In the last couple of weeks i've lost 2 kittens to death & i don't know why. They are fine for the 1st 2 or 3 days but then they start acting funny. They stop eatting, using the bathroom, they dont play or do anything but lay down & sleep. If you try & stand them up they fall over. There weak & feel hot. I've been told that they are kittens & they like to sleep but that can't be it because they have died. I've gotten these kittens from the Human Sociaty where i live & i'm on my 3rd kitten. I dont understand why they keep getting sick & passing away on me! Can someone please help me understand why this keeps happening. I even thought it was something in my house.
My first question is; how old were the kittens? Under 8-10 weeks there's a higher risk of death due to stress related issues.
(I've heard quite a few stories of a person coming home to find their new 8 week old kitten curled up in the closet/under the bed dead due to the stress caused by a new environment).
But you sound as if you're describing the symptoms of some sort of disease or illness.
Generally the Humane Society tests for common illnesses, but certain illnesses can be present and still register on the test as a negative result.
Frankly, with two such deaths, I'd definitely let them know about the situation (if you have it happen again, give back the corpse for autopsy. As terrible as it is, it would be a very responsible thing to do).
The other option is you've got some sort of environmental poisoning going on in your home. I would suggest taking a thorough inventory of every product used in the house, every pesticide, what you're feeding them, and check to see if there's any indication of poisoning of your kittens.
Remember; cats bathe by licking which means if something harmful is in the air, on the carpet, or on the furniture; they're going to be ingesting whatever it is in decent quantity.
I'm very sorry for your losses. I hope it goes well this time; this sort of experience can be very emotional and affect a person's ability to desire a pet. Stay strong and determined!
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