Amy and Precious chillin'
I noticed Amy sitting apart from the other kittens about 9 days ago. Her eyes looked clear and when I made a move toward her she moved away, so I decided to just make it a point of checking on her each day to see if there was something else going on or just a sleepy kitten.
The next day she was not to be found but the next day I once again found her by herself, away from the others who were playing. I decided to bring her in for a checkup as soon as I finished feeding everyone, but she was gone when I came back so ….. maybe she just has a reclusive nature.
The next day sealed it. She was back in her withdrawn spot and did not move when I reached for her. Her face was drawn as you can see in her picture with Precious. Her lips were blueish and she was very lethargic. (Precious was not sure she wanted to be a surrogate but has since warmed up)
No signs of an upper respiratory infection, but something stopped her from eating or drinking and she was very dehydrated. Another day and I think she would have been beyond help, so I immediately started pedialyte, which isn’t great tasting for cats so I mixed it with kitten formula and administered every 3-4 hours. Twice a day I added antibiotic.
The picture on the left is Amy yesterday. You might think they were different kittens. She needs her face cleaned from eating but otherwise, doing GREAT! She is eating canned and dry cat food and drinking water. In fact, you might see an aggressive side of her if you get between her and the canned food. The other cats even give her space when she is eating, even though they would like some too. ;-)
On a side note, we introduced the other cats right away so she would not feel alone. They were allowed to visit freely all day, but she was blocked in a bathroom (our ICU room) and I closed the door at night. Tonight I will leave the door open continuously and unless someone jail-breaks her, she will still stay in the room for a few more days.
Anyone ready to open their hearts to a furry ball? If you do not have a companion cat, we can help with that too. J Almost any age, color or hair length.
Here's Sissy, came in two days after Amy, and has not stopped long enough for me to get a good picture.