Friday, June 27, 2014

Too Much Poo

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 Diarrhea is a pretty common thing when you're fostering kittens.  You don't know what the kittens  were eating before they came into the shelter, so it's impossible to slowly transition them to the food you want to feed them.  As their systems get accustomed to their new diet, you usually have some loose poo.

Well, the Kibblesmiths had it for a few days, but then it got worse and more frequent, so into the doctor they went. They tested a sample, which revealed nothing, so we started them out with a probiotic and they sent me home with a bag of sub q fluids to help keep them hydrated.

Still, it continued, and wee Delphine was starting to look a little low, so back to the vet we went, and we returned home with a couple of new medicines to try, another probiotic, a nutritional supplement, and more fluids.

So far, things seem to be working.  The poo seems thicker and has more shape, and the frequency has reduced too. It's not perfect, but it's better, and the girls are all starting to put a little weight on now.  Hopefully in next day or two, we'll see some nice little tootsie rolls in the box!

They've been here over two weeks, so quarantine should be up, but until they are 100%,  they'll stay in their basement quarters and we'll wait on letting them mingle with the medium and big cats upstairs.

They nap in their wire kennel,  and come out for meals and playtime.  I have a giant box that was used to ship flowers and it works great for their exercise area. It's four feet long and two feet wide, so there's a fair amount of room for running around.  The slick surface is great for chasing mylar balls on, and I've witnessed some pretty great soccer scrimmages in there.  They've figured out how to climb up the sides of the box, but no one seems to have the strength or sense to make it over the edge yet. Hopefully by the time they figure that out, they'll be healthy enough to move upstairs!

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Adoption fees don't even begin to cover the care costs of a sick kitten at the shelter.  Donations are crucial to help cover medical needs.  

Please consider making a donation to our fundraiser to help with these costs.  Every bit counts!  Even if you can only give enough to cover a round of vaccines for a wee kitty, please remember THAT HELPS.  You are making the difference in the life of a homeless animal when you donate any amount.  

We've got a nice $2500 matching donation challenge happening today (thanks to dear Cynthia) so if you donate now, your dollars will be doubled by her until we meet the cap.  The challenge runs until 9:00 PM Pacific Time.

To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit HERE.

We've got about $1700 left to meet in our match, so please help us reach today's goal.  

Thanks for all the support!   We appreciate you so much!!





7 comments:

  1. Canned unsweetened pumpkin works wonders.

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    1. It does- thank you for posting- I was just about to post that myself. It seems the fiber in plain (not pumpkin pie) canned pumpkin fixes either constipation and diarrhea. But not much! I wouldn't have a clue as to how teensy (1/4 teaspoon?) a bit to try.

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  2. I'm going through the same thing with a 5 year old. At least the Kibblesmiths have adorable antenna tails to distract you!

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  3. You are so right about kittens and diarrhea, it is almost a sure bet when fostering. I have used both Fortiflora and Bene Bac with good results. There is also a freeze dried food by Stella and Chewy that I use which the kittens (or any cat) love and it works well to clear up diarrhea problems. It is pure protein. Just take a few pieces and mix with water.

    Good luck with the fund raiser!

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  4. Oooooh, just wishing for them to get better quickly!!!

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  5. OMG, Laurie...they are so cute!

    I totally remember the 'Poop Diaries," when I fostered my four little boy kitties from 3.5 weeks old to three months....back and forth to the vets, the diarrhea, respiratory stuff........ when we finally got something akin to tootsie rolls ( that is what I called them, too, LOL !) I felt like I'd won the lottery !

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  6. Another chapter in the Poo Diaries, I wonder how many successful blogs have (ahem) regular discussion of the vagaries of kitten poo?
    We all cheer for firm poo!

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