The kittens all test positive for panleukopenia, which accounts for Zinky’s blood-tinged loose poop. It is nearly always fatal in kittens. The FVRCP vaccination, which Zooch and Zifra got today would protect against it. They were going to at least put Zinky down today because he is symptomatic, but decided I could keep all three as long as they seem reasonably happy. They have been through so many ups and downs but had been mostly up for over a week. If they fade, most forms are fast, and the shelter can keep them from suffering. They have a chance, but not a big one. The disease is just a cat thing, and our home cats are vaccinated.
The other issue, that I thought was more major last night, was that Zooch’s right eye was all cloudy and sort of cut looking. He also seemed to be hurting, but did calm down after warm compresses and extra holding. It was better this morning. Turns out, he has corneal ulcers, probably due to a herpes infection. He has eye drops that are a general sulfa drug for now and will be getting more specialized drops Friday, if all goes well.