The babies are eating well. They are eating about a can of wet food a day and some dry with water on it. They are playing and enjoy their time out of the dog crate running about in the room. I left them out to play about an hour last night and they had put themselves to bed so they were worn out.
I had to go to the vet this AM for Stripey to get a booster shot. While I was there I asked if they needed to see the babies and all they asked for was a sample of the poo since they are still having some diarrhea – its not bad, I would more call it loose stool – I had to take my kitty home so I got a sample and too it back to the vet, glad I did as the vets office just called and they have coccidia.
I have dealt with this nasty little bug before – in March actually and had to give ALL of my cats medicine for it – thankfully these 2 have been in the dog crate in a room with no feline visitors.
So they have a coccidia which is a microscopic one-celled organisms causing the disease coccidiosis. Virtually all cats become infected during their life. Infections usually cause no problems in adult cats, but evidence suggests that the parasite can cause significant disease in kittens. In infected kittens, the coccidia destroy the lining of the intestine and cause diarrhea with often contains mucous.
Albon is prescribed as a general antiprotozoal for the treatment of coccidiosis, a protozoal infection of the intestinal tract. Albon is also prescribed for the treatment of a wide range of susceptible bacterial infections.
the lady I got these 2 kittens from decided to give them a forever home once they are big enough to not need all the extra attention that little babies need. Im thinking first week of October they should be ready to go back. At that point they will be 6/7 weeks old, should be eating some dry food, they are already eating some wet but need to be weaned from the KMR and they wont need a heating pad any longer. I have given her a list of all the kitty things she will need for the babies to come back. And she has named them - SUNNI the orange female and HUNNI the yellow male. I think its cute since Ive been calling them SunShine and Honey for the past few days.
the babies are doing better. They are eating and taking their medicine well. They still have loose stools but its getting better. The orange one purrs as soon as you touch her. The yellow one is more active but will purr after you rub him a while.
They eat about every 2.5 hours – works well since my heating pad auto turns off about the same time – they are eating about 2oz each time and Im now mixing their food so they are getting wet cat food of chicken mixed with the milk replacer. They have 2 meds they take twice a day, one until Wednesday and the other till Friday. Aside from being tired from all the getting up and coming in to feed them things are well. they are warm, safe and well fed.
**UPDATE** - Just talked to the vet – the babies are doing good and are playing right now. She thinks the Orange one is a Girl and the Yellow a Boy – they were a little dehydrated so they got some fluids and shes wormed them and has them on some tummy meds but they are ok. They are both eating and eating well, warm and playing. Shes thinking they are a little closer to 3 weeks old than 4.
I picked up the babies about 630 last night. They are quite small and were cold. I turned the heat on in the car for the ride home. I mixed up the babies some KMR when I got home and they both ate about 1.5oz at 730 again at 1030, at 2, at 5 and at 730 this morning. I fixed them up a bed with a heating pad to keep them warm. They seem to have slept good too. They are using the box having some diarrhea but not horrible. Their little butts are very sore tho. Dropped them off at the vets office this morning to hang out and get checked out, monitored and fed every 3 hours or so. They will lap milk from a small dish and I just happen to have some small ones that hold about 2 oz so it works perfect. I will pick them up after work this evening.
All the kitties are doing good. Stripey was spayed 2 weeks ago and is doing great! Hard to believe she will be 6 months old next week.
Today I got an e-mail from a co-worker she has been taking care of some kittens whose mama cat was killed by a car little over a week ago. The kittens are sick she says ...so I call her ... she thinks the 2 kittens are 4 weeks old shes been feeding them whole milk (no wonder they are sick) so I tell her I will take her kittens (boy am I a sucker) however .. when they are healthy, eating food and using the box she would be happy to give them a forever home (SCORE) so it looks like I will be fostering 2 babies for about 3 or 4 weeks .. sucks for me (ha ha ha) kittens at this age are great! I just gotta tell my hubby we are having guests for a bit .. humm