Is my 5-week-old kitten going to die? :'-(
My poor little baby kitty!!
So, I brought this kitty home last night (about 24 hours back). It was at a friend's place who has many many many cats at his place. The kitty was looking unwell last evening itself. However, we decided to adopt it and even before we got home it had an episode of diarrhea (kind of squirting, yellowish white in colour).
It had a little bit of formula last night and in the morning. I took it to the vet and he found fleas and worms, low body temperature and low sugar (no dehydration). It is just 0.8 pounds in weight. He gave me some medicines for the worms and a nutritive gel. And also asked me to feed him prescription tinned soft food along with the formula (I have been using Hartz - this is my first pet and I don't have much idea about the brands).
So, after feeding it, its stool color did change to yellow and then brownish but I observed some blood in the stool and also sticking out of its butt (which I think is sore cause it doesn't like me cleaning/touching it) when he was pooping. And it SQUIRTS it each time.
The vet asked me to go see them after 2 more days but each and every day is hard for me. I feel so bad for the little one. I am afraid that it might be dying. I hope it gets better. What do you think? :'-( How long will
it live? Do you think I should return it to its mommy? Although I think it is highly neglected there (friend's place).
Sorry for the long question!
Firstly I would like to say that your friend needs to either change his ways or contact a animal shelter to come and take the poor cats away from them. It sounds to me like both your kitten and the rest of the litter and mother are probably all suffering rather badly.
fleas can kill a kitten, they cause severe anemia if not treated. So it is no wonder that your little guy is ill. However he is now in your good hands and as long as he has been treated for the worms and fleas and is now being fed good food he should pick up, but it could take awhile as his system needs to time to get back to normal.
Diarrhea in a sick kitten is not unusual and again may take some time to settle down now.
Don't worry you are doing everything you can. Thank goodness for people like you.
I have some pages on my site about kitten care etc which i think you will find of further help. Here is the first pagekitten-care.html
Could I also ask. Could you persuade your friend to have the rest of his cats treated for fleas at the very least. It breaks my heart to think of cats and kittens suffering due to neglect.
best wishes kate