I had/have 3 two and a half week old foster kittens whom I started fostering when they were three days old. Well two weeks ago the female began to have a wet bottom all the time and she was put on oral antibiotics for a while. It seemed to clear up and I monitored her bro's to make sure they weren't suckling her. Then it came back and all of them also got gunky eyes a few days after their eyes opened. They were all placed on topical antibiotics for their eyes but it did not clear up after a week. One developed diarrhea, while another sneezed a lot but they've never lost their appetite. They were all relatively active but they walked really funny, on "tippy claws". I took them to the vet this past Friday and they've been in the URI clinic ever since but even the staff doesn't know what's wrong with them because they're exhibiting symptoms from both FD and URI. Anyone have experience with FD? Personally I think it's distemper because there's little chance they could have caught URI here and I've had experience with URI felines. I know they can't be vaccinated for distemper until at least 8 weeks but if make it that far can they be vaccinated if they're ill? If it's distemper I've been informed that they will be pts, should I offer to adopt them and see how things go since other cats would not be exposed in my care? Would this be a dangerous thing to do? Thanks
The physical symptoms you describe are definitely to me indicitive of feline distemper and not a URI. I"ve never know a cat (or a human) to show strange physical habits outside of sneezing as a result of getting a cold.
I'm not sure. I am more familiar with canine distemper tahn I am feline distemper honestly. With canine distemper, the mortality rate is so high it almost doesnt make a difference if you vaccinate it or not. As far as I know, in both animals all care and treatment is mostly just do your best to help the animal through it and guard against secondary infections, and hoipe for the best.
Yes Carrot, I am very familiar with the Feline distemper. Is is the most frustrating disease. There is a stray cat that I have been unable to catch or get ahold of but she carries this distemper and even though my female mothers are vaccinated for this It eventually keeps passing to the kittens from this stray cat!!! when they quit nursing and start eating dry food. The eye medicine only helps clear up the eyes for a short time. I put all the cats on a amoxi. antibotic til they can get to the 8 week mark but if it has not cleared up by then they are unable to get the shot to prevent this. most of the kitties end up dying with all my attempts . Jubilee
Casper: The female was on amoxi. antibiotics for a while. Unfortunately I don't know what they're currently being treated with but this absolutely breaks my heart. You're right about the eyes though, they only seem to clear up temporarily. I guess the only thing I can do is think positive but I'm not going to kid myself either because I pretty much know what's wrong. If they end up being pts I'll ask if I can take them home the night before if they'll let me.
well carrot I hope they can help the kitties. Sometimes they do snap out of it ?? At least the stronger ones do. What drives me nuts is this stray cat doesn't show up for months then when I got baby kitties and they are so healthy and fat, all of the sudden I will see this cat in the barn . And darn if I don't have sick kitties again. yes I have moved them to the house have even built them a cat condo to try and keep them away. but they go hunting with their mom and I can't keep them locked up forever. I have even found homes for the kitties before they are ready to be weaned just so they don't get the distemper. This stray cat looks horrible she has no ears and missing and eye and looks half dead??? I can't believe she lives from year to year?? You can't even get near her. I have tried catching her with a live trap but only to find one of my cats in there LOL
I'm hoping so too, like I said they never lost their appetite only a bit of their energy level in the last few days. I call tomorrow morning to see if I get to foster them again and I sure hope I do cuz I basically cried myself to sleep last night thinking about their fate. Thanks for the info and good luck with your own.
GREAT NEWS! I get to go get the little guys today! They think that they were sick with URI but I still think their signs pointed to distemper. They weighed enough to be vaccinated so I hope everything goes well. Yay Grace, Fred and Boston!!!!!!!!
Glad to hear you get to pick them up! I grew up on a farm, and saw feline distemper many times with our farm cats. I'm not sure of the early symptoms, but these are the ones I remember: Lethargic Vomiting a foamy yellow substance (OFTEN) Dehydration and weakness: Often they will just sit by their water dish, or hang their head over it, but won't drink. It is a devastating disease....and very contagious. It also sounds like it could be that nasty feline respitory illness, also very contagious. With it, they get the gooky eyes, running nose, very wet sneezes. When they sneeze, gunk will literally fly out of their nose. (also a memory from our farm cats...) Good luck, I hope it's not distemper!
Another update! They're all doing great, a lot of meds but aside from that they're good. They still don't know what it was, perhaps a virus. I hadn't seem them in 6 days and it's amazing to see the changes in them. They're turning into quite the cats! My little babies are all growing up. Thanks for the support guys.