Tonight a family came by to Angels Pet Shop to drop off a sick orphaned kitten they had rescued. At first, they thought that the kitten was a newborn orphan (she is very tiny) but we estimate her to be about three weeks old. Ivy, Shiro’s owner, was willing to hand-rear the kitten to save it when we heard from the family that it was a newborn. But when the kitten was brought to us it turned out that she is much older; her eyes are unable to open fully not because she is a newborn but because she is severely dehydrated, which must have been mistaken by the concerned citizens that brought her to us to be a newborn.
Dehydration causes teary eyes, inelastic skin – unable to fall into place after you pinch the skin between your fingers – and runny nose. Eyes will also be swollen, with third eyelid showing. Rehydration fluid, fed with a syringe, can be mixed with water using some glucose powder and salt.
We fed her vitamins, rehydration fluid, and cleaned her eyes with eye ointments to flush out the discharge so she can see clearly. I also cleaned her with a towel, including her face area, to clear out the dried mucus and discharge, as well as cleaned her large ears. But she still looks very sick, dirty and unhealthy – she must have been orphaned much earlier on and been living in drains or rubbish dumps. 🙁
She is so dehydrated that not only are her eyes tearing very badly, also, she can barely eat – her throat is probably all inflamed. I will be bringing down medicine for her tomorrow – anti-inflammatory enzyme Danzen which also acts as a pain killer, and standby some more Chlorpheniramine at the shop in case her nose still keeps running. I have bought some baby food – the purees you find in jars sold in the baby food section of supermarkets – to feed her tomorrow if she still doesn’t eat her moistened canned food. (The baby food formula I got her was beef, pumpkin and potatoes. Pureed baby food is an option for convalescing or very young animals – cats, dogs, birds.)
We would like to take her to the vet if her condition is more than just dehydration, but we will have to raise funds for her first. If you are keen to help subsidise this kitten’s veterinary fees it will be very much appreciated, any amount will do. In any case, she will remain under our care for as long as she takes to recover and we sincerely hope she pulls through. We hope we don’t have to resort to SPCA’s ER service because that will likely mean a certain death for her. If she survives, we will re-home her when she is in good health.
She is a three week old tabby, medium length tail, and has very Siamese features – large pointy ears, dainty frame. We are not sure if she will look like a Siamese tabby when she grows older, because her nose is infected from the severe tearing, so if there are any colourpoints we are not able to ascertain it now, but she definitely has Siamese / Oriental genes, colourpoint or not. She is very skinny, weighing possibly about 50gm.
We hope little Bubbles makes it through tonight. Looking at her made all of us rather sad, as one of us commented, ‘See already heart-pain’. Thankfully our tear-ducts remained dry as we administered our grooming and first aid, else we would have teary eyes just like our little Bubbles, :'(.