Thursday, May 11, 2017

The post about Watson and his trip to the vet



As I mentioned earlier in the week, we were having some issues with soft stools. The kittens seemed to fill up the litter box in 12 hours. Now I know kittens are little poop machines, but this was getting ridiculous. The kittens get dewormed for roundworms before they go into foster care and the worms dying off will often cause stool to become loose. I was waiting for them to firm back up, which they generally do, and when I found a few nice stools in the box I thought the worst was over.

I thought wrong.


It was pretty apparent that it was Watson having some issues as he was not putting weight on as well as Sherlock was. By Monday night I was pretty sure things were on that point where they were either going to get better by morning or go rolling down hill. I offered more food and they were eating well, and very active, so I decided check in the morning and if there was soft stool to send a stool sample up to the shelter. In exchange for the stool sample, I was given marquis paste and some fluids in return. (fun trade)

Tuesday night I gave both kittens the medicine and they both reacted quite violently and ended up all drooly. I cleaned them off and cuddled with them for a bit and then attempted to give Watson some fluids and he was having none of that. I think I ended up with more on me than was in him. When I finally got a nice bubble of fluids in him, I let him decide what he was going to do next. It was about half an hour after getting the meds and Watson vomited up some of the marquis paste, so I knew I'd be asking the shelter if they wanted to take additional steps.


In the morning it was apparent that Watson was not eating at all. He felt even thinner to me, so I went and got some goat milk and force fed him. That did not go well at all, but I got some calories and fluid in him so I went off to work and emailed the shelter.


They decided that they wanted to see him and asked if I would drop him off in the morning. I volunteered to leave work to bring him up today if they had time, and they did, so I took a couple hours off of work and drove up.


Sherlock came along because I didn't want to leave him behind. I was able to get a fresh stool sample and it was becoming a yellowish/orange.

The vet looked him over and said he looked good in general (that is because I am proactive) and when I mentioned that he vomited up the medicine she said that he had to keep that down (um, yes, that is why I brought him in) and that he needed to eat (again, that was why we were there) but I smiled and nodded.

The vet prescribed him some metro and a shot of penicillin. I had them give some fluids there and by the time they were done getting the fluids in him he started looking around for food.



He didn't eat a lot, but he ate. Sherlock received the same treatment and had a little snack too.

I brought them home and I'm sure they promptly took a nap, but I had to go back to work. Jack tried to tell them that eating was good, but I'm not sure they listened.


When I got home from work I went down to check on them. Watson was still mopey, still not really eating, and REALLY did not want the medicine.. which is always a good thing when a ill kitty fights you. I offered him some liquid from a can of food, he was not amused. I offered him some goat milk and probiotics, he was not amused. I tried to give him a bottle to nurse on, he was not amused. I'm pretty sure he said some unkind thoughts in his head about me, along with 'why on earth won't she just stop!'

He is also peeing on a sheet that is in the room, so I know he is really not feeling well. I am giving it the night for the marquis paste and the penicillin to do some serious work on his not feeling well and if he is not eating in the morning he will be force fed and there will be more communication with the shelter, because he has almost nothing left in his gas tank (if you will) and if he goes on like this much longer it is going to be very hard for him to come back from it.

And just so you know, five minutes after I ticked him off with all that shoving stuff in him, he was back on my chest snuggling and nursing on my clothes again, so I'm pretty sure I'm forgiven.

18 comments:

  1. We'll be purring for Watson. You do such great work with the kittehz. Sending you lots of kitteh >>smooches<< from our little horde.
    XOXO

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  2. They just don't listen when you tell them to stop worrying you like that. Watson surely wins the cuteness award, though. Hope he shapes up soon.

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  3. Watson sounds like a real sweetheart to be so cuddly after all he had to go through. I'm sending lots and lots of purrs his way!

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  4. If anyone can turn this around, it's you! Sending purrs and hugs, just in case.

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  5. Anonymous7:46 AM

    Get well soon, Watson!

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  6. Get well soon Watson xxx

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  7. Poor baby! We will all send purrs your way.

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  8. at least you were forgiven....hope the meds kick in and he is feeling better

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  9. Aw, Watson, if you could only understand she is trying to help you!

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  10. Listen to your Uncle Jack! Eating is good. Purrs to all of you.

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  11. Poor widdle Watson! EAT dood! Unca jack is RIGHT. And Aunt Connie - KISSES??? Of COURSE! ~ Faraday

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  12. Poor little mite ! I hope he gets better soon ! Purrayers and POTP to you all !

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  13. Aw, poor Watson. We send him lots of purrs and hope he's feeling better.

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  14. How awful for Watson and you. Thank goodness he has the best foster mom in the world. Sending healing vibes from the seven of us.

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  15. I will be praying for him.

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  16. I hope Watson is feeling better soon. He sounds like a love bug.

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  17. Oh no, I hope he starts feeling better soon. You're such an awesome foster parent and he's in great hands with you.

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  18. poor little guy. I hope he can bounce back.
    Purrs.

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