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Respiratory infection (URI)

August 9th, 2008, 08:50 PM
I adopted a very tiny sick kitten from my local humane society. He was apparently born in March of this year but was a measly 1lb when I adopted him on July 8th.

We immediately took him to the vet since he was dehyrdrated from having explosive diarrhea. He tested positive for Coccidia and was put on Albon. On July 10th he was showing symptoms of a URI, runny eyes, sneezing and blowing green snot bubbles.. Back to the vet we went and he was prescribed Clavamox. 3 days into the meds he was in obvious distress, open mouth laboured breathing. His nose was completely clogged. Back to the vet again where he stayed from July 14th-July 18th under pneumonia watch.

Now onto my question.. The URI doesn't seem to be completely gone. His nose still sounds like it's stuffed every once in awhile and I noticed some clear liquid coming from his one nostril this morning. Tomorrow would be 4 weeks from when the initial URI started. Does it normally take this long to work it's way out?

As a side note.. He's now a feisty little hellion. LOL He's up to about 2-2.5 pounds.. My vet is still very concerned about his size if the humane society is correct on his age. He was found in a plastic bag as a newborn on the side of the road. How anyone can do that is beyond me. :sad:

August 9th, 2008, 11:32 PM
Can you give him some L-Lysine mixed in with some canned food? About 250-500mg a day should do it, until symptoms subside. You can pick up Lysine at any health food store.

Also, if nasal congestion is still a problem, put him in the bathroom while you run a hot shower. The steam should help loosen things up a bit. Make sure he's eating okay. Find some extra stinky food (like canned seafood varieties; Fancy Feast is good for the stink factor) if his appetite drops. Not being able to smell food can influence how much a cat eats.

Hope he's feeling better soon!

August 10th, 2008, 08:03 AM
My current fosters had a horrible URI when I got them, Malcolms eyes were sealed shut and he could not breathe out of his nose. Had to force feed him as he could not smell his food.

He was on antibiotics for 10 days amoxcil 50mg, one pill per day, it took 7 days before all of his symptoms to disappear, but started to notice a difference within 12 hours.

August 10th, 2008, 08:09 AM
Rayne,I know nothing about URI,just wanted to thank you for saving this little guy

August 10th, 2008, 08:36 PM
Awwww I hope he makes it!!! I was working in the sick room @ the shelter a few days ago and 2/5 of the kittens form a sick litter (exactly as you described your poor baby had) had already passed when I got there. The other 3 were MIA when I went back on Friday.. too afraid to ask what happened :sad:

Thanks for rescuing him and it sounds like he is going to be fine soon. I think you should do a second dose of Clavamox for 10 days. That should clear up the left over infection. There is no way he is going to be able to fight it on his own. Keep his nose clean.

How are his eyes? He could have FHV-1 which is coming out from the stress.

August 11th, 2008, 10:02 AM
His eyes are clear and I haven't seen any 'snot'. Just the odd drip of clear fluid. It's hard to describe but he sounds more wheezy than congested. Kinda like how I sound with allergies.

I called my vet and he said it's possible that it's just taking forever to work it's way out. His immune system is weak. But he won't give him his next vaccination until the URI's completely gone. Poor little guy is having a rough start.

I'll go pick up some L-Lysine.

Here's 2 pics of the little guy's the first day with us. He's a Russian blue mix. We named him Demon.. and it's suits him to a tee. LOL He was apparently 4 months old but you can see how small he is. Now that's the Coccidia is gone he's gaining weight. I'm charging my camera battery as we speak and I'll get some new pics later this afternoon.

August 11th, 2008, 10:07 AM
Wow he looks like a 6 week old kitten.

August 11th, 2008, 10:15 AM
I thought the same thing but they said they found him in March as a newborn. The only explaination I can think of is the Coccidia. If he had it when they found him or was infected soon after it might explain his stunted growth.

August 11th, 2008, 10:20 AM
I guess he looked like this when you found him:

Congrats on getting a cat that looks just like my cat and with (almost) the same life story :laughing: If he's anything like my cat, he's going to grow to be about 8lb and never want to leave your side.

August 11th, 2008, 10:32 AM
The URI started 2 days after we got him. But yup he looked just like that. :sad: I did so much eye and nose cleaning he still runs when he sees the washcloth. LOL

I hope he will turn into a clingy cuddly cat, but right now he acts more like he's half feral. LOL Hates to be picked up and loves to bite. It's taking him awhile to trust and I can't blame him after what's he's been though.

August 11th, 2008, 10:57 AM
He'll be fine... here's my kitty after I got him medicine at the vets.. looks kinda like your kitty

Maxwell made it just fine, but Max is pretty calm. He wasn't that feisty of a kitten. He was a bit hyper, but nothing like Demon. Now he's just kinda weird :crazy:

August 11th, 2008, 04:32 PM
Aww they do look alot alike. :lovestruck:

It looks the infection is back. The nostril that I noticed clear liquid coming from now has green discharge. I just gave him a dose of Clavamox (I have a little bit left from the first time)

I just woke him up from a nap to take some pics so I caught him before he cleaned his face. So far his eyes are not affected. I don't know if this is another UTI starting up or if we didn't get rid of the infection in the first place?

First pic.. See look how sweet and cuddly I am. LOL
Second pic.. Yawning.. sooo sleepy.

You can see the snot in his nose in the first pic.. :( Plus see how much he's grown in a month.. Don't mind his grubby ears, it's just wax, I haven't had the heart to pin him down to clean them out.

August 11th, 2008, 07:41 PM
Yeah, I'd go for one more treatment with the Clavamox. I'd also see if you can have the snot looked at under a microscope to see what it is. I'm not sure if your vet will do that but it's worth a shot. He might see something that signals it's a viral infection vs a bacterial infection vs a fungal infection. You see what I mean? They might want to shove a q-tip up his nose or under his eyelids to check for Feline Herpes Virus. That is what one of my cat has and he constantly has leaky eye boogers but another symptom of it is a leaky nose w/boogers.

August 12th, 2008, 06:37 AM
Rayne,what a little sweetheart he is:lovestruck:
It's just sooo difficult when little ones like him are ailing,but I know he's in good hands.
:fingerscrhe can soon live up to his name"Demon":cat:

August 12th, 2008, 06:57 AM
This cat needs to go back to the vet for a fresh presciption. He is not the same weight and may need a stonger dose. It is imperative that the cat finish ALL the presciption, not to stop when you think everything is cleared up, the infection may return as the case here.

August 12th, 2008, 09:39 AM
The only reason I had medication left is that he stayed in the vet clinic for a week and I forgot the Clavamox in my fridge. He was given it on time for 10 days total. 5 days at the vets and 5 days with me.

My vet did increase the dose slightly. But he was already on a strong-ish dose for his size. I've given him 2 doses so far and the snot is gone at least.

I'm taking him in later today to get his weight and a new bottle of Clavamox.

August 12th, 2008, 10:20 AM
You keep Clamavox in the fridge?
What a little sweetheart, so lucky.

August 12th, 2008, 11:00 AM
I swore the bottle said 'keep refrigerated'. LOL Maybe it was the Coccidia meds that were suppose to be kept cold? Oh well they were both in there. :laughing: When he was hospitalized at the clinic I was suppose to bring his meds with him and forgot them in the fridge.

August 12th, 2008, 11:36 AM
The only reason I had medication left is that he stayed in the vet clinic for a week and I forgot the Clavamox in my fridge. He was given it on time for 10 days total. 5 days at the vets and 5 days with me.

My vet did increase the dose slightly. But he was already on a strong-ish dose for his size. I've given him 2 doses so far and the snot is gone at least.

I'm taking him in later today to get his weight and a new bottle of Clavamox.

Thank you for clarifying, I should have asked first :o:sorry:

August 12th, 2008, 11:47 AM
No problem. ;) I should have explained in the first place.

August 12th, 2008, 03:28 PM
Rayne,so does it look like he is improving??At least his little nose is ok.
I guess we'll have to wait until the vet sees him..
:fingerscrfor the little one and you

August 12th, 2008, 04:17 PM
The bacterial infection is back. His lungs are clear. He weighs just over 2lbs now. He gave me another 10 days of Clavamox.

He does seem to be improving already. The green snot is gone. The discharge is back to clear now. He still sounds wheezy though. Hopefully this doesn't develop back into a full blown URI. :fingerscr

August 26th, 2008, 04:08 PM
Well we finished up the Clavamox 4-5 days ago and he's still occasionally wheezy. :frustrated: I don't know if he needs a different antibiotic or what? But I guess we are going back to the vet.

The humane society requires that I neuter him by Sept 17th. They are also not happy that he hasen't been given anymore vaccines. But he's ill, my vet will NOT vaccinate OR allow me to neuter him until the URI is completely gone.

This little guy was my first adoption ever from the humane society and they way things have went so far I'm really hesitant to do it again. He was brought to my home with diarrhea running out of his bum, no stool sample was ever checked. He was dehydrated and in obvious poor condition. Sorry I'm just frustrated and needed to vent. :sad:

August 27th, 2008, 06:09 PM
Oh yuck.

I'm going to have to bug you real quick. I had 5 foster kittens had had horrible URI's back in mid July. I did the Clavamox 2 times daily for 2 weeks and the neo-poly-bac in the yes.

They were all better but still had some type of residual sneezing. Has your vet mentioned anything like that? I've had 2 vets of 2 of the kittens I've already adopted out saying that it happens it it should go away soon and they are not contagious but their immune systems are just out of whack.

I ask because someone adopted one of the other foster kittens on Monday and emailed me today asking why he was sneezing a bit and I had given them a paper about URI's prior to them adopting him... but they still sounded slightly annoyed as if I gave them a sick kitten when I didn't.

I deal with URI's all the time and they just had a nasty bug and are still a bit sneezy from it and I've had a vet tech from the shelter even agree with me that they will be okay... but it sounds like the latest adopter is mad at me and I hope I didn't make them upset :shrug:

August 27th, 2008, 07:07 PM
We haven't been to the vet yet.. I'm going to call tomorrow and see when I can get him back in. I'll be sure to ask about any residual sneezing and let you know.

I have a feeling the URI is coming back.. his one eye is watering occasionally. No snot this time though. :confused:

Edited to add.. I'm not upset with the humane society about the URI, although he had to of came in contact with it while in their care.. it was the Coccidia that ticked me off. :( They told me the diarrhea was just because they switched his food and to feed him boiled chicken until he firmed up. I took his first poop immediately to the vet and it was loaded with Coccidia. Then they tried to talk me into bringing him back.. Uh uh.. I don't think so. I'll get him the vet care that you obviously never bothered to give him. GAH.. Can you tell I'm frustrated. LOL

August 27th, 2008, 07:55 PM
hanks i'd like to get as many different opinions as I can. I think the kitten I just adopted out will be fine but the new owners dont appear to be thrilled about the few sneezes he let out. Everyone informed me theresnothing I can do about it anyways and that he would be fine. Sooooo hopefully that's the deal.

I hope your kitty doesn't get sick again! I had a foster with runny poo before and can totallly relate. I used albon first but it didn't work so I used nemex.

August 28th, 2008, 07:07 AM
His URI should have cleared up with the clavamox, I think it may be time for more aggressive diagnosis from your vet. He may have asthma or a viral infection in which case the antibiotics are not going help either.

No ethical vet will vaccinate or alter a cat while it is sick. Please don't be put off from adopting from a shelter, not all cats who are there are sick.

August 28th, 2008, 12:02 PM
We have an appointment for Monday to get him re-checked.

I'm pretty sure the vet did say it was a viral infection. The clavamox was for the baterial infection. He said viral part needed to work it's way out on it's own. But the original URI started in July so something is definitely not right with him.

Luckily neither of my adult cats have came down with anything. My kidney failure kitty does NOT need to get sick. After the initial treatment of the coccidia and URI I did let the kitten meet and mingle with my 2 cats. I ended up seperating them due to my cats not wanting to share food with him. A day or so later I noticed the clear fluid coming from Demons nose. So far my cats appear fine. But they are staying seperated this time.

My frustration mounted with the humane society after they said he got the URI and Coccidia from my house. I took stool samples from my 2 cats in to be checked and they were clear. They were adamant that none of their kittens (in the foster home) were sick. Then when I talked to someone else I found out they had 12 kittens with Coccidia and half of those were showing symptoms of the URI. They were all kept together with my kitten.. but it's my fault. My vet even cut off contact with them when they tried to call him and get info on the kitten when he was hospitalized for that week. I asked him what happened and he just shook his head and said your not the only one.

I know not all humane societies are like this one. It's just this experience has been unreal. I paid $120 to adopt this kitten and have spent close to $300 in vet bills since July. Don't get me wrong I'll spend whatever it takes to get him healthy.. it's just the point of it all.. and them laying the blame on me.

Regardless this kitten was meant to be mine. From the moment I first saw him I just knew he was coming home with me. I know you all will know what I mean. :D

August 28th, 2008, 12:36 PM
I know what you mean, it is a look that melts your heart and you know he's the one :cloud9:.

Admitting the kitty was sick when adopted would put them in the position of being responsible for the vet bills so I bet they will never admit that. :rolleyes:

August 28th, 2008, 01:42 PM
The thing is though.. Even though they were being awful to me. I made a point of telling them that while the whole situation ticked me off I didn't want money from them for the vet bills I've paid. I told them to use it to treat the other kittens that are sick and not to adopt them out until they were recovered. I thought that was the right thing to do, but in a way I let them get away with it.

Demon was so sick my vet told me right up front that he could recover or he could just crash. It was a hard hit for me but my 11 year old son was really upset. Luckily Demon made it through the worst part.. now we just need to get him 100%. ;)

I'll keep you all posted on what the vet says.

Oopps I just re-read my post and his appointment is Monday as is Sept.8th. lol

September 10th, 2008, 04:28 PM
Back from the vet! I had to re-schedule for today.... I had too many appointments for Monday. Ooops.. :o

Demon is still sometimes wheezy, occasionally sneezing and snotted out a huge green gob of snot when I picked him up to put him in the carrier to go the vets. :yuck:

The vet said it's viral and his immune system just isn't kicking it completely. It never went away in the first place. He wants to take a watch him and see approach and not give him anymore meds. His chest is clear and otherwise he's healthy.

He opted to vaccinate him hoping it would help boost his immune system. I was hesitant to vaccinate him yet at all and I don't know if I did the right thing or not. :frustrated:

We go back October 1st for another checkup or earlier if anything changes.

OH and the vet figures he's only 4 months old. He still has all his baby teeth. AND he now weighs 5 pounds! YAY!

September 11th, 2008, 05:44 AM
He has FHV-1 doesn't he?

My cat takes anti-virals when he has flare ups and it helps. Surprised your vet didn't want to do that.

Don't vaccinate him when he's this sick. As long as he isn't playing around other kittens or raccoons or something, he doesn't need his distemper or rabies vaccine yet. Wait until he's better.

September 11th, 2008, 06:09 AM
I am quite surprised the vet vaccinated him when he wasn't 100%.

Have you L-lysine? A co worker of mine uses that on her cats who seem to have perpetual kitty colds.

September 11th, 2008, 09:22 AM
I was surprised too since he was against any vaccines the last couple times. But Demon was visably not feeling well then.

Now he acts 100% healthy... Except for the odd wheezing and sneezing. He just said his immune system is too low to completely kick the viral infection. Nothing about it being a chronic condition. He tends to give me the low down in normal terms since if he starts with vet terminology I get lost and have more questions. LOL

He did say if it's not gone in 3 weeks he wants to run some tests. What those are I don't know. It does sounds like he may have FHV-1 though from what I just read. :sad:

I looked for L-Lysine but couldn't find any. The vet should have it right? I forgot to mention it while I was there. I'm going to write everything down this time so I don't miss anything.

I think I'm starting to confuse myself. LOL

September 11th, 2008, 10:39 AM
I looked for L-Lysine but couldn't find any.

You can get it at any health food store. I strongly suggest getting some as soon as possible because it's absolutely the best thing to use in feline herpes cases. I'm actually surprised your vet hasn't already mentioned it.

September 11th, 2008, 10:56 AM
I think he didn't mention it because he doesn't think it's herpes. :shrug:

I'll call around the health food stores and see if I can get L-Lysine anyway. I can't hurt.

September 12th, 2008, 09:31 AM
I called my vet.. I stand corrected he does think it may be FHV-1 and the upcoming tests are to confirm that.

Sorry.. I was getting myself confused.

So if he does have FHV-1 he will need to be kept seperate from my other cats correct? I was hoping to adopt another kitten close to his age so he had a buddy. But I guess that's out of the question now. :sad:

September 12th, 2008, 11:12 AM
I called my vet.. I stand corrected he does think it may be FHV-1 and the upcoming tests are to confirm that.

Sorry.. I was getting myself confused.

So if he does have FHV-1 he will need to be kept seperate from my other cats correct? I was hoping to adopt another kitten close to his age so he had a buddy. But I guess that's out of the question now. :sad:

No need to keep him separate. Honestly, more cats are probably carrying the herpes virus than not. I would still get him a buddy if you can. The key is to keep all of their immune systems strong, so feed a good quality wet food, get that lysine going for everybody (a low dose can be used preventatively, higher doses for handling symptoms), and try to keep stress at a minimum.

September 14th, 2008, 10:08 AM
I'm just worried about bringing home another kitten and it getting sick. The chances of that would be pretty high right?

I've been looking at a seal lynx point Himalayan.. The original plan was to adopt Demon and get my Himi baby. Then Demon got sick and I lost my deposit.. but the kitten is still available so I could still get him. He has his first shots.. but I'm paranoid he'll get sick too. :sad:

September 15th, 2008, 08:48 AM
Ahhh.. as of lastnight my adult fully vaccinated girl Lucy has clear discharge coming from her nose. Actually more like running from her nose, she put her head down and it just ran out. :sad: I thought I was careful enough.. hand washing and keeping them seperate. So far my CRF guy isn't showing any symptoms. I guess there really isn't much point in keeping them all seperate now.

Also I spoke with the breeder of the Himi's and explained the situation. She said she got a call about a litter of Himi's that may have FHV-1. They apparently got it from their mother. Noone wants them.. but hey what's one more right. If all my cats are getting it.. what's the difference. I'm hoping to go and see these little ones sometime today. I'll keep you all posted. :p

September 15th, 2008, 08:56 AM
FHV-1 is not a big deal. 1/9 of my cats has it. His brother doesn't have it. His other 2 siblings I did not keep, neighbor took one or something and the other went to the shelter to find a new home. Neither of them had it either though.

I believe recently Jack passed it to Socks because she had a runny nose and the eye discharge was the same color as Jacks. She's cleared it out mostly though. But I mean, I have a small house with up to 9 adult cats in it at a time and sometimes several kittens. This is the first time I think that one of my other cats has picked up Jacks FHV-1 in the year they've been together.

Did I mention these already?

If I haven't already that's what my cat takes when he has a flare up. Idox. in the eyes in the form of an anti-microbial eye drop and fam. are pills cut up and he gets 1/4 pill 2x a day.

I'm very pro-adopting and anti-breeding but if you want a himi and no one else wants them you should just adopt one of them. Demon needs a friend!

Speaking of Himi's... omggggg I was working at a shelter event yesterday and there was a snowshoe/Himalayan mix with the seal point type markings. Most BEAUTIFUL kitten I've ever seen (no offense to all the other kittens out there :p) I was surprised it was still there and someone hadn't already adopted her.

September 15th, 2008, 09:27 AM
Ohhhhhhhh himies are my favourite. They are so loving :cloud9:. Lots of brushing. Do your homework on the sinus drainage issues with himies, not too bad if their wee noses aren't too pushed, but may cause problems with FHV. Hope the breeder spayed the momma :frustrated:.

September 15th, 2008, 09:42 AM
I think noone wants these guys because right now they don't look great. From the pics I saw they mainly have runny eyes and she said they are sneezing a bit. Enough to put people off. Honestly if I wasn't in this situation with Demon I more than likely would have passed on them too. Noone wants to bring home a sick kitty regardless of what it has. Although I knew Demon was ill when I adopted him. But I thought it would be gone with medication and that would be that.

When I contacted her asking to come out and see them.. she's like ok.. you do know they possibly have feline herpes? Yup, LOL.. then a brief silence. :laughing:They are not vaccinated yet which I understand. So they are staying with mom until Oct.1st possibly longer. I told her to get them started on L-Lysine in the meantime.

These babies are seal points and flame points. I'm just going to go by personality to see which would be the best fit with the spazzy Demon.

I hear you about adopting. All the kitties I have now were adopted/saved in some way. Demon of course from the humane society. Lucy from an empty house and Fido I brought home after the 'beep' that owned them was going to drown him. He had him in the bag ready to throw it in the lake. :sad: He's the one with CRF.. he's 12 now.

Here's some pics..

Fido, Lucy, then Demon

September 15th, 2008, 09:44 AM
A couple more new pics of Demon. I love how he changes from grey to silver in different lights. :lovestruck: He's squinting in the first pic from the flash. I never get any front shots of him since he usually turns away from the flash.

Notice his eyes and nose are clear now. Vaccinating him must have helped in some way.

September 15th, 2008, 09:53 AM
Ohhhhhhhh himies are my favourite. They are so loving :cloud9:. Lots of brushing. Do your homework on the sinus drainage issues with himies, not too bad if their wee noses aren't too pushed, but may cause problems with FHV. Hope the breeder spayed the momma :frustrated:.

One of the kittens has an extreme face the rest are doll faced. Yes mom will be spayed.. that's the first thing I asked. :thumbs up There is NO way I would support her if she was just going to breed her again.

September 15th, 2008, 10:46 AM
Flamepoints are so pretty :cloud9::lovestruck:

September 16th, 2008, 08:33 AM
We decided on the Flame Point after going back and forth since we saw them yesterday. LOL

They all have goopy eyes and drippy noses. No snot or congestion.

Personality wise I think the little Flamepoint will fit in better with Demon. He's a frisky fellow.. LOL

Here's a pic.. his poor eyes. Some of the goop might be normal Himi drainage. But I'm thinking not since she said they run pretty much 24/7. This is about 30 minutes after being cleaned. :sad: Hubby woke him up with the camera flash.. he was nicely snuggled between my boobs. :laughing:

September 16th, 2008, 08:34 AM
Oops forgot the pics.

Does it looks like FHV-1 to you all? It seemed to be to me minus the congestion. His eyes seems to be more affected than his nose.

September 16th, 2008, 08:37 AM
He is a beauty and doesn't have the extreme face so he shouldn't have too much problems with his sinues.:cloud9:

L-lysine should help with the virus. I would keep all your kitties on it for life.

September 16th, 2008, 08:40 AM
My himie does not have regular discharge, she has beautiful clear eyes.

September 16th, 2008, 08:49 AM
Will do. I've already started Demon on it now. I will be giving it to Lucy and Fido too shortly. The whole litter of Himi's is now on it.

My only concern at the moment is that the kitten will more than likely be coming to me without any shots since they are obviously not well enough to recieve any. But I kind of expected that since it was months before my vet would give Demon any either.

We had originally picked one of the extreme faced kittens. But after thinking about it.. we decided on the pictured guy. Plus I thought about what you said concerning the flat face and FHV. Not a good combo although that kitten seems to be the less affected of the bunch.

September 16th, 2008, 08:50 AM
My himie does not have regular discharge, she has beautiful clear eyes.

Ah ok.. so that is from the virus then.

September 16th, 2008, 08:55 AM
That tiny button nose is so kissable :lovestruck::cloud9:

One pic is never enough though :sad: :D

September 16th, 2008, 09:22 AM
He wasn't really cooperating in the rest of the pics. But here's one more. :D

September 16th, 2008, 03:49 PM
Awww,what a little sweety:lovestruck:
I confuse easily:laughing:the other 3 cats you showed pics of,are they also yours??

September 16th, 2008, 04:28 PM
Yup that's the crew. ;)

I know I kinda threadjacked my own thread. LOL

September 16th, 2008, 06:46 PM
A couple more new pics of Demon. I love how he changes from grey to silver in different lights. :lovestruck: He's squinting in the first pic from the flash. I never get any front shots of him since he usually turns away from the flash.

Notice his eyes and nose are clear now. Vaccinating him must have helped in some way.
(picture from last year when he was Demons age)

Have you cloned my cat or something? This is getting freaky!

September 16th, 2008, 07:19 PM
LOL! They sure do look alike!

September 17th, 2008, 06:57 AM
Thank's Rayne,for some reason I thought those cats were waiting to be adopted:shrug:
Quiet a crew you got,adorable and the little one will be a gorgeous cat:lovestruck:

September 18th, 2008, 09:57 AM
Ok questions!

How should I go about introducing Demon and the new kitten? I want it to be as stress free as possible to minimize any reaccuring symptoms.

I really don't see any need to keep them 100% seperate since they are both currently showing symptoms and we are pretty sure they both have FHV.

My major paranoia is that the kitten has no shots. I'm worried that if he has another outbreak it's going to be bad like Demons was. Although this kitten is still with momma and nursing occasionally so he should have a better immune system than Demon did.

At night they will be seperate for the kittens safety mainly and to make sure he's using the litter. Kitten in the spare room and Demon will have run of the house. During the day I was just going to let them together.. supervised of course.

Plus I'm going to shampoo the carpets (spare room expecially) and disinfect as best I can since Demon did have coccidia when he first got here and he was isolated to that spare room for a short time.

Sound good? Or is there anything I should do differently?

September 18th, 2008, 10:51 AM
Here's a good link on introducing cats:

How old is the little dude gonna be when you get him? He looks so tiny. I know people have different opinions on this, but I don't think kittens should leave momma until about 12 weeks.

As for cleaning the carpets and disinfecting, be very careful with the products you use because many can be toxic to cats, especially when they're so young.

September 18th, 2008, 10:56 AM
12 weeks is best for adoption of a kitten. They learn so many social skills from their litter mates and momma during those first 3 months.

September 18th, 2008, 12:39 PM
The disinfectant I have is non toxic. It comes in a spray bottle.. I can't remember the name of it but it's a "Green" product. I put a little in the water of the carpet shampooer along with vinegar. I don't use the bottled carpet shampoos.

I believe they are 7 weeks old now. So he'll be 9-10 weeks when I'm suppose to get him. But that's not set in stone. He'll stay until he's feeling better.. however long that takes. I'll mention to her about keeping him longer. I'm in no rush. Plus it gives me more time to work on clearing Demon up since he's still sneezing.