I have a 2 1/2 week old kitten I've been bottle-raising since the day she was born. Someone found her on their porch, most likely left by a feral cat, and when I got her she was still wet and had the umbilical cord attached.
Anyway, she's done really well and seems to have an incredibly huge will to survive. I syringe-feed her kitten milk replacer, mixed with a little goat milk.
I know about the potty thing (wiping her to help her to go) but several days ago, I noticed she was doing fine on her own - unloading on me pretty good a few times.
She got her eyes open a few days ago.
Anyway, she seems to be having a hard time pooping now. I've noticed very little in her box and very little has come off on the towel I keep between her and me.
It also looks like what she has been passing has been a little bit of liquid, mixed with a little blood.
After her last meal, her tummy got very hard and she was very fussy. I spent quite a bit of time stroking her and giving her tummy some gentle rubbing, which softened it up, and made her happy enough to purr, but still no poop.
Even though she's been pooping on her own, I went ahead and did the potty wipe thing but all I got was some pee.
I've got a couple of calls into vets but it looks like my regular vet is pretty much only available for after hour horse emergencies and the other two vets I've called haven't returned my call. It appears that the closest emergency vet is almost 100 miles away.
There is a vet not far from me who I have heard wonderful things about and they are open tomorrow but not available tonight.
I don't think this is a critical situation - at least, I hope it isn't - she seems to be sleeping peacefully at the moment - but I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for me for the time being so that I might get her a little relief.
I am planning on taking her to the vet in the morning.
I looked up information on-line and my initial search doesn't turn up much for a kitten this young. One site suggested a little mineral oil; I don't have mineral oil on hand but I do have canola and olive oil.
Again, with her being so tiny (about six ounces), I want to be very, very careful.
This baby is a manx. She has no tail whatsoever. I've had manx before that had at least a stub of some kind; this baby doesn't even have that. She has nothing, not even a little bump.
Anyway, I will call the vet again in the morning. Even if she seems to be somewhat better, I need to know what to do for her when she needs something to get her cleaned out, especially if it turns out to be some chronic thing.
I just hope I didn't prolong her suffering by thinking that a little kitten laxative and maybe an enema was all she needed.
Don't worry--you did the right thing. I know it's hard, but you actually rescued her from a lifetime of suffering. The problems Manx can have are often terminal, and reputable Manx breeders will never breed two completely tailless cats together for that very reason.
Aww....I'm so very sorry..I went through something similar.
Adopted a manx kitten from someone on CL or Freecycle.....drove 30 some odd miles to get her...she was absolutely adorable. We had her for about 1 1/2 to 2 months before her issues starting manifesting. She was very incontinent...( one of the issues they get ) she would come up and sit on your lap for cuddles and not be able to control her bladder....After researching the issue I had her put down as you did yours. It is such a sad thing....all because someone irresponsibly let their pets breed.
You always love the ones that you work the hardest on the most. Of course you get very attached to them. I'm so sorry you had to put her down, but you did what was best for her all along as far as I can see - you tried to save her, then, when you couldn't, you let her go. It's always hard.