You may have noticed a lack of kitten photos for the past week or so, if you’ve been looking for your cute fix I (N.) apologize. About 1o days ago the kittens started getting sick and I had to take them to the vet, since then we’ve been back two more times. Naively we thought that since we got the kittens at a day old and the momma cat was nursing that the kittens would be very low maintenance. I anticipated having to clean bedding, the litter boxes, and the closet that they live in. But I never thought they would get sick especially considering the fact we purchased them their own heater and kept their room in the 80s. But sick they got with some sort of upper respiratory infection which caused a build up of fluid in their poor little eyes.
Two of them were severely affected and two of them got sick either from contact with their siblings or the fact that I had one tube of eye cream for all of them. Despite cleaning it off after each use I think it carried the infection from one kitten to the next. Switching to eye drops made a big difference; there was no cross contamination and more of the medicine got into the infected eyes. The downside is that I’m giving eye drops to four kittens four times a day, pain meds once a day, and an oral antibiotic two times a day. It’s a good thing I work from and didn’t have any business travel planned or we wouldn’t be able to care for them. Hopefully they get better in the next seven days because next week I will have to travel and J. won’t be able to administer all this medication.
All told I’ve spent 1 1/2 days of work ferrying the kittens to various veterinarians (vets) and getting them checked out and medicated. The medical care is free because I’m fostering but the shelter vets are over worked and certainly underpaid. Usually I had to see a vet technician and convince them to take the kittens to the actual vet. Every time they told me it was a “little” cold which I would have accepted except that two of the kittens had eyes so swollen they couldn’t open them! I’m still glad that we decided to foster kittens but it is a lot of work. So while I encourage people to help homeless pets out, if you decide to foster know it’s going to take time and money to really care for them and you never know what’s going to happen. If you can’t make the time commitment to foster you can still volunteer to work at a shelter walking dogs or playing with cats. If you can’t do that consider a monetary donation. It doesn’t have to be a lot, every little bit helps!
Do you have any pets? Are they shelter rescues?