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I just got a kitten and he is 7 weeks old. He was great last

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I just got a kitten and he is 7 weeks old. He was great last night, slept in my room, everything great. This morning he is lethargic to the point of feeling "boneless" when I pick him up, drooling and shallow breathing. he was drinking water and eating kitten food last night
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the kitten. What is the kitten's name?
Customer: Toby
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Toby?
Customer: Thats all we know. We just got him 2 days ago from a farmer. Barn cat had kittens. 8/1 is when he was born
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 10 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Are his gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

Can you take a breathing rate for me (just count his breaths for 10 seconds + multiply that by 6)?

Has he been eating and drinking normally?

Any vomiting or diarrhea?

Any access to toxins (ie chemicals, plants etc)?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
pale gums, doesn't react to water on finger or put up to his mouth
132 for breathing rate
he was eating and drinking up to today
no voimitting or diarrhea
no toxins at all. no plants in the house or chemicals
He was very energetic around midnight and then this morning is completely different cat
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 10 months ago.

Oh dear,

If his gums are pale and he is that non-reactive, we have an urgent situation. It may be that he has underlying anemia (if he has had issues with fleas, has sustained internal bleeding from a trauma, or has an underlying issue like FIV or FeLV). As well, if he hasn't been eating, there is serious risk of a blood sugar crash.

Now in this case, since his gums are pale and he is breathing so quickly (a sign that is not unexpected with pale gums since he will be struggling to get enough oxygen), we would be best to get him to your vet or an ER urgently. You could try boosting his blood sugar by rubbing a sugary syrup (ie glucose syrup, honey, karo syrup, pancake syrup, or even non-grape jam) onto the gums. But I fear it won't be enough and that he needs oxygen +/- a blood transfusion to stabilize him and give him a chance here.

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Please take care,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 10 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. B.

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