June 6th, 2003, 11:47 PM
someone please help me.my cat had kittens about 6 weeks ago.she had 5 of them.one of them died about a week ago.she wasnt eating at all...i had to force feed her with a serenge.she would never walk around or play with the other kittens.she would just sit there with her head down looking at the floor.and now another one of the kittens is having the same symptoms.all of the kittens eyes get crusted over so ill wipe them with a warm washcloth and ill open them with my fingers.when i do this a yellow puss like discharge comes out.i plan on taking them to the vet when i get the money for it but i need to know what to do in the meantime.someone please help.i cant have another one of my kittens die.please.
June 7th, 2003, 09:47 AM
Just imagine if you were writing about a human insted of a cat. Would any doctor give you advice when so many possibilities exist.
How can anyone including a vet, in good faith give you advice on this situation through the net. They need to be examined. It is obvious that the mom has rejected some of her kittens. why. is the cat sick. are the kittens sick. do they have eye infections. do they have any other problems.
You are describing an ongoing emergency, given that one kitten is dead and another is deathly sick.
The only answer is EMERGENCY ROOM....AND spay the cat for gods sake.
Given that you do not have the financial means to take care of your cat I highly recommend that you do not get another pet...or at least get pet insurance.
June 8th, 2003, 07:41 PM
nesselovescats, you sound really stressed out!
This sounds like something that can't wait , because the end result might just be that all the kittens will die.
I would ask a familiy member or friend if you can borrow the money, and then pay them back instead of trying to save up to go to the vets.
I get the impression that momma cat is rejecting the sick kittens, this does happen in nature with a lot of different species.
Please consider spaying your cat. Spaying and neutering is so important ! I know that a litter of kittens (or puppies for that matter) is soo cute, however, for each of those little ones there is one equally cute in a shelter that will get destroyed because there is no home for it.
I don't agree that if you have no money you should not own a pet, all it requires is for you to be responsible.
When you get a kitten, you have basically 5 good months to set money aside for spaying or neutering. If you are not a saver, then make a deal with your vet that you come in every payday and make a deposit at the vet's. That way, when it comes to getting fluffy fixed, the money is there!
Also, if you don't have a lot of money, then getting pet insurance is the only way to go. For around 20 bucks a month you get an excellent coverage so when something happens ( regular yearly shots are not included but that too you can set aside money for or make payments beforehand at the vet's) your pet is covered.
Please let us know how things turn out, and please call your vet.
June 19th, 2003, 09:36 AM
Jessica, how are things going now?
Were you able to see a vet ?
How are the kittens doing , can you give us an update ?
My thoughts have been going out to you and your furry family.
June 19th, 2003, 11:36 PM
hi guys.thanks for your support and replys.im sad to say that shortly after i wrote my first post the sick kitten died.all the others are doin great though.they all got a new home together and their new owner took them to the vet right away.they're so adorable.
thanks again.and as for any negativity the was replied to my post i think is seriously screwed up.this cat showed up on my doorstep and was pregnant with kittens.i tried to find her owner but i had no luck and soon enough she was having kittens.i love cats to death but i know i dont have enough money to take her or her kittens to the vet i was just trying to make her comfortable so she wouldent have them out next to one of the lakes around here or anything else.so please dont lecture me on anything because believe me..i feel bad enough about the deaths of the kittens as is.
June 20th, 2003, 10:10 AM
Good for you taking that cat in and making sure she and her kittens were going to be ok.
I understood from your initial post that this was your cat .Mine was not the nasty post,lol.
I get so furious when people exclaim that one can not own a pet if one doesn't have money.
Vets didn't used to be that expensive and they used to be willing to take payments . They don't anymore, the ones that still will are very rare!
We have 3 pets at present, a dog and two cats. I also have pet insurance as that is the only way to go if you don't have money .
I think Jessica is a wonderful caring human being for taking in a cat in need and for ensuring that she and her kittens find a good home!
Having taken care of several abandoned cats myself ( we live in a part of town that for some reason is a drop-off place for unwanted animals) I know it is not easy to feed extra pet mouths when you are on a budget .
thanks for giving me this update Jessica, I am glad things worked out well !
June 21st, 2003, 02:01 AM
I, too, don't have money for vets and am suddenly
burdened with a lot of illness. I was away getting
a liver cancer treated in Houston for 5 months and left
my dogin the care of others.
He is in deplorable condition and since he is an old dog, I have been spending all I can afford getting him in back in shape. In the
meantime, in the Houston area, I found a couple of cats.
Texas is overrun with feral cats, but a little kitten
began to follow me around. I fed it and noticed this
other cat always with it, and he would always let the
kitten eat his fill before he are, he kept the kitten
washed up, taught it to hunt, etc, etc. I thought it
was the kitten's mother. Then one day I noticed it was
a tom. I was amazed. Then one day the cat endured
horrible wounds from a pack of dogs he was defending the
kitten. I took him to a vet and it was very expensive.
I decided to take both of these poor orphan cats home as
I just couldn't stand it that the kitten and this noble
tomcat would starve to death or be eaten by the dogs.
Now I am dead broke and am barely managing and NOW the
kitten has an eye infection. Did you get any good advice
on how to treat a cat's eye infection?
June 21st, 2003, 09:42 AM
if you go to your local pharmacy, you can get antibiotic eye drops from your pharmacist. They are not very expensive at all !
When we were in SC for a holiday, there were feral cats around the hotel and I was told that there are feral cats all over the US.
I fed them while we were there but was in no position to take them home with me. It broke my heart !
I wish there were more people out there like you and Jessica, you are angels !
I always wondered why Bob Barker keeps saying "have your pets spayed or neutered " . Now I know .
The pet insurance people should set up a deal that for a few bucks more a month, spaying and neutering is included in their insurance. I don't know why they don't do that.
This way, maybe people would be more inclined to get their pets fixed.
June 23rd, 2003, 01:00 AM
there is this eyewash stuff at drugstores called boric eyewash or something along those lines.its help alot.
June 23rd, 2003, 03:24 AM
Thank you, Nesse, I have heard of it, but forgot about it.
My little kitty seems to like having his eyes cleaned and
comes around to purr about it. His eye look better now
than in the picture. I have been wiping them with a cotton
ball wet with colloidal silver because I have been too ill
to get out of the house today. He won't allow me to put
anything in his eye yet. I have put colloidal silver in my
own eyes just to see if it stings and it does not.
June 25th, 2003, 01:15 AM
awwwwwww!!!your cat is sooooo cute!
June 25th, 2003, 02:35 AM
Thanks Nesse. He is a prety kitty. His fur is very silky.
His father's coat is short and coarse by comparison.
I got to the drugstore today and the pharmacist wouldn't
sell me any polysporin eyedrops without a prescription.
He got mad and sort of yelled at me when I said I didn't
need one because it was for my cat. (You can buy
penicillin and other antibiotics at vet supply places
without a prescription, but it is about forty miles to
the nearest vet supply. I have never done it, but I know a
lot of poor people who get their medicine at these places
because doctors are so expensive. It is the same stuff,
just marked for veterinary use only.) He yelled at me that
he didn't care WHO it was for and that I should get a
prescription from a veterinarian. So I went home and
ordered it from a Canadian pharmacy over the net. They
said to fax them a form with physician's prescription on it,
but of course I didn't. So I will see if I get it or not.
So anyway, the cat may be cured by the time I get it. I
have been squeezing colloidal silver out of a saturated
cotton ball into his eye and it looks a WHOLE lot better.
I think the form is for US customers who are looking to fill
their prescriptions in Canada because the drugs are so much
cheaper there (the American drug manufacturers sell their
products to all other countries for a third of what they
charge Americans.) So anyway, if a prescription isn't
required in Canada for these eyedrops, maybe I will get them.
These two cats are very small guys. Papa is much smaller than
Sunshine. I have always had GIANT cats before. I figure these
two are so small because of generations of feral cats not
getting enough to eat.
I may have a hairball problem pretty soon. Papa, the tiny old
father cat has been trying to groom my enormous and very old
Brittany Spaniel. I am glad that they have become friends,
because Regal (named Chevas Regal because his orange spots are
the color of Scotch whisky) is very lonely. He no longer has
the energy to even walk around except to eat and go outside to
potty, and he is a sweet loving dog. So I am glad that Papa has
decided to be his friend, but it is a little ridiculous to see
that tiny cat trying to wash that enormous dog. Should I put
some olive oil or something in the cat food every day?
I am glad you like my Sunshine. Thanks again for the
June 25th, 2003, 12:17 PM
This may be a longshot but do you have Walmart Stores in NM. Im in Canada but Walmart came here from teh United States and I know they sell it here . Im sure you would not need a prescription there. Have you looked at any of those type of stores. I think that is terrible how the man treated you I would almsot consider reporting him. YOur cat is similar in looks to mine I jsut tried posting them but my pic is too big will see what I can do later. Thinking one of my sons can help . I wish you the best in helping yolur cat.
June 25th, 2003, 12:43 PM
If you need a prescription to get those eye drops, maybe all you have to do is give your vet a call and simply say that you are short on funds and then tell him what is going on with your cat's eye and that you believe you need eye drops to give to him/her. It is a very common problem.
I would get my pet those drops as the problem will usually not go away without it and if left it might cause eye damage.
For your hairball problem, my manx cross has a tendency to develop hairballs, so what I do is get a hairball remedy from the vet's ( over counter meds, but only at vet) , it is a tuna flavored molasses type lubricant that keeps cats from getting hairballs.
I give this to her once a week as a preventitive.
June 25th, 2003, 12:46 PM
Thanks, Meg for the suggestion. There is a Walmart
about 20 miles from here. I don't go there very often
as those 20 miles are mountain driving, but I will go
check them out as soon as I can. I think the Canadian
pharmacy may send it. They charged my credit card.