Sick Kitten Symptoms And Home Remedies: How To Take Care Of Sick Cats

February 21, 2011 | Healthy Cat | Leave a Comment |

Kittens, unlike adult cats, have a under developed immune system. This puts them at risk for developing different kinds of medical illnesses.

Sick Kitten Symptoms:

Kittens can develop any kind of medical illnesses and common symptoms may manifest which will vary depending on the type of illness.

  • Parasite infestation – severe scratching, diarrhea and weight loss.
  • Upper respiratory infections – congestion, decreased appetite.
  • Lower respiratory infections – hacking cough, raspy sound and wheezing.
  • Urinary tract infections – straining to eliminate, frequent visits to the litter box, blood in the urine.
  • Fading Kitten Syndrome – lethargic, lack of appetite.
  • Eye infections – yellow or greenish discharge near the kitten’s eyes.
  • Emergency situations – difficulty breathing, confusion or head tilting, persistent vomiting and diarrhea.

Sick Kitten Care:

  • Be patient and give extra gentle and loving care.
  • Keep them well rested, comfortable and wrapped in a warm blanket.
  • Give sick kittens small frequent meals to give them enough nourishment for healing.
  • Keep in a quiet, low traffic area of the home.
  • Keep indoors and isolate the kitten so as not to infect others.
  • Help the kitten with grooming.

Sick Kitten Home Remedies:

Various home remedies have been known to help cure kittens suffering from mild to moderate illnesses.

  • Keep hydrated – for kittens with diarrhea.
  • Offer food easy on the stomach – allow the kitten’s stomach to rest and gradually reintroduce food.
  • Check for any object lodged inside the mouth causing cough.
  • Check if the collar is too tight causing difficulty in breathing.
  • Clean the kitten’s ears regularly – especially when infested with ear mites.
  • Keep the kitten indoors or check for ticks after heading outdoors.
  • Rid the kitten and home of fleas.
  • Relieve symptoms as they manifest.
  • See the veterinarian – when the kitten’s condition worsens or does not respond to home treatment.

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