Monday, June 5, 2017

You plan, kittens laugh



Things were going well with the kittens.. apparently, too well. They were absolutely determined to take a u-turn on the way to adoption town.

See on Thursday I had figured out what food Aaron would eat and he was gaining weight well. He was 1lb 11 oz so I emailed the shelter to let them know so they could plan on when they might like them back. Aloe made weight earlier in the week.

Friday morning I found several piles of vomit in the kitten room. My first thought was that they needed to be dewormed again. It is very common. I went in and sat down and examined each kitten and Aloe was fine and Aaron seemed a little lighter and possibly a little dehydrated. I weighed him and he had lost an ounce, so I guessed that he was the one vomiting. I put some food down to see if they were interested in eating and went to clean up the vomit. Both went to have a little something to eat, so I figured that was a good sign.

When I moved the cat bed to make sure I got all of the vomit, I saw something black moving. My first thought was one of the chunky spiders we get in that room. I grabbed it with my paper towel and went right for the window to toss it out.  As I was trying to dislodge it I realized it had two segments a head and a body. I don't know of spiders around me that have that. I was still trying to figure out what it was and make sure it didn't touch me (because - ewww) and get it out of the house. It fell just as it hit me that it looked very much like a large black ant without its abdomen segment. I felt a little sick wondering what kind of half-life that ant would have, but I wasn't about to go out and try to find it.

As I was cleaning up the vomit, I found the abdomen. I took a photo of it just in case. Since the kittens were eating, I went to work and reported what was going on. The shelter wasn't worried, and by the time I got home from work they were doing just fine. No more vomiting.


Then Sunday morning I went down to feed them breakfast and found more vomit.  Checked over Aaron and he was fine.  I put down food and Aaron went right to it. Aloe is usually too busy investigating everything to eat, so the fact that he didn't go right to the food didn't worry me at all. I cleaned up the vomit and sat down and grabbed Aloe to give him the once over. He seemed bright eyed and he struggled to get down, so my first thought was he was fine. I held on to him and noticed he felt a little warm.

Now Aloe has very little fur on his belly so he has always felt a bit like a warm bag of hot water when you have your hand on his belly, but because of the vomiting, I wanted to be sure. I took his temperature and it was 103.5 on my thermometer.  I reported this to the shelter and I was asked to bring him right in. I was asked to bring both of them to be safe.  I took the above photo after taking Aloe's temp and put him down to go and call the shelter. He climbed right up on Happy Bear and apparently when I was gone Aaron climbed up to cuddle with him. I love the look on Aaron's face like he can't believe I'd disturb them.

So, that is where they are right now. I am hoping that by the time I got them to the shelter the fever resolved itself. (I have had that happen before, makes me look incredibly foolish) and they ate up a storm and so they decide to keep them to get them neutered. That would be ideal. Next would be that the fever resolves itself and they decide Aaron needs a few more days and they come back to me. After that would be a cold where they need medicine for a few days. Way down on the list of 'what ifs' is that they have become very ill - but that is so far down I don't even think that is a possibility. I'll let you know when I know.

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like there's never a dull moment at your house! Hopefully the kitties are fine and will be neutered.

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  2. I'm sending some purrs to the babies, just in case! I hope they are okay and whatever is going on resolves itself. I know you'll keep us posted.

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  3. We're sending strong purrayers their way.

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  4. The title -- so true! Hope the little dudes are feeling right as rain, soon.

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  5. You do such a wonderful kindness to take care of these babies. I would be stressed out all the time worrying about them. I go to our local shelter to socialize and play with the cats but I know they are in good hands and someone else is making sure they are okay. I do of course report anything that seems not right. I hope all is well with these two sweeties.

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  6. first....ewww We hope it isn't anything serious and they bounce back quickly

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  7. I sure hope the fever resolves itself. They are so sweet cuddling up on Happy Bear :-)

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  8. We hope it's nothing serious. Purrs

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  9. Hope they bounce back quickly! Poor babes, and poor you for having to clean it all up...ick

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  10. Sending good vibes and purrs to the kits.

    Emma and Buster

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  11. Purraying that these babies will bounce back and be fine. POTP !

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  12. We're purring for the kittens and hope this is just a little bump in the road on their way to furever homes.

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  13. Happy Bear makes everything better.

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  14. This post made me smile, kittens are so adorable and always up to mischief

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  15. I hope they feel better soon.

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  16. Oh, noes! I hope they come back to you soon! And no more scary bugs in the foster room. Or anywhere. Ever.

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