|Purred: Wed Sep 12, '12 8:15pm PST |
|Hi all, I am new here, but far from new with cats.. i currently own 2 dogs and 3 cats.
A little background on the kitten I just saved that I am having troubles with:
My neighbors know I have alot of pets, and came to me asking some information and asking questions about a little of feral kittens that they came about. Mama kitty is a small, but not underweight, silver tabby. Neighbors have left food and water out for her for over a year now, so she is well fed. She looks like an indoor cat she is THAT heealthy. She had 5 kittens, which to this day I keep checking on, and they look healthy and are being fed as well. They were untamed when a neighbor knocked on my door because she was extremly worried about one kitten in particular. This kitten that the neighbors had watched wouldn't move her left front arm at birth, then when everyone was walking she was trying to use it but falling alot more than the other kittens. They witnessed her fall 2ft off a deck onto the concrete, then another time she fell forward and scraped her chin pretty bad and hit her head on a cement step. The kitten over the next few days became wobbly, but yet mama kitty was coming to get her and carrying her around, her siblings were playing with her, so nobody looked her over. My neighbor was in panic when she got me because the kitten was stuck in a very bad hail storm we had, out in the open. Her neighbor listened to the extreme crying out on her deck all night between mama kitty who couldn't get to her kitten, and the kitten being pelted and terrified and alone on her deck. My neighbor told me the kittens eyes were fluttering, she could only slide or flip flop to get anywhere, so she was worried and didn't know what to do except come and ask me.
I rushed down the street and when I saw her, her gums were white, tongue was white, she was hissing at me, but her eyes kept rolling into the back of her head and fluttering side to side, she couldn't hold her head up, and she looked underweight compared to her sister who she was playing with when I got there. I scooped her and brought her home. I hydrated her, gave her canned cat food and then milk replacer. I took her to the vet the next day and my vet wrote her off.. He took one look at the fact she was 4 weeks old and couldn't walk and claimed she had distemper, or her mom did and this little kitten and her whole family were dead. He wanted to euthanise right there, I disagreed. She has seen 2 other vets who also, just because she can't walk, have claimed distemper. It seems they refuse to LISTEN, and therefore she hasn't had a thourough exam.
I started giving her raw food slowly, took me 7 days to introduce it, and then she was walking! She gained weigh, etc. But then, she was pooping shards of bone from the premade storebought raw. (It says 10% bone on the packaging) So I stopped, put her on MOSTLY canned food, little raw here and there. For 4 days her constipation was causing her to vomit, and with each poop there was more and more bone shards until it was nothing but fur and bone with blood. So it was all canned for a week, in which she gained weight and lost her ability to walk, she seemed less energetic as well.
I decided to make my own raw diet without bone, the people at the pet health food store helped me., They gave me The Missing Link vitamins, and told me any raw meat and veggies would do. I did my own research and that, of course isn't true. So i made my own and put these vitamins in them daily, but everything I am reading is contradicting what I have heard or read before. Right now, she isn't even digesting fat pockets or grissel from the bison I feed her. Everything else seems digested, the veggies and meat. She is also creating nice movements, they stick together well. I even tried buying ground turkey and bison to see if that made it easier, and she still isn't digesting properly.It's been 8 weeks of this rollercoaster, and now I am wondering if maybe she isn't getting enough in the vitamin mix I have, there are no digestive enzymes in there, or if its a neurological thing that maybe her digestion etc is off. She does urinate more often, but I have to load her food with water because she runs from the taste of it, I think she probably drown not being able to be steady on her feet. She face dives and skids into her food, she is showing progress though.
Sorry for the length, but her backstory really helps..
A link to ingredients in her vity supplement: