Friday, October 21, 2016

Trout does not like driving in the car



When we met the current foster, the fish kittens, I told you that Trout and Guppy were significantly smaller than Flounder and Puffer. Flounder and Puffer are doing very well and give me absolutely no cause for concern - except the fact that they have no use for me (yet). Guppy loves me and thinks being patted is super fabulous and she is putting on weight. Trout also thinks I'm pretty cool and likes attention but he was not putting on weight.  He arrived at 15 ounces he continued to be 15 oz.


He also refused to eat wet food, instead preferring to eat dry, which is very odd. In the 14 years I've been doing this I've only had one other kitten who shunned wet for dry.  He was also making a grinding noise when he ate it, which I have been told is a sign that a kitty isn't feeling well.

I popped open a jar of baby food and offered it to him and he had no idea what to do with it. I found a syringe and forced some in his mouth. He seemed to like that quite a bit so I ended up giving him a bit more than an ounce of it before he seemed to be getting tired.  I weighed him again and he was just over one pound, so I felt satisfied and let him clean up and hunker down for a nap.

He slept while his sisters played. He continued to sleep, and sleep some more.  His sisters went down for a quick kitten nap and got up and started playing again... he slept.

I got up to tidy up the room and noticed there was a deposit in the litter box that had several drops of red blood on it. I looked at Trout sleeping away and immediately became extremely concerned.  I attempted to rouse him from his sleep and he looked at me like I was insane and immediately cozied back up to Happy Bear and went back to sleep.


He felt warm. So, I did what any logical sane person would do, I panicked... and then I got out the thermometer and took his temperature.  104.2!  He had quite a bit to say about having his temperature taken, so I worried a bit less.  I put a call into the foster coordinator and she advised me to give him some fluids and wipe down his paw pads with cool water to help bring his temp down, so I did along with his ears.  He didn't want the fluids either, which I also took as a good sign. Still worried, I went to bed knowing that he would be going to the shelter in the morning for the vet to give him a once over.

In the morning he went to the shelter and I was told the exam went fairly well. They didn't see anything of concern, he looked good, his temp was normal, so they prescribed antibiotics assuming he was coming down with a URI and I asked for more fluids to have on hand if need be.  My husband went and picked him up to bring him back here and he reported that Trout gave him what for and demanded to be let out of the box and when he made it home he bellied right up to the dry food and started eating.

When I got home last night I weighed him and he is now one pound one ounce. He is eating on his own, but wet food almost seems to scare him. I try to offer it to him and he backs away from it. If I put it in his mouth he spits it out. I'm getting to the point where I'm considering offering him raw to see what he'd do with it.

He still wasn't as active as I would like, preferring to snuggle up to Happy Bear and the Snuggle Safe disc the shelter sent home with him, but he did attempt to play with his sisters. I am encouraged that things will get better, but I'm not about to let my guard down.

16 comments:

  1. I'm sending lots of purrs to Trout - I hope he gets better soon, and starts putting on weight like a normal baby.

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  2. Poor Trout. He's got plenty of personality to make up for his size. I hope he's over the hump and starts feeling better.

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  3. Hang in there Trout! You need to eat more, especially the wet noms. They will make you big and strong. I'm cheering for you even though I'm a little under the weather myself. But I'm eating really good even without my choppers. Feel better buddy! Love, Izzy

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  4. They are soooo adorable <3

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  5. those little ones can give you heart burn. glad he seems to be feeling a little better....purrs

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  6. Come on, Trout, wet food is yummy!

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  7. Trout buddy, wet stinky food is yummy, try it please. Purrs.

    Emma and Buster

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  8. Sweet, little Trout. Sending you soft kisses, kisses with a teensy bit of yummy wet food around the edges.

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  9. We're purring for Trout and hoping he'll be okay. He's awfully cute!

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  10. Purrayers for little Trout (and all the crew). I have had cats make that grinding sound when they eat occasionally - usually older cats, sometimes elderly cats. It wasn't continual, so I never looked into it. I will be more aware from now on. They could be eating soft food and it would sound like they were crunching kibble. Sometimes it sounded like they were trying to get peanut butter off the roof of their mouths, though no peanut butter was involved.

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    1. I had a cat that did it too, I mentioned it to the vet and he was the one that told me it was nausea.

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  11. I hope he continues to feel better.

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  12. Poor little guy. Please eat as much as you can so you will grow big and strong.

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  13. Poor Trout, I hope he feels better soon.

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  14. Poor Trout. We hope he feels better soon. Purrs

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  15. Poor little kit. Paws crossed that he begins to feel better.

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