15 Sep

a sense of scale

Today’s excitement was going to feed the kittens at 12:30 p.m. and seeing Muppet’s left eye was swollen to a huge size.  She looked a little like a Boston terrier.  I’ve seen this before, with eyes that are not yet open and a warm wet compress usually opens things up enough for the pus to drain off, usually opening the eyelid just a smidge near the nose.  I fed the kittens first, because they were starving, then I tried the compress.  No luck, the eye was not ready to open.

I phoned BEBHS and got the go-ahead to bring them in.  Their vet came in and did the honors, soaking longer than I had and pushing more assertively.  Muppet complained a lot, which was good because she’s been so passive.  I would guess at least a quarter teaspoon of pus came out.  Muppet also got her subcutaneous dose by a vet tech while we waited for the vet.

The vet also said their bellies looked too pink, indicating an infection in both kittens.  Now they have an antibiotic and will probably get diarrhea so they still need diluted formula.  They were just starting to develop a healthy gut system and this will set that back.  She said the infection usually starts at the umbilical and spreads elsewhere, showing pretty obviously in the eyes.

The photo is from yesterday.  No visible problems at that point.


Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Moose & Muppet


4 responses to “Infections

  1. Connie

    September 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    you could start probiotics. If you get some in capsules you could mix a little in with the formula. Or if not some full fat yogurt, again mix a little in with the formula after it is heated.

    • yetmorefosterkittens

      September 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      if they have a problem, i will ask bebhs about it; they have had me use some in the past.

    • yetmorefosterkittens

      September 16, 2012 at 6:26 am

      okay, whether of not they show a problem, I’ll ask the vet in charge. BEBHS has done probiotics before, and she had noted the porblem with stomach flora, so it will be considered. 2 doses so far and their bellies are less pink, the eye has no goop, and the poop is loose but infrequent. I know it’s early, but so far so good.

  2. Rayya

    September 16, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Oh the poor babies. Keep up the amazing work that you do. I hope now that they have been started on aggressive medical therapy, they will thrive. I recommend entralive probiotic or protexin to help their gut flora replenish after being given antibiotics.


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