Monday, August 26, 2013

Fading Kitten - Purrs needed


So this wasn't a good morning.  I went down to feed Snow and change out the bedding yet again.  As I was moving looking around I noticed one kitten sitting in the corner behind Snow.  I started moving the kits out of the box and into the smaller box to change the bedding and when I got to this kitten I knew immediately it wasn't good.

No, it wasn't the wee one, nor was it any of the three that have had the diarrhea the worst, it was one of the gray boys.  I put him on the couch and move the rest of the kittens over and changed out the bedding quickly hoping he would 'wake up' and start moving around but I knew pretty quickly he wasn't just sleeping heavy.

He wasn't rolling over, he laid right where I put him.  I picked him up and he felt cold.  I wrapped him in a face cloth and held him to me hoping that my day didn't just take the turn that I was seeing happening, but no, warming him up wasn't helping.  He needed professional help.  I packed up mom and the kits and tucked him in my shirt and ran for the car.  I got there and was so fearful for him that I went into the house to get some Kayro Syrup for him.  Sadly I didn't have any (or I simply couldn't see it) so I warmed up some goats milk and tried to get some of that in him.  He wasn't thrilled with that but took a few drops.  I was more worried about him inhaling it so I gave up quickly and off I went.

I stopped at the Kennebunk Vet near the shelter and they told me they couldn't help me* and tried to send me off to the emergency clinic.  I continued on to the shelter who told me that they didn't have anyone to put him down.  I said I've already done that this year I'd very much like to try to save this one, so after some phone calls and some paperwork (and he is now temporarily called SMVC) (OMG.. Smivick.. I like it ) I went on the 20 minute car ride to another vet.

Tucked in my shirt snuggled by my heart I kept patting his head and his little body to keep his blood flowing and talking to him. There were a few times I was afraid because he stopped mewing and because he was so darn cold, but we did make it.

The vet took his temp and it was 92ish.. (could have been a bit higher but the vet didn't leave the thermometer in that long) and he talked about how hard this road would be.  I explained I've been doing this for long enough to know exactly what we were facing but having lost a kitten this year with out even trying I really needed them to try.  They are going to snuggle him up to some warm water bottles and give him some warm fluids and glucose and some antibiotics..

Since I brought the rest of the family and since we had diarrhea issues in some of them I asked if they could just watch the family today so I didn't have to worry about another one going down.  He said they would, so the whole family is there right now..   Paws crossed that I get the whole family back when the day is done..


*while I too was upset that they couldn't help me, please do not be too mad at them.  They had their own emergencies from the weekend (being Monday morning and all) and they said they did not have an available vet who could deal with it.  While I am not happy with the outcome, I can understand it.  Also the shelter is just not equipped to deal with sick kittens, and the chances of our little Smivick making it is kind of low, so I can sorta understand the though of not putting him through more trying..  *I* needed them to try..


**UPDATE**

I just got a phone call from the vet.  Smivick passed away.

46 comments:

  1. I tell you, I'm not impressed with the first vet that you went to see.... nor am I impressed with the shelter's response. Glad you finally found someone that was willing to DO SOMETHING to save a life! *Hugz*

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  2. Lots of purrs from all of us. Unbelievable that you had to go so many places to get help. We're crossing paws and sending purrs -- and hugs for you, because you sound like you need them this morning.

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  3. Oh, no, how very sad. Kudos to you for going the extra mile for this babe. . . .

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  4. Oh that poor little kitty. Poor little Smivick. I've got my fur-family organized over here and we're purrin' up a storm for Smivick. The twelve of us can generate some major purrs and they're all headed your way. We're sendin' prayers, too, of course. We'll be thinkin' of you and purrin' for you for as long as you need us to, Smivick. I promise.

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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  5. One more thing to add. That last hospital you went to sounds really good. It sounds like they really care 'bout the kitties.

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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  6. We're sending good vibes and prayers to for little smivick and the family,xx Rachel and Speedy

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  7. Keeping all of our paws crossed for the little one.

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  8. Oh goodness. Prayers coming your way for little Smivick. We'll all help you fight for him!

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  9. Our paws are crossed for little Smivick; prayers and our strongest healing purrs are flying your way... Rainbow

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    1. Just read the update - so very sorry - rest in peace little Smivick.
      Thinking of you.
      Purrs ... Rainbow

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  10. Oh goodness. Prayers coming your way for little Smivick. We'll all help you fight for him!

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  11. I'm sending lots of purrs to the baby - please keep us posted!

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  12. All our prayers and healing husky woooos,

    RA

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  13. I was just peeking at your FB page and saw the news that he'd passed. I'm so sorry. Poor little one.

    Peace.

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  14. I have been off line most of the day... just saw this and my heart is breaking for poor small baby Smivick and for you as well my friend. Hugs and purrs. Hoping that Snow and the others are doing ok.

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  15. I am so very sorry about the loss of this little one. There are no words that can ease the way it feels especially for the loss of a kitten. We will continue to say prayers for the rest of the family and hope that the diarrhea is controlled and that the rest of the family will do better. *hugs* WE are so very sorry.

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  16. Oh, I am so sorry. I know he (and we) appreciate all you did for him, and for his entire family. Peace and blessings.

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  17. Dad says when they are so little they can go fast. He lost one a few foster litters ago and really was upset so understands why you are giving this fellow some fighting. He says we need to pray and purr as you never know.
    We are with you
    Timmy Dad and Family

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  18. We are so sorry to hear this. We know you did everything you could. We hope the rest recover and grow up strong.

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  19. So sorry Smivick didn't make it. No matter how old or young they are it hurts to lose them. I sure hope the rest of the little family pull through.

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  20. So sorry for you about losing another kitten this year. I hope the others will be alright. Thinking of them in my thoughts. I too lost a kitten this year. Rescued her but she died a couple of weeks later of an illness.

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  21. We are very sorry that tiny Smivick has passed. After losing my first kitten this year I now understand in a way I could not before. Lots of paw prayers from our house that the rest of the family pulls through. Just remember that you are doing a wonderful job caring for them and all the fosters you take in!

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  22. I'm so very sorry for you. You're doing such amazing work for these poor little creatures and I know this will break your heart. XO

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  23. Me nad my mom-person are sorry that Smivick passed away :(
    XOXO

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  24. purrs and prayers...may the gods smile on this little one.

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  25. How heartbreaking to lose little Smivick. We're purring for the rest of his family, and sending you big hugs.

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  26. What a nightmare. Please, please, please, hang on little kitty. Many purrs coming your way.

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  27. Oh Connie, I am so so so sorry. Sending hugs for you and the crew.

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  28. Oh no I am in tears..so sorry Smivick passed away. You did the very best for him and he must have felt warm love from you. My thoughts are with you....

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  29. Sending our healing purrs to the little family!

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  30. We are so sorry to hear about Smivick. We'll look for the newest star in the heavens tonight. Purrs....

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  31. I am sorry that Smivick did not make it.

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  32. Oh no, how heart-breaking about baby Smivick. We send Snow and the rest of the babies our strongest purrs and prayers for their good health. Big purrs and good thoughts to you Connie, what a tough day.

    Be Well Sweet Baby Smivick

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  33. I'm so sorry that Smivick didn't make it, poor baby. The cats and I are purring and praying the rest of the family will be healthy soon.

    Take care.

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  34. So sad!!! Banjo and I send lots of love and good thoughts.
    Hugs!
    xo Catherine

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  35. I am s sorry to hear Smivick passed away, but he was warm and with his mom and you, so he was in the best of hands. God bless you, Connie, for all you do and for not giving up on a little life. Our condolences, good vibes and purrs to you.

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  36. Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry. What a shock, even after all the ups and downs the litter has been through. I hope the rest stay well. Goodbye, little Smivick, perhaps you were needed elsewhere.

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  37. I am sorry that you lost him!

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  38. So sorry Smivick didn't make it. Run free, little ketteh.

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  39. Connie, there are just no words to describe how incredible I think your efforts have been to save this little baby (and take care of the entire family)..........you are to be commended. I'm so sorry for his passing but may you take comfort in knowing that you did all that you could do, and may you remember that in the end, these types of situations are really not within our control.

    Sending thoughts your way.

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  40. We are so sad that the kitten did not survive. You certainly went the extra mile and more to save that little guy. We are purraying that the remainder of the litter starts to improve. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  42. We are so sorry to here about Smivick. You really did all you could.

    Purrs and prayers,
    Dunkel, Smokey, and Vito

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  43. We're so sorry.

    The Paw Relations

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