Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

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Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by Meandmymunki » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:37 pm

This is a long shot as both myself and my vet are out of ideas but right now I have to try anything I can to save this little baby :(
I have 2 hand rear kittens who are 3 weeks and 2 days, there was 3 in the litter but I lost one 3 days after they came to me, background: they came to my rescue aged 4 days as born very prem and mummy had no milk and rejected them, the smallest 2 weighed just 60g when I got them, the bigger one 70g. I lost one of the smaller 2 aged 1 week, and since about that time the other smallest has been struggling with on off diarhoea and like a colic where every time he fed well he struggled and strained with tummy ache, the last 3 days have been terrible, he only weighs 190g now and has watery diarhoea pouring from him, he is having regular sub cut fluids and pro kolin, kaogel and today had some ranitidine (please understand I hate giving him meds but his chances of survival are now very slim), tonight he had an injection of vetegesic so he won't be in pain overnight and in the hope it will slow down his gut motility, if no better the dehydration will end his life so a decision to poss pts will be made at our app in the morning, however if any hand readers have any gems of advice I will try anything. To give you an idea of how prem they were he only opened his eyes on Sunday aged 2 weeks and 6 days :-(

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by booktigger » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:44 pm

Fingers crossed for this little one. I know prem kittens are known to have digestion issues, have you tried something like goats milk rather than kmr?

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by Meandmymunki » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:47 pm

They were on cimicat originally but both had bad tummies so we switched to rc babycat milk which seemed better til last few days. But can try some if he makes it til tomorrow. Thanks.

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by Hunnybunny » Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:15 pm

Top Life Goats Milk is good and can be bought ready made from most supermarkets but I'd suggest just a extremely dilute formula at this stage of 25% kitten milk to 75% water to keep him hydrated but allow his guts to settle for 24hrs. 190g is small but big enough to forgo milk for 24hrs.

I use Infacol for colic in kittens which seems to help.

Hand rears are so bloody difficult as you never know if you are doing wrong for trying everything as there little bodies are so fragile but what else can you do.

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by Meandmymunki » Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:24 pm

Thank you hunnybunny, I did wonder about diluting the formula down a bit, my vet is great and will try anything we discuss but like you say it's so hard and always a bit of a 'what if' guessing game. Far too early to say but he slept 3 hours following the meds, then just took 10 mil (a lot for him) and had diarhoea again but it wasn't as watery and he seems perkier is playing a bit with his sister. I think the colic has been hurting him.
How much infacol do you give please HB?

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by bobbys girl » Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:41 pm

That is sound advice, as always, from Hunnybunny.

Poor baby. I wish I could help.

The only thing I can offer is a real long shot. More comfort than anything else

When I found Willow she was so young he eyes had not yet opened. I had absolutely no experience of cats of any age. Her survival was down to pure luck and my dog's mothering instinct. Rosie not only taught me that a kitten needs 'toileting' but she wanted to lick and nuzzle willow's tummy before I fed her. Whether it was the warmth of her tongue and breath, or whether it was the massage her tummy got, Willow was always ready for her feed and didn't seem to suffer from any of the digestive problems that I (later) found out about.

If the kitten's digestive system is not fully formed, there is nothing we can do - except pray for a miracle. I wish you all the best with this little one.

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by greenkitty » Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:15 am

Keeping everything crossed for this little mite, I hope he made it through the night.

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by Meandmymunki » Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:28 pm

Thanks yes he did make it through the night and is improving, although I daren't think he is going to make it, he is at least no longer at deaths door! The vetegesic seemed to relax him enough to sleep more so I didn't feed him as often as usual and gave him sub cut fluids instead, he awoke quite bright at 4am and had 20mil of slightly watered down formula and has fed well all day and the diarhoea is settling (I think the vetegesic stopped everything for a few hours so his tummy had chance to hold on to the anti diarhoea medication)
I will update later, thanks everyone :-)

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by meriad » Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:33 pm

fingers crossed that he continues with small but steady improvements x

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by Hunnybunny » Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:38 pm

A tiny amount. At 190g .2ml

Hope he pulls through but I feel for you as have hand rears so often and they are just so unpredictable.

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by greenkitty » Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:02 pm

A tiny step in the right direction...

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by bobbys girl » Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:16 pm

Still early to say yet, but that is very good news. :) I'll continue to keep my fingers (and everything else) crossed.

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by Meandmymunki » Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:58 pm

Thanks all ESP HB, I have got and started infacol, we are celebrating our first solid poo tonight so he is def improving :)

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by meriad » Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:54 pm

whooohooooo -- go little one!

here's really hoping you've crossed a corner with him now; well done everyone x

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by bobbys girl » Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:02 pm

I never thought I'd be pleased about cat poo! :D Well done baby, we're all rooting for you!

I'm away for a few days over the weekend - but I'll still be thinking about you. xx

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by booktigger » Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:09 am

Aww, I'm so pleased to hear this, hope he continues to improve

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by greenkitty » Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:28 am

That's great news, a good forum at it's best :)

Keeping all paws crossed for continuing solid poo's!

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by Meandmymunki » Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:25 pm

It's been a huge help. He is still very up and down with his tummy and his feeding but continuing to hold his own, he has that skinny 'pinched' look about him, so desperately underweight :/
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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by SarahT1 [PLLE] » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:01 am

How is the little one after the weekend? I've been thinking of you.

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by Meandmymunki » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:23 am

He is really good thank you :)
Weight is up to 248 grams this morning, feeding really well and no more diarhoea :)

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by sarie » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:07 am

Yay! Miracle kitten... :) I have everything crossed that he's turned a corner and is now on track for a lovely little life. He's very lucky to have had you! :)

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by greenkitty » Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:09 am

Aww look at that little dot. Keeping everything crossed that he continues heading in the right direction.

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by meriad » Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:23 am

Aw, too cute, bless him

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by booktigger » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:27 pm

Aww, I'm so glad he is improving.

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by bobbys girl » Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:37 pm

Just got back from my weekend in England and had to find out how little'un is. Oh sooo cute! Glad he is doing well!

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by SarahT1 [PLLE] » Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:10 pm

Oh bless him. Well done you. Xx

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by MarkB » Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:22 pm

Well done Sally :)

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by Meandmymunki » Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:49 pm

Thanks guys :)
He continues to get bigger and stronger, I took him to see for a check up again this morning and he is now up to 280 grams and really playful and full of energy, I really thought I had lost him Wednesday night so am so pleased.

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by Crewella » Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:01 am

That's brilliant - well done! :D

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Re: Hand rear kitten with diarhoea

Post by greenkitty » Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:24 am

Fantastic news, really pleased he's rallied round :)

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