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Steve Mills

Rescuing kittens

Posted Friday, July 15, 2016, at 7:05 AM
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  • I've heard that pure white cats have a tendency to be deaf. Especially if they also have blue eyes.

    I hope he makes it. They are kinda rare and I think they look neat.

    Keep up the good work and give updates.

    -- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Fri, Jul 15, 2016, at 10:08 PM
  • Thanks RV. Snowflake has take a turn for the worse. This morning I was preparing to bury her but she has rebounded again, a little.

    We had one like this about two years ago we called Miracle Mikey. I am looking at him right now and can't say we've used the word miracle for him in a while, but he is healthy. I was panning on burying him too.

    Graham keeps nuzzling Snowflake, probably because he misses nursing wit Mom but it seems to perk Snowflake up. This is what happened with Mikey. His sibling (Molly) kept nursing on him and he snapped out of it.

    We lost another young cat last night and this time I am sure it was one of the dogs and most likely the Dalmatian mix. She is a lovable dog but cannot resist the chase. If I cannot adopt her out to someone without cats, her last two choices are living on a tether or euthanasia.

    It hurts, but so does burying our feline family.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jul 16, 2016, at 8:25 AM
  • Sunday morning update on Snowflake. She is back to holding her own. A few hours after my post she started moving and is now back to fussing when I clean her butt.

    She was definitely constipated and getting tired of me "licking' her butt with a tissue. She had the tightest little belly trying to force a poop but it wasn't working, and since it was the weekend, I took matters into my own hands. Yeesh!

    Debbi held her while I lightly removed some blockage from her butt. I also started giving her water with a drop, tiny drop of milk of magnesia and soaking her bottom in warm water.

    This morning there was success in her box. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 17, 2016, at 9:17 AM
  • Rocket Valentine, I have been watching her for blindness and it is a possibility since she walks in a circle. But she also could be looking for a place to go poop, which she must know she has to do.I'll keep watching.

    Graham is doing fine. I would return him to the garage but I did that for one lat week and had a bad result. Also, Snowflake seems to need his presence. He nuzzles her and climbs all over her when I return her to the box.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 17, 2016, at 9:20 AM
  • Last night we gave them a stuffed toy to play with and we got a strange reaction. Graham started attacking it, not playing but trying to attack.

    We took it out and he started attacking Snowflake. We are guessing he knew someone strange was in the nest and he tried to run it out. I kept him off Snowflake until he calmed down and peace is restored but, no toy.

    Graham continues to prosper but Snowflake does not seem to be going anywhere. May be time for a vet visit but I suspect they will tell me there is nothing to do but what we are doing already.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 18, 2016, at 5:34 PM
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    Steve, just out of curiosity, which vet do you use? Best of luck to Snowflake.

    -- Posted by fair share on Tue, Jul 19, 2016, at 12:42 PM
  • We use Cascade Veterinary Hospital. Primary vet is Bobby West.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 19, 2016, at 12:53 PM
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    Thanks.

    -- Posted by fair share on Tue, Jul 19, 2016, at 11:51 PM
  • We noticed what we think was a roundworm in Snowflake's poop. I read up on it and indeed kittens can get the roundworm from the mamma, and nursing.

    We gave them both a tenth of a cc of worm medicine from our vet. Instructions said a cc for every 10 pounds and since they were under a pound, we judged the tenth might be right. Luckily we have some syringes from other times, so we had a correct measurement.

    They were both hungry as all get out this morning so it did not hurt them apparently. Now to see if the little one starts to grow. We may even see the worm in it poop in a day or so. May have to give her another dose in another week if the worms are still alive.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 20, 2016, at 8:17 AM
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    I hope Snowflake is growing well.

    -- Posted by fair share on Sat, Jul 23, 2016, at 7:26 AM
  • Snowflake still has some trouble going poop. Had to give her a tiny fleet enema yesterday and a squirt of milk of Magnesia from the other side. Not sure if she has a physical issue or just something she has to grow out of.

    Little bugger decided to do some pooping while on my chest this morning, but we hot it "all worked out". :-O

    I have them in with me while I am working on listings. They wore me out and I had to put them to bed in a bathroom for a while.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jul 23, 2016, at 3:22 PM
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    Sounds like they are a feisty pair. Glad to hear it. Do you have any kitty diapers?

    -- Posted by fair share on Sat, Jul 23, 2016, at 3:47 PM
  • Rocket Valentine, I was re-reading this post and besides my typographical booboos realized that you said deafness not blindness. Sorry.

    Jury is still out on seeing but she can hear me quite well and I think the circles is when she is looking for a place to use the bathroom, not blindness.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jul 23, 2016, at 3:54 PM
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    It can be hard to tell if they are deaf or blind because being a cat, they may well just be ignoring you! But white cats with blue eyes do have a genetic tendency to be deaf.

    -- Posted by fair share on Sat, Jul 23, 2016, at 4:57 PM
  • Found a third kitten last night. The mothers drag the babies out when they have given up on them.

    Usually they have already died but the two above had a spark and this one was still warm so I rushed it in side.

    Its' poor tongue and lips were pale pink and for its size it was light so I would guess it had stopped eating some days ago.

    First thing was water, then antibiotic and then a cc of milk substitute (ms). While she did not move her lips, she did swallow so there was hope.

    I gave her one cc of ms every hour until 10:00. As with the others, she had fleas so one of the feedings had a sprinkle of Capstar.

    Amazing stuff. It is safe for nursing mothers so while they did not say sick babies, getting rid of the fleas had to help. They were getting in her eyes which were sealed shut with goo. (probably from the fleas irritating it)

    She was still alive this morning (good sign) and is now slightly responding to my voice as I come in to feed her. (another good sign) AND the final good sign of the morning was that she peed when I motivated her. (kidneys working) Yeah!

    I got her eyes open and put some eye ointment in there to treat infection and help lubricate them. (we have a cat medicine cabinet)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 24, 2016, at 10:09 AM
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    Sounds like you ought to be a vet. I once had a cat that almost died from anemia from all the fleas. Got rid of the fleas and gave her some kind of iron in a gel and she perked up and did well for several years. All of our cats have just showed up at the door and somehow knew they were home.

    -- Posted by fair share on Sun, Jul 24, 2016, at 2:58 PM
  • Iron supplement, I'll look into that.

    I use the Capstar to knock down the flea population in the outside cats every few months, use diatomaceous earth in their food and sprinkled on floor and litter boxes for fleas and flies.

    When I forget the DE for a few days my fly population seems to explode. I hate to use a fly spray because of the poison it puts out around the kittens especially. Tried fly traps and so far the flies are not impressed.

    Once every two months I put some wormer in their food. Not scientific and not always accurate but it seems to hold the worms down.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 24, 2016, at 4:55 PM
  • Sounds like Snowflake is doing good.

    I bet she turns out to be one cool cat.

    -- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Sun, Jul 24, 2016, at 8:34 PM
  • Here's hoping. Just like a human baby, she was fussy this afternoon and would not stop crying until I held her to fall asleep.

    I found two more just like her in the garage this evening. They were moving around and the mother's were fussing at me, but full of fleas so I gave them both a dab of flea medicine.

    If they stay healthy, I will let them grow up out there but I put the moms on notice that I am watching. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 24, 2016, at 9:30 PM
  • Picked up an iron supplement today from vet. "ill give it to outside as well if they will let me close.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 25, 2016, at 10:45 AM
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