08 December 2018

The little hiccups and what to do

HEALTH & WELLBEING 

Most kittens will adjust well into their new home, but sometimes they will pick something up along the way and I'm always of the opinion to inform and prevent, as they have a low immune system.

Always have dried kitten biscuits and water out for your kitten –kittens like fresh water every day – so refresh the water daily.

Kitten needs to be in a warm house 17+c, do not leave kitten in the house without heating on for hours…(Sept-March - Cats need a warmer temperature then humans do to be comfortable.)

A kitten that does not eat well and drinks, will not get enough hydration…even if it drinks lots of water. It’s the food that turns the water with salts, minerals and sugar that hydrates a kitten. A kitten can lose half it’s body weight in under a week if it is not eating well.

A healthy kitten at 16weeks should put on 50-90 grams a day. Your kitten has been weighted morning and evening if you have kitchen scales and are in any doubt – just weight them over 48hrs, 4 times and you’ll soon feel reassured that all is well, if they are putting on 20-40 grams.

A healthy kitten does not sit huddled up for 8 hours if it does call me or call your Vet.

PLEASE DO NOT give kitten cows milk, baby milk, cats are lactose intolerant. (So making porridge will not help them feel better). If you would like to give them a treat then once a month a small bowl of fresh GOATS milk.

Eyes
With kittens, a change of environment, central heating coming on, dust in the air, even car journeys can give rise to eye irritation, which with time develops into yellow gunk causing stick eye/eyes or teary eye/eyes. If your kitten has a sticky eye, or tears wet eye it will need eye drops, Clorahenicole eye based antibiotics treatment. Sometimes the infection is more in the eye canal or the eye is very inflamed red around the eyelid and the white of the eye is bloodshot red. Then the vet will prescribe eye based antibiotic + steroid Maxitrol. Eye issues will NOT go away on their own over time. You can cause long-term damage or worse lose a cats eye if not treated.
Pharmacies used to dispense Cloraphenicole but now it's harder to get hold of it. Call the vet ASAP, this will get worse and needs antibiotics – it’s the only treatment.

Dodgy tummy
Change in food will upset a kittens tummy, if what comes out is just pure liquid over 48hrs, go to the vet. This is more for suitable rehydration care. A fresh-cooked Chicken diet, something light to digest will get them back on track. (Kitten wet food is very rich in fat/ carbs and not always suitable for dodgy tummies.)

Anything long-term Vets will prescribe an antibiotic Metabactin combination with 5 days of panacure.

Nose and eyes
If your kitten has a drippy nose and runny eyes just go to the vet, kittens are vulnerable. With vaccinations they'll have the best start in life but a common cold can happen.

Ears
Their ears should always be clean, dirty ears are the early sign of an infection, early prevention resolves any small issues within 24hrs. Vets have the best treatment – do not buy any BobMartin Products, they aggravate the issue and can cause more damage then good! Canaural Ear Drops and Ear Cleaner can be bought online. – Keep drops in fridge.

Skin
Kittens skin should be clear of marks and their fur soft. If they have a patch of flaky skin this can be a fungal infection, or allergy to grass/ pollen/ food. The Vet will resolve this without any further irritation.

Weight loss
Kittens eat things they shouldn't and are prone to worms. Panacure is the best wormer I've used. It comes in granules you can mix it, into wet cat food and the kittens are used to it. It kills all kinds of worms and repeated (for severe infection) over 3 consecutive days, it has remedied even the worst of cases.

Fleas
Prevention is better then infestation, so Effipro drops on back of neck- every month during summer April -September has seen my home flea free. (You can buy Effipro x 4 treatments online)

We tried FRONTLINE PLUS - one cat had a bad reaction to it, they lost the fur on the back of the neck where it was applied and it became very angry, the cat kept licking it. We used BETAFUSE and Sudocrem for a week, it dried up and healed. I now will not use this brand.