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Second opinion] - I have 2 different issues. I have a 5 week

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Second opinion] - I have 2 different issues. I have a 5 week old kitten that suddenly wants to sleep and won't wake up I have a 8 month old cat that has been lethargic for the past few days and also wants to sleep alot.<br>Assistant: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?<br>Customer: the kitten's mother seems to have little to milk so we have been feeding it formula and carnation. We have already lost 2 out a litter of 4. The kitten was fine this morning,playing and doing all the kitten he just wants to sleep and not wake up<br>
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Still waiting for my 2nd opinion.
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

Hello, My name is Terri.
It is my pleasure to assist you today!
I am reviewing your question right now and will reply in a few minutes.

Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

How are the cats doing?

Is the kitten eating?

Do you still need help with this?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The kitten that was sleepy yesterday woke up and ate and played last night. He was happy and asleep when I put him to bed at 2:30am. We woke up at 6:30am to find he was once again very sleepy, wouldn't eat, and passed just a short while ago.
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

I am so very sorry to hear such sad news! poor baby.................

is the mother cat ok?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I have been around animals all my life,I'm 56, and have never lost so many. I have no explantion for a healthy, happy., kitten to just suddenly stop eating and die.
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

He most likely had a genetic abnormality.

did you say the mom was not making milk?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The mom is making a little milk...and she's in heat again! As far as a genetic thing....why would it show up a 5 weeks old?
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

If mothers milk was bad, the kittens may have been malnourished. Plus fleas weakened them by making them anemic

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
We thought of that and were giving them milk replacer and a little suger water. The last boy seems to be fine....for now.
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

I am so glad one baby is OK, that's GREAT. Here is how to keep him healthy.

First, do not put any flea poison on him because it can make him sick.

Get a bag of food grade diatomaceous earth on ebay or amazon.

Put it all around the perimeter of your house, under all sofa cushions and mattresses. It will naturally kill all fleas and s safe for cats.

Get a few cans of pate cat food. Add a tablespoon of warm water to make it soupy. Feed him small amounts every two hours as that is the best way for his body to metabolize calories.

If he gets dehydrated give him tuna water drained from the can.

Please let me know how he is doing .

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Kind regards,


Customer: replied 9 months ago.
OK...Thanks we'll try that. Don't want to lose this last one if possible.
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

You are more than welcome. It is my pleasure to help such a wonderful person.

Please keep me posted on his condition. I will work with you tirelessly to save him!!!

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
34;Any ideas on this one. The kitten that I was sure had passed is screaming to the top of his lungs.We can hardly hold him in out hands for his fighting.
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

You mean the kitten you thought was dead is ALIVE??

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
he is alive. I have seen my share of animals pass away and I was sure he was gone. He was lockjawed and I could see no signs of breathing of heartbeat or at least very faint ones. I've seen many dogs and cats at that point and was just a matter of time. When I went to check on bury him....he woke up clawing and meowing as loud as he could. I went and got him and his brother pate style kitten food,but still won't eat like he should,although he did eat a little moistened kitten chow. Thanks for all your help and this will be one for you to put in books. By the way his unofficial name is ***** ***** Kitten.
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.
Thank God! Insert a dropper with warm diluted wet food in the side ofhis mouth wh there is a space between his teeth and slowly feed
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

How is the kitten doing?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Got him to patee style food this morning, also I got a different brand of milk replacer with different type of nipple on the end and he drank from it too.
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.
Awesome news!
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

How is he today?

Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

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