I just got a kitten. I've been visiting her for about two weeks and she came back from getting spayed with a cold. I decided I'd adopt her anyways since they told me its not serious-- if by the end of the week she seems like she's getting worse, I may take her back even though it would pretty much kill me to do so at this point. I just don't want her to die!
I took her to the vet immediately after I left the shelter and I've got antibiotics and L lysine to help get her better. But right now, she's not eating. I've only had her since 12 pm yesterday, but that's like a day and a half without eating. She's just so tiny already and I can't imagine her not eating..
I know I'm probably over reacting. I'm just soo new to having a cat as it is, I wasn't expecting to get a sick cat. Does anyone have any stories about their cats getting this cold? How long did it take for them to get better? Were they eating?
No, you are making sense...When we got one of our twin Yorkies, the girl was so tiny...We hand fed her pieces of dog food dipped in chicken broth to get her to eat...One piece at a time.. .Took like an hour to feed her a meal...Took her out on the sun porch away from the boy as he wanted all the food...Do something to entice her...Dip some cat food in milk or a broth or whatever it is that cat's love..If she won't drink, get a plastic dropper and put it down her throat...We did all these things with our little girl....
Good luck Maddie...I love baby cats and dogs...Like them when they are bigger too...
I took her to the vet yesterday because she still wasn't really interested in her food-- and I tried EVERYTHING! On March 21 she weighed in at a staggering 4.1 lbs and yesterday she was down to 3.5lbs. After sitting alone in the tiny exam room for over an hour (but I could her everyone ooing and ahing over her in the lab room). My vet came in and went right into cost estimates and blood work estimates-- which was incredibly overwhelming. They wanted to keep her over night which would have costed around $350. My other option was to give her a hydration shot(which I didn't really get since she's drinking water just fine) and an apetite stimulant. I took that option since the humane society told me they wouldn't really do anything I couldn't do on my own.
She's eating now, but she's a diva and only wants the tuna I was "coaxing" her to eat earlier. She doesn't want normal catfood, but I'll figure out how to get her to like it eventually since tuna isn't exactly healthly or cheap.
She's finally sneezing everything out of her nose and last night I even had to search to find her when I came home(wasn't an issue before since I could hear her breathing and knew where she was always). She's also fit enough to prance about and explore now since she's finding all the dark hiding places in my apartment.
So anyways.. she's not 100%, but she's getting there.
Hi, I work at a humane society as a vet tech and we ALWAYS have cats with URI, most cats will get URI either while at the shelter or shortly after being adopted. I think veterinarians overreact when it comes to URI. They want to run all kinds of bloodwork, hospitalize, etc. Really, its just a virus and with the proper antibiotics they recover just fine (as long as they eat and stay hydrated). Some cats get it worse than others and need to be force fed and be given fluids, etc but most recover just fine with no complications. It sounds like your cat is recovering just fine and you are doing everything right. Good luck!
I just adopted my cat from an animal shelter 5 days ago and all the kittens at the shelter had URIs. They were treating all the animals with antibiotics there and when we brought Ringo home he started with his sneezing. We got him some antibiotics and have been giving them to him He sneezes all the time and has sneezing fits and the past two days he has had watery eyes. He eats very well and still runs around and plays, so I assume he is doing pretty well... I just hope it clears up soon cause it is so sad to see him sick!
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The Vet will instruct you to the dose IF there is an over the counter medication needed. (there are some that they are prescribed on occasion) NEVER give a cat or dog acetomenophen, naprocin, or ibuprophen!!! It is VERY BAD for them. Ask your vet what to do if in question.
For a cold they will most likely get over it themselves. Like most of us do.
Keep loving your pets,the return is huge:-).