I have been emailing and stopping into the shelter over the past few weeks trying to get some help for Smedley.
The whole lot of kittens, and Snow, had horrific diarrhea over the weeks they have been here. First it was near white, which all the websites say means excessive bacteria in the gut, then it was liquid and peeling paint off the walls with the stench, and tests on it showed something that looked like a thread worm, and later coccidia. We treated with marquis paste and albon and we gave some strongid to take care of any rounds since those are uber common in kittens. Some of the cats cleared up, some did not. Sometimes ones that cleared up would start up again.. Another test showed negative and I wondered if they might not have the new parasite they just found, since they had all of the symptoms, but that was summarily dismissed because they say it comes from cow urine. I don't know where these kittens come from and have no idea if they even looked to see what their history was. I do know Snow had another litter before she showed up here with her kittens.. but where she came from I do not know. I also know she had some serious dietary indiscretion by what she vomited up a few days after being here.
A threadworm was discovered in Snow's stool. No one knew how to treat it. I kept asking, no answer was ever given. Panacur was given eventually but not after another stool sample was brought in and coccidia was found. More marquis paste, more albon as well as probiotics, colloidal silver, and slippery elm bark as well as putting them on raw food. Issac Arnold put on weight. Health and vigor returned to everyone.
Everyone except Smedley. Well he had health and vigor, but Smed's stools went from nice looking to water to nice looking. He was pooping on the floor. His rear end would often be covered in in a foul smelling liquid and he left stains where ever he went (he wasn't alone in this but he kept it up the longest) I finally took him in to the shelter to attempt to get a super fresh stool sample to test it to see what was going on. He refused to give one. I got the tylan powder. His stools firmed up again. I grabbed a piece of one and brought it in and was told once again they saw coccidia.
In the mean time his rear end went from normal looking to this..
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He HATES having his rear end looked at so this doesn't really represent what is going on there but it is close enough. If I attempt to put anything soothing on it he flails and screams and claws and attempts to bite me - all which is so out of character for him. I know he must be in unbearable pain. The few times I was able to wipe it down (because it is often coated in a foul smelling liquid) I often see blood (and by wipe I mean touch a cloth to it). He also constantly has his tail 'poofed', which to me is further evidence of how much pain he is in..
|it isn't all that clear in this angle, |
but the first bit up to where his ankle is is 'puffy'
At this point I do not know if I am going to get him back. He and his siblings are all of weight. If they intend to keep him until he is better, than there is no point in keeping Verona, Mishka and Issac Arnold. At this point I intend to take Smed in this morning and then see what they have to say about it. I very much want to bring him back here and see him get well and give me a little more time to hopefully find someone who can not live without him and Issac Arnold..
|Issac Arnold growling over his new prize|
|Smed (laying down) Mishka, Issac Arnold and Verona|