What should i expect? Kitten health trouble?

Question by PopTart: What should i expect? Kitten health trouble?
an outside feral cat had its kittens underneath our porch and i have been monitoring the kittens often. when 3 died i decided to aid the kittens. i have one left now, the others i didn’t get to in time. it is about a 5 weeks old. and its eating schedule was pretty hefty at first, but it started slowing down. now its eating way less than it should be intaking to survive. it is breathing heavily, and i have it on a heating pad. what should i expect? is it going to be okay?

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Answer by Cally
It might have an upper respiratory problem, or pneumonia. You may want to take it to the vet to get it treated. One reason cats may not eat is because they can’t smell the food, what they can’t smell, they refuse to eat.

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5 Responses to “What should i expect? Kitten health trouble?”

  1. Linda Porn (my married name) says:

    Bring it to a vet or the humane society to get it checked out, the breathing things doesn’t sound good and sounds like a respiratory problem which in turn would make it to where they can’t smell then they’ll refuse food if they can’t smell either. Do yourself and the kitten a favor and get it checked out ASAP!!

  2. Laurie says:

    You will need to take the kitten to the vet for antibiotics as it most likely has an infection. If you want to do it on your own, use the heating pad but no higher than the warm setting. Do not leave the heating pad unattended. Kitten formula will help with the vitamins that he is lacking. If he is not having a bowel movement or urinating try stimulating his rear with a warm damp cloth to make him go. At this age, they usually eliminate on their own but he may be too sluggish to do so. If he will eat a small amount of kitten food that would be helpful. Do not feed organ meats, no gravies and no fish as this is too rich for him. Fancy Feast Classic turkey in the white and green can may be your best bet for now. He will need to eat at least 4 times a day. Put the food in a saucer as it is shallow and much easier for him to eat from. You can also put the formula in a saucer. If he won’t eat it this way, put the formula in a kitten bottle and feed him in the same position mom cat would. Place his stomach on your hand, put the bottle in his mouth and tilt it slightly. Move it around in his mouth a little bit until he starts to suck. Remember, because he is so weak, he will need feeding in the middle of the night too. Please get him to a vet if possible. Thank you for helping him.

  3. Laura says:

    It sounds like it has an upper respiratory infection. or pneumonia. Without proper treatment it will likely go the way of its siblings. With treatment it may recover.

    Check this “question” for info on financial help for its care if that is what’s keeping you from getting it to the vet. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100914203118AAbCvyT

    BTW, once you have taken it in, or are even feeding it outside your home, you’ve become legally responsible for its well-being. If you don’t care for it or turn it over to someone who can, you’ve broken animal welfare laws.

  4. Catscarb114 says:

    Each of our feline Vadim got lost in France for Being unfaithful months

  5. CatsColumnHanc1776 says:

    but, just like, wouldn’t this kind of cat have grown to be feral It was a kitten gets hotter leaped apart!

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