Experimentation - Kitty Emergency
It was two days after bringing by 10 week kitten (Oxford) home; he was sneezing all the time, little kitty snot dripping constantly, and I could tell he was loosing energy. The worker that helped me adopt him at the Animal Humane Society warned me most kittens will have caught a cold, but at long as they are eating and drinking it would be fine. So after observing him not eating or drinking I realized I had to do something. First I tried feeding him canned food with the idea that his stuffed nose might still be able to smell it. Didn't work, so next I microwaved it hoping it would help. It intrigued him a little, but not enough. I researched online and in forums learned I should take him to the vet right away, for kittens can get dehydrated quickly and not make it. At 3 in the morning I put him in his cardboard carrier and drove him to the vet. They wanted to hook him to an IV and inject fluids and nutrients; i asked if there was another way that wasn't nearly $500. After discussing I learned it was possible to manually inject the fluid using a syringe, it just wasn't always as effective. I was in charge of holding little Oxford while the vet injected the fluid into his back. When I brought him home he drank a little water. They had also given me medicine to give him orally with a syringe to help him overcome his cold. I decided to use the syringe for squirting water in his mouth which he seemed to enjoy, and what seemed to make him more energized. The next day he was eating and exploring the house like normal!