[Urgent] 3 month old kitten not eating anything (already lost two cats to the same symptoms)

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Hello,

I have a 3 month old cat. He has stopped eat, has become completely weak. Just lies down, don't move. Shits out white foamy liquid. Drags his ass across the floor.

I took him to the vet, he said it's digestion / liver issues and gave an injection and a liver tonic (LIV52). But it's been 6 hours now and he's still really weak.
I even gave him deworming medicine 18 hours ago as suggest by the same doctor but that too did nothing.

Two years ago, I lost a 2 year old cat and a 3 month old kitten to the same symptoms. I showed these cats to three different vets and all said kidney / liver issues but none of the medicines they gave worked.

Please help.
The feeling of helplessness is making me cry.
 

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Where is your location?
I know you must be frantic with worry.

Would it be possible to see a different Vet? Or even a specialist?

Did they do BBC any bloodwork?
I wonder if you kitties could have FIP? Did they test for that?
Any treatment besides what you listed?

I know a ton of questions; sorry about that —- just wantto get and give the best info.

Did they happen to re-hydrate him with sub- q fluids—— under the skin? This usually perks them up. Because dehydration is always an issue with kitties.

sending you (((((hugs)))) and ❤
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Where is your location?
I know you must be frantic with worry.

Would it be possible to see a different Vet? Or even a specialist?

Did they do BBC any bloodwork?
I wonder if you kitties could have FIP? Did they test for that?
Any treatment besides what you listed?

I know a ton of questions; sorry about that —- just wantto get and give the best info.

Did they happen to re-hydrate him with sub- q fluids—— under the skin? This usually perks them up. Because dehydration is always an issue with kitties.

sending you (((((hugs)))) and ❤
Hopefully some more knowledgeable member will come in soon.


The cat just pooped out a round worm and it's big. I am going to tell this to the vet so that he can recommend me de-worming medication.

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Is it all general or are there medicines specific to de-worming? I hope he recovers. He has become really week.

I have gave him some sugar water so that he does not dehydrate, I hope that was not a bad move.


I am from India, and currently, I have showed him to the best vet in the area.
 

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That worm could definitely be the cause of your little one's issues, but I've never seen a roundworm look quite like that. (not that I've ever seen one in person, mind you) Not sure what de-wormers you have over there in India, but Drontal is a good all-round dewormer. I would suggest, though, that you send a picture of this worm to your Vet just to get their take on what it actually is in case they think he needs some other de-wormer, and know that no matter which one you use, you will need to dose more than once because you will need to get not only the adults, but the new larvae once they "hatch".

Sugar water rubbed on his gums is ok to use, and may help stimulate his appetite, but if you want to keep him hydrated, giving him unflavored pedialyte would be better. It has electrolytes in it too. If you can't find any, here is a cut and paste from Daily Kitten on how to make your own:

Tent test: pick up a good pinch of kitten’s skin at the neck and let go.If it snaps back immediately, she’s hydrated okay. If it takes a little time to go back down, or, worse, it stays up in a ‘tent’ shape, she needs fluids, such as pedialyte (from the supermarket, children’s aisle) or home-made pedialyte below.

Note, in the United Kingdom, pedialyte is called Dioralyte. Also known as rehydration salts.

Home-made pedialyte:
Pedialyte:

* Pedialyte formula (from World Health Organization)…no preservatives so short life-span

* 1 cup water (boiled then cooled)

* 2 tsp sugar

* 1/8 tsp salt

* 1/8 tsp baking soda

* (this Pedialyte formula gives needed electrolytes & some sugar for energy)

Combine all ingredients and warm slightly.

Make new after 24 hours.

:vibes: :vibes: :vibes:
 

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I'm glad that thing is no longer in his body, now let's try to get the rest of the family out of him. Wow. Fleas can also weaken a kitten as well. I don't think I have ever heard of somebody who has lost three different cats to liver issues, especially really young cats. Are you sure that they didn't catch a virus- one that may still be lingering? Did your vet put him on any antibiotics?

Do you have some honey you can rub on his gums? You NEED to get fluids in him- have your vet inject fluids under his skin. It is a cheap treatment and one that is that is usually very effective.
 
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I told the vet and he said it's a hookworm

He told me to continue the deworming medication he told me to use before.

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It has been exactly 39 hours since I gave him the first dose of 0.5 ml and it has been 16 hours since the seconds dose.
Basically I have him 0.5 ml day before yesterday at 20:00 and yesterday at 20:00.

So far, he doesn't seem to be improving.

How long does deworming take to be cured?
 
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I'm glad that thing is no longer in his body, now let's try to get the rest of the family out of him. Wow. Fleas can also weaken a kitten as well. I don't think I have ever heard of somebody who has lost three different cats to liver issues, especially really young cats. Are you sure that they didn't catch a virus- one that may still be lingering? Did your vet put him on any antibiotics?

Do you have some honey you can rub on his gums? You NEED to get fluids in him- have your vet inject fluids under his skin. It is a cheap treatment and one that is that is usually very effective.
I have been putting water in his mouth with a dropper, he swallows it.

So far, I am giving 10 ml after every three hours.

I hope he gets better. :(

All the vets in my area are also packed with tight schedule and closed most of the time due to COVID-19.
 

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I still don''t think a round of antibiotics will hurt him. Can the vet call some in and also show you how to apply fluids under his skin? My vet showed me and it was easy, maybe a vet tech can show you? That treatment will give him immediate benefits.


Thank you for the update and please keep us informed- we are all rooting for the little guy.
 

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I told the vet and he said it's a hookworm

He told me to continue the deworming medication he told me to use before.

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It has been exactly 39 hours since I gave him the first dose of 0.5 ml and it has been 16 hours since the seconds dose.
Basically I have him 0.5 ml day before yesterday at 20:00 and yesterday at 20:00.

So far, he doesn't seem to be improving.

How long does deworming take to be cured?


He needs other things besides deworming- he greatly needs hydration. That is what we were saying about fluids under the skin. I don't think he has liver problems as much as a dehydration and malnutrition problem.
 

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mrsgreenjeens mrsgreenjeens and jefferd18 jefferd18

I told the vet and he said it's a hookworm

He told me to continue the deworming medication he told me to use before.

Image below:
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It has been exactly 39 hours since I gave him the first dose of 0.5 ml and it has been 16 hours since the seconds dose.
Basically I have him 0.5 ml day before yesterday at 20:00 and yesterday at 20:00.

So far, he doesn't seem to be improving.

How long does deworming take to be cured?
Typically, ONE dose kills the adults and then in a couple of weeks a 2nd dose is given to kill the hatchlings. Did your Vet say to give a 2nd dose so soon? I'm not familiar with this product, but are no instructions on the packaging if your Vet didn't give specific dosing instructions?


Also, with hookworms, your little guy could have a lot of blood loss. How do his gums look? Are they pink, or pale? If pale, that may mean he has anemia and may need iron. Of course, he needs some nutrition and that all important fluids, which you are doing. Can you get him to eat anything? You might try meat only baby food, or google Kitten Glop Or perhaps you could give him some raw Goat's Milk the same way you are giving him water (or pedialyte)?.

I'm very worried about him, I won't lie. Hookworms in kittens can be extremely dangerous. If he makes it through this, be sure to treat him monthly to prevent him getting them again. I believe some heartworm medications prevent hookworms also. We can help you with that information when the time comes.if your Vet can't.

:vibes::vibes::vibes:
 

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I don't understand why the second dose is given so close to the first, that medication is typically given to humans and would require a very small dose for cats. Its side effects include liver damage. Please take that kitten to a vet and get it rehydrated through the skin, simple and cheap procedure. He needs to eat first. Tempt his appetite with ANYTHING that may interest him, he has got to eat. Remember, NO cow's milk, that can cause major digestive problems in some cats. If you have it in your country, get some Delectable Lickable treats in the stew, not the bisque. It is in the treat section in a pouch. I have never had a cat refuse it, I give my meds in it. I'll pray for your sweet boy......
 
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Dewormer should be given once, and repeated on 10th day. If he was dewormed 18 hours ago, I don't think he should be dewormed again now.

Also please check to make sure that dosage was given correctly. Foaming from the mouth is a sign of intoxication, which can happen if dewormer dosage was more than needed. Also, some brands of dewormers require the cat to have an empty stomach for hours before dewormer medication is given.

I think once worms are killed the kitten will start to recover, but he should receive shots / fluids / vitamins meanwhile is he can't eat right now.
 

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From Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook

“Dogs treated at 50 mg/kg twice daily may develop anorexia. Cats may exhibit clinical signs of mild lethargy, depression, anorexia, and resistance to receiving the medication when albendazole is used to treat Paragonimus kellicotti infections. Albendazole has been implicated in causing aplastic anemia in dogs, cats, and humans. In cases where Fenbendazole is efficacious, it is preferred.”

Albendazole is considered a large animal drug and it’s use in small animals has become unpopular due to the side effects and potential for toxicity.
 
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