemed content with it.  Tending to him involves a shirt that stays in the room with him, and gallons of hand sanitizer, to protect my permanent residents and other foster.

He’s living in a small carrier in my tiny basement lavatory until we know he’s not sick, at which point I will be able to make a better accommodation for him – he has a fleece blanket and a little microwavable kitten warmer and it’s a pretty warm spot.  When he’s all burritoed up and fed, he just looks at me with those little slightly sticky eyes, making snuffling noises that I can’t pinpoint as coming from his nose or his chest (he’s not blowing snot bubbles or mouth breathing but I hear the sounds of congestion from him at intervals).

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With his love of chow I’m hoping he will be able to lap cat food/formula slurry in a week and then he won’t need to be fed in the middle of the night.  But once he can do that I will have to teach him how to use a litter box, and if I can’t get him to poop I can’t see how I’ll do that…

He does have plenty to say for himself now that he’s feeling better.

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I’m a nervous wreck about this, but we’ll muddle through the best we can.  I’m hoping to be able to feed him well enough during the day that he can last from about 10:30 until 5am (because since I usually get up at 5:30 to be ready for school bus and work, any alarm in the middle of the night would be really drastically poorly timed….).

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2013 4:53 pm

    you will do beautifully! 🙂 (but FYI, Issac Arnold is 8 oz so now you have some idea just how small he is, he should be 1.25lbs at this point..)

    You are probably going overboard on the hand sanitizer and the additional shirt, but I don’t blame you a bit.

    I’m really loving colloidal silver for kittens. They tend to get a little worse before they get better when I give it, but it really does help. It tastes and feels very similar to water so kittens often don’t object to it like they do traditional medications. I’ve also used a tea made from goldenseal and found it also to be very effective at clearing mucus from eyes and the nose. A weak tea and a dropper and one or two drops in the eye or nose..

    KMR is good, so is goat’s milk if you might have access to that. Once the teeth come in you can start introducing solid food. I start with canned kitten food, and I often have to introduce it into the kitten’s mouth. You’ll know when the kit is ready because it will either be uber delicious and it will look for more or it will be horrid and the kitten will react like you are trying to kill him. (I’m probably telling you stuff you already know, I’m just in the mood to chat, I hope you don’t mind)

    with out input you won’t have output so I wouldn’t worry about no stool for a full day if not two. I have come to find out if you don’t ‘force’ things the kits will urinate and defecate on their own, but since they have no control over it they’ll get it all over their bedding and themselves..

    Fight is good.. It shows he has lots of energy which is important. Stimulate him all over.. pat him, hug him, kiss him, rub his belly. He is supposed to have siblings that walk all over him and snuggle with him and the more stimulation the easier it will be to keep him alive.

    • fotyc permalink
      September 14, 2013 8:45 pm

      Connie, thanks for the info on raising a bottle baby!  -I am high anxiety about this and hope we can do enough for him.  He purrs so he is old enough to do that…

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  2. September 14, 2013 10:52 pm

    Hi. Our main bit of advice on bottle kitties is “Hang In There”.

    We went through that with Billie White Shoes. You probably know everything we can tell you, but you might have to stimulate the back end for a while yet. We just used Puffs (or something similar) and tossed then in a plastic bag as the were used. Connie is a great kitten resource, and about ten minutes with google will probably tell all kinds of things you might want to know, along with enough to paralyze you with fear of all then things that might go wrong.

    Once Billy decides to move off the computer, we’ll try to chase down some of pages our Dad used, if you want.

    • fotyc permalink
      September 15, 2013 9:48 am

      Thanks! You are right, sometimes it seems that the more expert advice I get the more certain I am that I will totally screw this up! He’s a feisty little guy, though, so I hope he will make it in spite of me! He HATESHATESHATES when I try to stimulate him though…Maybe he wants a little litter box. I caught him carefully cleaning his paws earlier this morning.

      • September 15, 2013 2:31 pm

        Fierce and feisty is always nice. Billy was the same way. (kind of a Reverse Fading Kitten Syndrome 🙂 )

        Look around, you probably have an old cardboard box, or something similar. Stick some cheap clay litter in there, and see what happens.

        A couple references you might want to take a quick look at. If you’ve been tending kitties for a while, there’s likely nothing new there, but it never hurts to review. Give Skittle a hug and cuddle for us.

  3. September 15, 2013 8:01 pm

    How good of you to take care of Skittle! Since he has teeth, I’m thinking he’s older than 3 weeks. The vet will be able to give you a better estimate.

    I know it’s easier said then done, but try to relax. If the worse happens it will be because of the bad hand fate dealt him, not from anything you did.

    Sending positive thoughts your way. C’mon, Skittle! You can make it! Fight fight fight!

  4. September 15, 2013 8:45 pm

    Thank you for caring so well for Skittle. Glad he’s feeling so much better, and we will purr and pray him to get nice and strong. And for strength and fortitude for you, dear friends!

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