Please bear with me if I don’t make much sense at some points but it’s been a long and stressful day. I need to vent and I need your advice.
So, I was at work today and when I popped out to get something to drink at the nearby cafe, there was a kitten on a bench meowing pitifully and as I went by it was just as if it was calling me for help. So I went to have a closer look, and its poor eyes were full of white stuff and there was yellow stuff drooling down its mouth and nose. And the poor thing was so thin!
Also it was purring which is a sign of distress. (Especially when the cat is so obviously in distress).
I went and got the boy who works in the coffee shop. He brought a slice of ham cut in to little pieces and some water, and I went and got a cardboard box from the office. I managed to find my vet on the phone, and thankfully he made an appointment with us even though its Sunday! We both (me and coffee-boy) got off work at 18:30 and we went to the vet in his car (I go to work on my motorbike so I couldn’t have done it alone) . The vet said that the cat has FVR ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feline_viral_rhinotracheitis ) and prescribed an antibiotic and some eye drops.
He loaned me a carrier to take it home in and keep it in since a. I have to keep it away from my resident kitten while it heals, b. it drools disgusting gunk everywhere and c. it’s full of flees!
I went to the chemist and got the eye drops and medicine. Administering the eye drops was a matter of squirting the bottle in to its eyes so presumably the one prescribed drop got in. Giving it the syrup was another matter, as I had to forcibly insert the syringe in to its mouth and squeeze. The first lot I gave it came right out, so I had to do it again, but it did resist and tried to scratch me of course.
So, any ideas on how to give it the medicine without being shredded to pieces? (Note that this is a stray unvaccinated kitten. The vet said that it’ll be at least 15-20 days before I can vaccinate it).
The kitten stinks, so I gave it a bath when we got home. I had to do 4 rounds of soapy water before it was kind of clean (& plus one tubful for rinsing) and now the whole bathroom stinks! I think I will need to give it another bath in a few days because it still smells a little (I’m wary of getting too close to it because of the flees).
I have allocated a set of clothes to be worn for administering medication, food (more about that in a bit) and bathing which will be hung up in the bathroom.
One of the thing this illness does is interfere with cats’ sense of smell, so they don’t eat, and in any event this kitty is seriously malnourished so the doctor told me to get high calorie cat-infant milk/food which again, I have to use a syringe to give it. I will go to the pet shop first thing tomorrow morning and also get flea medication.
I have put a bowl of water in the carrier (thankfully I did see it drink some water when I had it in the office the dehydration will be resolved soon hopefully), and a plate with some yummy tinned cat food which I don’t have much hope of it eating.
I have put newspaper down for warmth and toilet purposes.
I hope the fleas don’t “escape” through the slats of the carrier and infest the room I am keeping her in.
She seems to have settled down, but meows intermittently- I hope she doesn’t keep me up all night and I hope she doesn’t keep the rest of the building awake either!
(I seemed to have settled on “she” as a pronoun but I don’t know for sure what sex she is!)
I think I will allow her some time on the balcony in the mornings before work and in the evenings when I get home because I don’t think she should be imprisoned in the carrier 24hs a day!
My resident kitten is hidden under the sofa and will not come out. In the event I decide to keep sick kitty after she recuperates, I really hope there won’t be territorial issues or other problems.
The last thing I want to say is that I can still smell the stink in my nostrils, and I think it’s giving me a headache. I don’t know if it’s the smell of filth or the smell of the sickness. Anybody know?
Anyway, I can’t think of anything else right now, but I would love to hear any advice you can think of.