|Purred: Wed Dec 28, '11 7:16am PST |
|Hey, my name's Bojangles and I'm about 7 weeks old. I'm a munchkin kitty, so I'm shorter and a lot smaller that most cats my age. My owner isn't sure if this is normal. The lady she got me from said I was the biggest of the litter and ate like a pig.
However, when mom took me to the vet (we went before she even brought me home!) they found out I have coccidia. Mom wasn't worried, as I was worm free, and didn't have a serious flea problem. I have since been treated for my fleas (they're gone!) and am taking an Albon suspension for the coccidia.
It's been a long and stressful weekend however, thanks to holiday travel. I haven't had much of an appetite (although I do go and nibble several times a day and drink lots of water). Mom gives me Natural Balance & Nature's Variety Instinct canned foods, but I seem to prefer fish flavors much to her chagrin. She offered me kitten milk (Just Born formula) but I turn my nose up at it, and the one time she gave it to me with a bottle I ended up throwing it back up.
She's getting worried, and I am on my way to the vet as she posts this. She's also offered me NutriCal for kittens and dry cat food (Nature's Variety Instinct Chicken Formula) but I don't seem to care for either. I haven't gained weight since my vet visit late Friday night, and I have thrown up a few times over the weekend (it's been mostly liquid and not food).
Is the coccidia responsible? I'm still active and playful but mom can feel my bones and ribs and she's not sure if that's normal - my big sis had cerebellar hypoplasia which was diagnosed when she was my age, and mom spent more time teaching her to get into the litter box than worrying about her size. As an adult my sis is only 5-6 lbs. Mom suspects I will be about the same size.
I am only one pound now. I have had all my shots and have been eating and pooping and peeing. The coccidia has given me on and off diarrhea, and the vomiting may also be a symptom. I climb all over the place and spend a few hours every day running like a crazy, but the rest of my time is spent napping under mom's chin.
Any help would be appreciated!
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