2 month old kitten being attacked by dog - aftercare/diagnostics, anything!
I was over a friend's house visiting with my kitten (without thinking and rushing out the door I thought it was a good idea to get my good friends to see my kitten.), I was downstairs at the time and my kitten was locked in my friends room, another one of my friends came over and wanted to see my kitty; so I let her.. she accidently ended up letting my friend's Labrador into the room and it attacked my cat and bit her in the neck. My friend's claim they didn't see much, which concerns me is that they let the dog into the same room and didn't pay attention, but I'm still feeling guilt stricken. immediately after my friend's brought me upstairs to show me what happened i phoned the vet at 11pm, and brought her in. Since the vet in my town can't afford an xray for pets, we're not sure if she will make it through the night. so far she has been meowing, making growling noises every so often. she is also making twitching and jerking movements with her legs and lying down on her side. on her right ear she has some clear tears, but the vet didn't seem to be too concerned. her mouth was bloody but didn't seem to have any visible internal injuries, she gets very antsy when i touch her whatsoever, but she keeps moving repeatedly and she hasnt stopped moving/twitching since i took her home from the vet; and that was 6 hours ago. the vet said my kitten has a chance of not surviving through the night if she has neck or spinal injuries but is there anything else I can do? i'm so sad and in shock...
I am so very sorry for what has happened to your kitty...I hope she is still doing alright, some twitching/jerking is commonly seen after trauma to the nervous system, so is walking in circles....you didn't really say if she was able to walk or not? is she up and around at all...using the litter box and trying to eat? if she is conscious and not eating on her own you will soon need to feed her by a dropper..small amounts of a formula at a time and stimulate her tummy so she can pee...
I will send you a recent reply and a link that was given to another member recently with a kitty and similar injuries...good luck, and let us know how it goes...
UPDATE: she's still bedridden, I have put her into a medium sized bin and put lots of towels and blankets in.. the vet said there's a very high chance of a concussion, and spinal/neck injuries which is usually fatal :(
So far she has made it past 24hrs and she has been eating mushed kitty food with enriched nutrients, and drinking a few syringes full of water frequently. She has not went to the litter box because she can not walk so she just eliminates wastes while lying down and her poop seems to look normal to me and she also pees every so often throughout the day (but I always immediately change her bedding right away). When she does try to walk, she walks sideways and bends her neck to the side. But sometimes she can lie down sitting up with her head standing straight but she doesn't do this for long, then she's back to her usual position for hours. Sometimes when she's squirming around she sort of gets really tense, restless, and meows like she needs attention. The vet also prescribed my kitten Metacam every 12 hours and I haven't left her side for more than an hour.. i really do hope that she's okay but the vet simply does not have an xray, so we have no idea if she'll be alright.. even the vet is worried and praying for her recovery. Right now she's sleeping after he last feeding and hydration time, so I'll post more tomorrow and see if there's any positive changes. It's so hard to stay positive since she's my very first pet and I'm also on my own.. I'm hoping to scrounge up more money and take her to the city next week with me and get her xrays done.
well good for you for being such a good mommy....its good that she is eating and eliminating on her own..a very very good sign, even tho she can't make it to the litter box right now at least she's eliminating, the rest will come in time. she is really confused and disorientated right now, perhaps even temporarily blind the walking sideways and bending the head to one side are all indications of head trauma, this too should likely improve over time.... and with patience, the main thing is she is eating I am glad you are giving her a mush/canned/wet food...
one thing I will tell you is I am not in favor of the use of Metacam for cats...your Vet has given this to reduce the inflammation, however it is a NSAID and the use of these anti-inflamatories in cats are dangerous..can cause kidney failure. I will give you a site to read, I highly suggest you talk with your Vet abt this and if you do continue to use be very sure he has prescribed this at a very LOW dose..
I don't really see there being any advantage to her having an xray....b/c all that will show is spinal damage, even if there is spinal damage what than would you do? surgery is much too expensive and may not even give good outcomes. She will either improve or not based on time....and you are willing to keep looking after her needs therefore I can see little use of an xray.
hmmm well I am hoping pain meds could be prescribed or having her spend the night at the clinic? (the vet here isn't all to formal about things since he's the only one in town and he works from his own home..) she woke up in the middle of the night and ALL night she was meowing, crying, rolling around, until I finally picked her up and brought her to my bed, she finally started to quiet down when I laid beside her with my hand under her head. so now she's sleeping again but I'm not sure for how long. I would like an xray done to see how severe the damage is because for now she seems to be in a lot of pain.. I live in a small rural town so we only have 1 vet, whom I don't exactly trust all too much, which is unfortunate.. I think having her examined by a professional from the city would be much more effient.. bills aren't too much of a deal for me, but if it were to come down to it (meaning too much pain and the price is very high) I will have to put her down..
I've read about Metacam from what came in the box, it does state it's for dogs and that it can cause renal failure.. I will phone the vet again today and ask a few questions. Thank you so much for your info, it really helps keep the mind more clear for me..
by the time i finished this message she woke up and started meowing again.. well night and I'll post again later
But I may be thinking that excessive meowing could be in her nature (she's a siameseXpersian), and she's usually used to cuddling beside me every night.. it's just hard to tell sometimes.. but I know that she's definitely in a lot of pain still..
poor little sweetheart......IF your Vet does prescribe a pain med...doubtful. but if he does ask for BUPRENORPHINE (Buprenex) this is the safest for cats...but its an opiate and most Vets don't have on hand.use very small doses, even less than what they may give you, comes in a liquid and just needs to be squirted into their mouths.... No steroids unless absolutely needed.♥
Thank you for following up! most of my friends haven't even acknowledged me or asked if she made it through the night, or even could tell me what exactly happened (since I wasn't there for the accident). I'm still having a hard time feeding her, I tried looking for milk-replacements in town today but there wasn't any, but the HS gave me a recipe to make my own, it's just hard to feed her mushed food through a spoon all the time since her little whiskers keep getting in the way. She hasn't eliminated anything for almost 24 hours, so I'm starting to get a little worried, I heard something good about feeding your cat a little bit of pure pumpkin puree for constipation. Today she crawled out of her bin when I left the room for a few minutes by climbing up the blankets by my bed, and I found her meowing in the crack between the wall and my bed, I put her back into the bin but she kept on trying to climb out again. Her neck looked like it was properly up right, but her right shoulder/leg hasn't improved very much except that she's able to put pressure when she does try to walk. I think she probably has some bed sores from laying on one side the whole time, I try to position her a little differently each time to prevent that.
Also the reason why I was thinking about pain med's is because as time goes by she seems to be getting angrier (growling, crying, and trying to run away) and I'm not sure what else to do but try to prevent her from moving too much and try to cater to her needs.. I was thinking of putting a heating pad underneath her bin to try to warm up the area and ease some of the pain, but I also read online that heating up the area can be damaging if she has a concussion, it also said to put something frozen like peas on, but I wrapped up an icecube in a cloth but she didn't seem to like that very much.
I have also gave her about 3 doses of her medication since Saturday night.
I was also thinking of bandaging up her hurt leg a bit with medical tape to add some pressure to the area, and help prevent her from trying to excape.
Let me know what you think I should do next, Thanks for reading and replying!
wow you are sure being on top of things.....glad to try to answer some of your questions.
don't use a heat pad, could get too hot. use a hot water bottle or even any kind of bottle wrapped in a towel...with only warm water inside.
-don't use ice, heat will help her feel more comfy and safe...and won't be a problem even if a concussion.
-do you have a dropper from any type of medicine bottle? wash one out well if you do, or you can buy them at a pharmacy...works much much better than tyring to use a spoon. just go very slow and put in the side of her mouth near her back molars be sure she swallows good. use same precautions when giving water.
-yes you can use a tiny amount of pumpkin...pure pumpkin( not the pie filling) in her food, that willgive her some fiber and help with constipation.
-no don't bandage her leg....like aligator said she is using it and this is helping to make it stronger so let her move if she tries.
-I wouldn't use pain meds if I were you...these like any meds can give bad side effects in cats, so don't use just cause...only when absolutely necessary.
I am trying to find a site that gave a recipe for formula since you don't have the KMR...doesn't your Vet have this on hand?....but really its best if you use canned cat food mixed with water so it can be given by a syringe or droppper. if nothing else use baby food in the jars...ones that are 100% meat with NO onions or anything...like pure chicken....
If I were you I would stop the metacam medications...just my opinion, the swelling should have decreased by now and I don't trust this medication...
I meant to add thats sure some real caring friends you have there!!!! the owner of the dog should be helping you with Vet bills!!!!
here is a video on food and how to syringe or dropper feed.....just go slow.
you may have to take a damp cloth and stroke her like a momma cat would lick the anal and bladder area...stroke gently with a damp cloth for a few minutes several times a day...this will help her to pee and poop...how much water are you giving her???? I would really suggest you stop that metacam I'm worried its affecting her kidneys maybe...
I wish I could have read your posts earliar.. my baby kitten, Saffire, passed away today while she was sleeping :( I'm so very sad right now after seeing her improve and be able to walk around and after she had a good evaluation at her last vet check up.. After I seen the vet the 2nd time he prescribed her eye drops for her eye infection that she suddenly developed.. I continued on with her metacam doses, and she was diagnosed as blind but still was able to react to light.. Every day she was walking and trying to find her way everywhere in my house.. She seemed like she was getting better until yesterday she stopped wanting to move, she started to get more sleepy and eating less. today she barely wanted to eat or drink anything.. I also started using her syringe more for feeding once I figured out what would be easiest and it was going well for awhile... I just don't know what else I could have done, but this is the hardest thing I've ever had to witness and I just thank everyone for their time and caring opinions.. R.i.p Saffire <3
Also this last thing I wanted to note and it is horrifying for me to witness, especially when it's just me and Saffire.. After I realized she was dead, and I knew she wasn't dead for very long.. I picked her up and put her in her bed and phoned my mom, she immediately brought me a shoebox to put her in and when she went to pick up my kitten, her head flopped a bit and blood started dripping from out of her mouth.. I'm not sure what caused her death but that very sight is too overwhelming for me and it hurts, but I'm happy to know that she's in a much better place.. I also wrote a poem for her and I'd like to share.
You took a piece of my heart when I heard it was your time to go
to a better place for you to play in gods pastures where you can continue to grow.
There will be other kitties out there that play, and never will you have to ever have to feel a stray.
In this world there will be no troubles or hell
And this is where I bid thee farewell
Even though it hurts, I'll have to let it go
In my heart, where your playful spirit can forever stow.
Oh honey I am so very sorry.....the poem is lovely, a wonderful tribute to some little heart you loved so much, you tried and you did all you could, you were a good mommy and Saffire knew she was loved...thats what counts isn't it...God bless and RIP little girl..gentle journey♥
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