Basically one of two feral kittens we were bottle feeding was suddenly near death a few weeks ago... getting close to 5 weeks old, the little boy was apparently blind from the excess cranial pressure and having displaying lots of other neuro injury symptoms... constantly flicking tail, etc. How he got hurt is still a mystery. He was usually with a smaller sibling and they were rarely out of site from my wife.
As covered in the linked thread, we had him treated at a emergency vets office over a weekend, and MANNITOL did a great job of reducing the pressure causing all the problems... He seemed all better. But then, just over 2 days later he started sliding downhill quickly... another dose of Mannitol and like magic, he seemed fine again. This time he was also put on prednisone (sp?) and a full week later we are now stepping down his steriod dose.
So far everything seems totally normal.
We are hoping of course that the problem was actually caused by a physical trauma and he has had time to 'repair' the damage. Hopefully it's not a congenital problem that the mannitol 'fixed', and the prednisone is able to keep down for the time being. A lifetime of prednisone isn't an option for a 6 week old kitten.
We still have our fingers crossed, but from our experience, the IV drug Mannitol is a utter lifesaver for a cat/kitten/pet that is suffering from a severe concussion. It's diuretic effect works alarmingly fast. I mean the first dose literally revived a limp nearly lifeless cat back into a wound up kitten in less than 4 hours.
I just came back to update this once more... Funniest thing I have to add is the 'little boy' is actually a female! 'He' was so young at the time that no one in the first 2 visits ever noticed he was a she!
Basically she's doing fine... and is a very sweet kitten. Whatever caused the 'head injury'... the two doses of IV mannitol seemed to get her thru the swelling/pressure that was causing such worrisome side effects. We are convinced that without the mannitol treatment she'd have not made it thru that first night.
Her brother is absolutely hell on wheels. He is terrorizing everyone in the house... till he gets tired then he's the most 'lovey' of any pet we'd ever had.
And since these two showed up in our garage, we inherited a 3rd feral kitten on a drive to San Antonio to pick up a project car I decided I couldn't live without. I nearly hit that little kitten on I-10 and saw more than 1/2 a dozen cars behind me dodge her as well. When we got turned around and back to the vicinity over 15 minutes had passed! As I pulled over I spotted her crossing the highway one more time. We collected her up and found she had a broken tail... the tip was 'dead' according to the vet, and has since fallen off... (ick!) When she gets spayed the vet will shorten it up and stitch it up nicely.
Oh bless your dear heart not only for rescuing these poor abandoned babies to begin with but for also having it in your kind heart to spend all the money on care too....and without even knowing if this treatment would do the job, this goes above and beyond what so many are willing to do, it seems some are so willing to give up on a pet (let alone a new one)...
I am so happy 'she' is going to be okay now and live a long healthy and productive life thanks to you.
and now a 3rd....how very kind of you to turn and go back for this poor little soul. these needy little ones sure knew how to come across you just at the right moment didn't they. I don't believe that was a mistake!
Now they will have a loving and caring home and will without a doubt repay you many times over.
hi mannitol polufusor is available in the uk as my cat had it in the last week i was charged just over 20 pound for this drug im in the south west so may very, but as far as im concerned it was worth every penny :-)
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