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Newborn Kitten Failure to Thrive
Posted By tdomf_d6e07 On May 28, 2012 @ 1:17 AM In Ask the Vet | 1 Comment
I have a newborn kittens approx. 12 days old who has had a rough start-she was banged around a bit by an inexperienced and young mother who had the kittens (6) and walked away from them. I quickly scooped them up and gave them to another nursing mom who took them in (bless her heart) and the other 5 are growing nice and doing great but Tiny just never seemed to be able to gain ground. I think she was being pushed out by the other cats and not getting milk so I started supplementing her with KMR. I thought she might have aspirated some food because her breathing is terrible so I took her to the vet at 7 days – they just gave me Clavamox and sent me home. She was 3 oz. at that time and now, 5 days later, is still only 3.5 oz. She looks like a newborn kitten. I have tried everything-she’s not doing good. If she survives, is she going to be developmentally ok or would it be kinder to put her down now. I don’t want to give up on the little thing but I don’t want her to suffer either. Any suggestions?
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