The worst case of cat worms EVERRRR!

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Just kidding. My cat had it's kittens. 5 ugly little bundles of fur. My 9 year old daughter and I went through quite an experience at 9am watching her birth all 5 sacs then eat the placenta..... YUM!
We have one little problem, Pancake. Pancake was kitten number two and the second she came out we knew we had something wrong on our hands. Momma cat only licked her a couple of times before turning from her and starting to pop out more. I cleaned her with a warm towel, but she still looked funny. Later we noticed that she wasn't squirming like the other kittens. She can press down with her arms, but they stay useless at her sides. She scoots with her head and hind legs. So every 3 hours I go upstairs and start the interesting task of shoving a kitten head onto a nipple while my cat looks at me like I have clearly lost my mind. I think we have resigned ourselves to a special needs kitty, which is ok. I live the kind of life that can devote that much time to a rugrat.

Newcomer's picture

I'm confused: Didn't your vet diagnose worms??

austen's picture

Um, yeah - you said it was worms here: http://www.fishtown.us/content/forum/kittens-im-sorry

DaniM's picture

That was the running joke it seems. The vet I went to palpitated her belly and said worms. We gave her worm treatment and she expelled a load of worms. Then, two weeks later she started to swell again. Turns out it was both worms AND pregnancy. I now go to Girard Vet instead of School House Vet (in NJ).

KingDingAling's picture

Darwin posits that the kitten you've photographed probably isn't going to make it.

When the king speaks, fishtown.us would be wise to listen.

DaniM's picture

I am well aware of Pancakes poor chances. Probably shouldn't have named her. Still.... I am hopeful.

Matt Benatar's picture

DaniM wrote:
Turns out it was both worms AND pregnancy.

You are really bad at owning a cat. You might be worse than my aunt, who accidentally dried her cat. In the clothes dryer. To death.

Love is a Mattlefield.

matinee1dol's picture

Good Luck! I'm hoping for the little guy!

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Matt Benatar wrote:
DaniM wrote:
Turns out it was both worms AND pregnancy.

You are really bad at owning a cat. You might be worse than my aunt, who accidentally dried her cat. In the clothes dryer. To death.

Please respond that she unwittingly threw a load of laundry on top of the hiding cat and not that she truly tried to dry a cat in the dryer.

Matt Benatar's picture

Yes. The cat hopped in the dryer because it was warm. Poor little guy came out so soft and fluffy.

Love is a Mattlefield.

codergrrl's picture

I knew someone who vacuumed their budgie once. Only once.

"Je Suis Prest"

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Gross.

Laurie's picture

This thread sucks.

Dani, I wish you the best of luck. I knew of a kitten named Pancake who was born with a flattened ribcage. She not only thrived but somehow her ribcage developed normally. Hopefully your little Pancake will do well also.

Misfitz's picture

Might just be an extreme runt. I had a cat give birth at my house and had a very similar situation. The mother actually kept sitting on him. I'm not sure if it's conscious on her part or not, but I'm pretty sure she was trying to kill him because he was a little slower and weaker than the rest of the litter. So I just hand nursed him for 4 weeks and put him with the rest of the litter only for play time. He turned out alright, just needed extra attention. Yours may just need that extra attention to turn around. I think it's great that you're giving the little one a shot and not just deeming him a lost cause, as the mother's instincts usually lead them to do. Bravo! I hope to hear updates on your brood!

"Save me Jebus!!"

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Matt Benatar wrote:
DaniM wrote:
Turns out it was both worms AND pregnancy.

You are really bad at owning a cat. You might be worse than my aunt, who accidentally dried her cat. In the clothes dryer. To death.

My maternal instincts come completely by accident, I think i may have accidentally sat on my own kids a few times by accident.... I think it was by accident. Either way it was touch and go until they were old enough to say their first words... "Feed me" "Stop trying to smother me" you know, a child's normal vocalizations.
As for my cat rearing abilities.... I don't know, I think I'm doing pretty good over here, My whole house is a mess, but the kittens are is spotless! And, there is marked improvement on the kitten daily.
So I guess what I'm saying is... completely irrelevant.

Kat's picture

Good luck Dani. Ignore the snark. Hope pancake makes it <3

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Kat wrote:
Good luck Dani. Ignore the snark. Hope pancake makes it <3

I second that :-)

"Save me Jebus!!"

Misfitz's picture

Oh, and if he's underweight and you decide to hand nurse, Karo syrup works great to boost their caloric intake and get some lbs and strength. You just mix a little bit in their formula.

"Save me Jebus!!"

Landj's picture

Giving little pancake some syrup.. That's too cute! :)

DaniM's picture

Awesome, I am supplementing her nursing with kitten milk, I will ad the Caro. THANK YOU! Ill show a one week update.

Matt Benatar's picture

Kat wrote:
Ignore the snark.

You underestimate the power of the Snark Side.

Love is a Mattlefield.

codergrrl's picture

Hire a wet nurse.

"Je Suis Prest"

Sally's picture

Dani,Good Luck with ur kitty........as far as karo syrup goes I had a child who had a problem with formula and I had a problem with her vomiting and messy diapers.My mom who had more than a baseball team of children offered her sage advice which was to give my baby can mik and karo......guess what-it worked..no more sick baby.....sometimes the old ways are still the best ways......all I can say about ur cat skills is at least u didn't toss ur pregnant cat out on the street to fend for herself.........or have her euthanized

Criminals,Not Society,Are Responsible for Crime........if Your Killer is Only Fifteen ,Are You Any Less Dead ?.................

My imaginary friend caught me talking to myself so now he is refusing to talk to me

rinobio's picture

karo is a great suggestion! Glad to hear pancake is doing a bit better, I am so worried for her!

DaniM's picture

UPDATE! One week into Pancakes life. She is now eating without assistance from her mother. She finds the nipple without assistance. AND SHE USES ONE ARM FULLY! This is awesome, her one arm is still stuck to her side, but a three legged cat has a much better chance than a two legged one! ALSO, she has an owner. Our good friend who lives a lone and is retired is excited to take on the full time job or raising a handicapped kitty. The kittens all have doc appts the 25th and the mother is waiting for her spaying appt.... Apparently, she is masochistic, because she is in heat again.... The fatty twins are currently without an owner yet. If anyone is interested, let me know. If not, we just have 4 kitties in our home instead of three.

rinobio's picture

great news dani! i am so happy to hear this!!

Misfitz's picture

That's wonderful, you must be so happy and proud! Thanks for the update! It's a great one on a Monday morning!

"Save me Jebus!!"

Kat's picture

Dani that is great news. Yay for Pancake :)

DaniM's picture

I was thinking of doing a fundraiser to help pay for the cost of all the shots. For a five dollar donation you get a stained glass garden rod of a butterfly. They are really simple and cute and we usually sell them at our shows for 8 dollars. Any extra money (hoping there is some) would go to Rinobio for her kitty efforts. The shots will be 35 a piece, and since we are keeping one and our friend is keeping another we only need to pay for the three extra kittens that have no home yet. I originally wanted to send them all off with spay certificates as well, but we don't have that much extra cash..... who does?
Any way, if anyone is interested I will put up an individual thread and start posting it on FB.