11-29-10

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On Saturday, we took Jan and Bobby to a vet in Decatur because the diarrhea was NOT STOPPING. It’s not even just diarrhea, these poor babies are just dripping poop everywhere they go – it’s like they don’t even realize they’re doing it, and it’s getting all over their back legs and feet. I would LOVE to go back to last week when my only problem was that they were having diarrhea in the litter box, then stepping in it and tracking it all over the place. After I walked into the room Saturday morning and found poop everywhere, I decided to put them in a cage to contain it (which really I should have done sooner – it sometimes takes me a little while to realize the obvious).

They’d both lost weight since Tuesday, and I didn’t think they should wait ’til Monday to see a vet. Luckily, Fred found a vet that’s open on Saturday and was willing to fit us in. The vet did a fecal and found that in addition to the coccidia (which was apparently not knocked out by the medication we’d given them), they had tapeworms and roundworms. We brought them home and gave them dewormer, and it was a few hours later that the tapeworm poopin’ began.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that Jan passed at least 12 inches worth of tapeworm. It was horrifying and yet so fascinating I couldn’t look away.

Unfortunately Jan and Bobby are still dripping, so they’re still in the cage. I’m keeping them as clean as I can, giving them full-on baths in the morning and again in the evening – I’m not sure whether it would be best to bathe them every couple of hours just to keep them as clean as possible, or if that’s bad for their back ends. Their behinds are horribly swollen and painful and nothing I’ve tried – hemorrhoid cream, Desitin – seems to help (I am absolutely open for suggestions, you guys. It’s painful for me to LOOK at their poor back ends, I can only imagine how painful it is for them).

They’re all on a bland diet, which none of them are particularly crazy about (except, surprisingly, for the wisp-thin Peter Brady, who thinks that rice and chicken is THE BOMB), and I’ve given both Jan and Bobby doses of Nutri-Cal. I hate how thin they look, and I hate how they just sit there and look miserable. I’m keeping them warm (the room has a heater set at 72, and they have a heating pad in their cage.)

I feel like if the damn diarrhea dripping would just STOP, their back ends could heal. I’m a worrier by nature anyway, and you can just imagine how much sleep I’ve lost in the last several days, worrying about these guys. If you could spare a good thought in the direction of two sweet little kittens in Alabama, it would certainly be appreciated.

(On an amusing note, of course they pooped up the carrier on the way to the vet, and the vet tech took them off to bathe them. I said to Fred “Oh, good! They’ll be nice and clean when she brings them back!” because, well, they’re professionals and they know what they’re doing, amiright? I’ve been giving them baths, but I’m no professional – all I do is get them as clean as I can, which is not so easy even though they hardly weigh over a pound, because a kitten who doesn’t want a bath could give Schwarzeneggar a run for his money. I like to use the “hot tub” method, which is where I soak them in one little bucket of warm water for a minute or so, clean their feet and tails with gentle baby wash, rinse them in the same bucket, and then rinse them a second time in a second bucket, wrap them up in clean towels, and put them on a heating pad on low (or if Fred’s giving me a hand, he’ll hold them on his lap in front of the heater). ANYway, the vet tech came back with them, and it looked like all she’d done was spray the worst of it off them, and dried ’em with a towel. HA.)

I haven’t taken any pictures of the kittens in the last few days, because I hate how pitiful they look, but luckily I took a ton of them early last week when they were feeling okay, so those are what you’ll see.


Bobby Brady, shoulder monkey. (He hasn’t climbed up on my shoulder since the middle of last week. Though, considering how much he’s dribbling, I suppose I should be grateful. Or invest in a pair of overalls made out of some sort of easy-wipe material!)


I am truly not quite sure what Greg Brady’s doing here, but it kinda looks like he’s about to take a big ol’ bite out of his own leg.


Cindy Brady. She’s such a sweet little laid-back monkey.


Marcia haz herself a complaint or twelve.


Jan. “I can walk! I CAN WALK!”


Cindy in the front, Jan in the back.


Jan, playing with a toy mouse.


Wild Jan.


Did I mention she’s wild?

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Previously
2009: Sometimes I call him “Brick Brickman” – that’s the name he’ll use when he grows up to be a news anchor.
2008: No entry.
2007: TOO MANY CATS UP IN THIS HOUSE.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.

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11-29-10 — 11 Comments

  1. Oh, I am so sad that the Bradys are having a rough time. I will pray for the little monkeys.

  2. Poor kittens! I sure hope they “firm-up” soon. I have two boys who were six months old when they joined the family. They had diarrhea, probably caused by Coccidia, that wouldn’t go away, even after multiple worm and other meds. Poor babies had it so long it caused some vitamin defficiencies. And the vitamin defficiencies in turn caused a continuance of the diarrhea. It was a vicious cycle. we had to give them vitamin B and a supplement called “L glutamine” to clear it all up.

    Looks like Tommy is shredding his collar. Maybe Santa will put a new one under the tree for him.

    Beth

  3. I have always used Vitamin E oil to help with raw skin from chapped bottoms to cuts and abrasions. I just snip open a supplement capsule and spread it on, it is very soothing. The only thing I don’t know about is how much of it is okay for the kittens to eat, you don’t have to worry about that as much with people.

  4. Tapeworms?? Roundworms?? And diarrhea?!?! Oh good grief!! I’m fortunate to never having to face these with all my kitties as apart from Charlie I had them all as kittens!! So I really don’t know how to help – except to give them all the drugs the vets say! I’m so sorry to hear they’re having to face all these – hopefully they’ll pull through!! The Bradys are a sweet and hardy bunch!!! I’m just so glad they’re with you!!! Take care
    x

  5. Oh I am so sad that Jan and Bobby are not doing well. I am no expert so I really don’t know what to suggest for their poor bottoms – my only thought was Sween Cream (which my dad had for his colostomy incision) but reading the description doesn’t make me think it will do what you need (but it is great for scrapes and stuff). Though reading the Amazon description maybe I am wrong – do a search for it on google and take a look at the different descriptions. I fell and scraped my chin and my dad gave it to me to use (yes it grossed me out knowing what it was for but it really is used for other things) and it got better right away. I am so behind, so I am sure you already have tried all the old school methods to get things firmed up (pumpkin and stuff like that). I wish I could give you more suggestions. I hope they get better soon – we are all sending lots of purrs and prayers over for them, and crossing all our fingers and paws! They are all just so darn cute – I am sure once it clears up they will perk up again and be ok – and I am sure you are just taking wonderful care of them!

  6. Um…have you tried putting rescue remedy cream on their little butts? Poor babies. To help with the parasites you could also add Diotomaceous Earth to their food. It dries bugs up and cuts up their microscopic bodies, betonite clay works in a similar way. so there you nasties! To soothe – Manuka Honey? It’s a tad expensive but it’s very soothing and forms a protective little barrier…calendula cream? that’s very soothing for open sores and while their little bums aren’t open sores, they are red and inflamed. to bulk up poohs – psyllium husks, and give them acidophilus powder to help rebalance their digestive tracts. Good luck. A thousand, thousand positive wishes coming at you!