Monday, October 3, 2011
So much happening that it is hard to take in
On Sept 15 Flynn, Fenway, Foster, Fiji, Fortune and Firefly arrived. They were about 4 weeks old. Then on Sept 21 Gumdrop, Garvey and Gibson arrived. With 9 babies to look after I was a busy mom. Last Sunday the trouble began. Fiji crashed and died in the evening. Okay, bad stuff happens but it was only the beginning of a disaster. On Monday morning the kittens were all not doing well. So I gave fluids to all, started antibiotics and gave a bath and dry job to Garvey. They had diarrhea and were vomitting so keeping their cage clean was a big job. When I came home from work at lunch time Flynn was in trouble. I had been keeping a close eye on Garvey too and since I was holding him when Flynn crashed I took him with me to the vet too. I left both babies there. Flynn died in the afternoon. I brought Garvey home with an i.v. catheter in his leg. I was to give fluids at 7,8,9,10,11, metronidazole at 10 and ampicillin at 11. Keep in mind I have never dealt with an i.v. before so a new experience in a scary time. I kept him in his warm bed in the cage on the couch beside me so I could keep a close eye on him. Whatever he needed was his, my world revolved around him. The 7 pm fluids went well. He was upright and sat quietly while I helped him over the 3 minutes. Then I was doing the 8 pm fluids. Garvey went limp in my arms.............he had died. I was in shock as I didn't expect it at that moment. On Tues at lunch I noticed Fenway was 10% off. Usually not a worry but because of all that had been going on I took him to the vet during lunch hour (eating lunch is highly overrated). As Rekha and I were discussing the blood test results from the last 2 kittens I looked down and said Fenway was crashing in my arms. What better place to crash than at the vet's with a vet right beside you. They worked on him all afternoon but he slipped away in the late afternoon. On Wed Fortune seemed a little too quiet for my liking. I called Rekha and she said to bring her in. When I got there I admitted I might be oversensitive and overreacting but with all that had happened during the week I was taking no chances. Rekha said no, she was not acting like a normal kitten. She was started on metronidazole and came home after work. The conclusion to this story to follow.