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My poorly baby Winnie! Please help.

JessG7

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Hi everyone!

I have a new lovely 8 month old kitten named Winter (Winnie) and unfortunately my first post about her on here is asking for help as she is a little poorly :(

I got her just under two weeks ago on the 9th December. My boyfriend went to collect her but she had a very long car journey home, 4 hours, which I can only imagine was a little stressful for her!

Her breeder had mentioned to me over the phone that she had only recently been neutered as she had the sniffles as a kitten and she wanted to make sure she was strong enough for the anesthetic, but this is all she said about it.

When Winnie came home I was expecting a healthy kitten but her breathing through her nose was very loud and snotty and she kept sneezing thick green snot / bogies out. Her eyes were also watering quite a lot. I registered her at the vet over the weekend and took her in on Monday. The vet said her temperature was fine and he prescribed a 10 day course of Nisamox to treat an Upper Respiratory Infection, he said it may be due to the stress of the move. I asked him whether she would be prone to this as the breeder mentioned that she had been given antibiotics twice for this before (this was only mentioned after I had brought her home) and he said that considering this is the third time, there may be an underlying condition that makes her more susceptible such as when stressed etc. He said the breeder should have mentioned this to me, as she may be quite costly ... but I would never dream of giving her back! When I asked the vet after this she told me that Winnie has always had the sniffles on and off - but never green snot? However, I am not sure how she would just started producing this much snot suddenly after 4 hours of her leaving home ..

Winnie is still full of energy, loves cuddles / playing and doesn't seem lethargic at all. She is on a raw diet, Natural Instinct chicken with bone, she drinks frequently.

Later on that night, Winnie used the litter tray and her bum was a bit dirty afterward so I wiped with a baby wipe and there was a tiny tiny bit of blood. I thought that maybe this was because the poor little thing had a thermometer shoved up her bum, so I didn't think much of it!

Up until this point I hadn't noticed anything in particular about her poo other than it did seem a little slimy / mucousy which I mentioned to the vet and he said it could be as she is poorly. But also as I had only had her a few days I did not know what her poo was normally like.

Winnie then didn't use her tray until two days later, on Wednesday and when she did I checked her poo and there was a little bit of blood on it again, towards the end. I immediately called the vet who said to take her in to be checked, later on that day we were back at the vets and she had her tummy felt and temperature checked again which was fine. The vet said he thought it may be a touch of Colitis, which again could be due to the stress of the move and also because she is run down with the URI. He gave me a probiotic paste to put in her food for 5 days and also gave me some pouches on Royal Canin Sensitive Tummy Control wet food to let her tummy settle.

During this time, Winnie's poo has seemed fine, she has a huge appetite, drinks a lot of water, plays etc. On Monday Winnie started back on her Natural Instinct raw food. She has done a poo this morning and again I noticed there was a little bit of blood on it at the end, to someone who wasn't being paranoid about her thy wouldn't have even noticed but I used the flash on my phone to inspect it and only then did I notice!

Now when I got her, the breeder sent some Orijen Cat and Kitten biscuits which she said she always leaves out for her but she has never seen her touch them. Since Winnie has been with me however, after about two days of having her, she has been eating these biscuits, but because they are quite flat she doesn't tend to chew them properly and I only hear a crunch every now and then as though she is swallowing them whole. Could this possibly be upsetting her tummy?

Also, she has 1 and a half days left on her antibiotics and she is still sneezing out green snot and having watery brown liquid from her eyes, should her symptoms be gone by now?

I am not sure what to do, should I take away the biscuits and see how this affects her poo?

Could it be the raw diet?

I don't want to gross anybody out, but I have pictures of her poo if this helps at all! However, I won't post unless anyone asks as I don't want to shock anyone haha

Thank you

Jess
 

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Hi everyone!

I have a new lovely 8 month old kitten named Winter (Winnie) and unfortunately my first post about her on here is asking for help as she is a little poorly :(

I got her just under two weeks ago on the 9th December. My boyfriend went to collect her but she had a very long car journey home, 4 hours, which I can only imagine was a little stressful for her!

Her breeder had mentioned to me over the phone that she had only recently been neutered as she had the sniffles as a kitten and she wanted to make sure she was strong enough for the anesthetic, but this is all she said about it.

When Winnie came home I was expecting a healthy kitten but her breathing through her nose was very loud and snotty and she kept sneezing thick green snot / bogies out. Her eyes were also watering quite a lot. I registered her at the vet over the weekend and took her in on Monday. The vet said her temperature was fine and he prescribed a 10 day course of Nisamox to treat an Upper Respiratory Infection, he said it may be due to the stress of the move. I asked him whether she would be prone to this as the breeder mentioned that she had been given antibiotics twice for this before (this was only mentioned after I had brought her home) and he said that considering this is the third time, there may be an underlying condition that makes her more susceptible such as when stressed etc. He said the breeder should have mentioned this to me, as she may be quite costly ... but I would never dream of giving her back! When I asked the vet after this she told me that Winnie has always had the sniffles on and off - but never green snot? However, I am not sure how she would just started producing this much snot suddenly after 4 hours of her leaving home ..

Winnie is still full of energy, loves cuddles / playing and doesn't seem lethargic at all. She is on a raw diet, Natural Instinct chicken with bone, she drinks frequently.

Later on that night, Winnie used the litter tray and her bum was a bit dirty afterward so I wiped with a baby wipe and there was a tiny tiny bit of blood. I thought that maybe this was because the poor little thing had a thermometer shoved up her bum, so I didn't think much of it!

Up until this point I hadn't noticed anything in particular about her poo other than it did seem a little slimy / mucousy which I mentioned to the vet and he said it could be as she is poorly. But also as I had only had her a few days I did not know what her poo was normally like.

Winnie then didn't use her tray until two days later, on Wednesday and when she did I checked her poo and there was a little bit of blood on it again, towards the end. I immediately called the vet who said to take her in to be checked, later on that day we were back at the vets and she had her tummy felt and temperature checked again which was fine. The vet said he thought it may be a touch of Colitis, which again could be due to the stress of the move and also because she is run down with the URI. He gave me a probiotic paste to put in her food for 5 days and also gave me some pouches on Royal Canin Sensitive Tummy Control wet food to let her tummy settle.

During this time, Winnie's poo has seemed fine, she has a huge appetite, drinks a lot of water, plays etc. On Monday Winnie started back on her Natural Instinct raw food. She has done a poo this morning and again I noticed there was a little bit of blood on it at the end, to someone who wasn't being paranoid about her thy wouldn't have even noticed but I used the flash on my phone to inspect it and only then did I notice!

Now when I got her, the breeder sent some Orijen Cat and Kitten biscuits which she said she always leaves out for her but she has never seen her touch them. Since Winnie has been with me however, after about two days of having her, she has been eating these biscuits, but because they are quite flat she doesn't tend to chew them properly and I only hear a crunch every now and then as though she is swallowing them whole. Could this possibly be upsetting her tummy?

Also, she has 1 and a half days left on her antibiotics and she is still sneezing out green snot and having watery brown liquid from her eyes, should her symptoms be gone by now?

I am not sure what to do, should I take away the biscuits and see how this affects her poo?

Could it be the raw diet?

I don't want to gross anybody out, but I have pictures of her poo if this helps at all! However, I won't post unless anyone asks as I don't want to shock anyone haha

Thank you

Jess
Hello and welcome! Sorry to her of this issue. First, its not normal for green snot to be present, thats usually an indication of infection. If those antibiotics don't work well, many have had better luck with Orbax and many use Doxycline. See this post also, L-Lysine for Sphynx Cats. She may have Feline herpes or just a bad URI. Food change can cause a bloody stool, I would not give biscuits, use the food that didn't produce the bloody stool and stick with just one diet until the illness is under control, no switching and nothing extra - too much switching of foods and then the meds can cause all kinds of different effects with the tummy and poo. Please keep us posted. :)
 

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Okay so I have an update.

As I was concerned, I e-mailed the breeder to ask about Winnie's history of sniffles! She said she was sniffly at about 7 weeks of age, she had a course of Ronaxon and a course of Marbocyl which settled it down. Her vet thought that her mother had shed Chlamydia, although her mother wasn't ill at all?

I asked which medication worked better and she said Marbocyl.

I called my vet and asked for a course of Marbocyl and told them about the Chlamydia situation, I am now going to collect a three week course of this for her.

Is Chlamydia something that Winnie will have for life? Is she always going to be sniffly and poorly ?

The thing I don't really understand is that although Winnie is poorly and sniffly with watery eyes, her eyes don't seem to be the biggest problem where in all my googling about feline chlamydia it seems as though this is the main symptom.

Her eyes do tend to water rather than gather 'eye gunk' and so when I wipe them where it has dribbled out it is fairly stringy and brown and watery also, but they do not seem to be swollen or anything like that?

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Winnie is a beauty!
I don't know much about chlamydia. I only know that chlamydia can't be cured only treated. When there is stress or another thing that effects the immune system there can be an chlamydia outbreak.
Hope the new meds will help Winnie and make her feel better.

Sending healing vibes!

Natasja
 

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Hello,

Sorry that you are going through all of this. The spyhnx breed can be a sensitive to upper respiratory issues, especially when under stress. My Brienne had very similar issues when I got her from the cattery (minus the bloody stool issue). After a while she did clear up and is doing totally fine. The vet did say that she may be apt to flare up again if under a lot of stress but that has yet to happen. It can take a while to find the right antibiotics that work with this breed. Llysine is a good thing to add as well.
 

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@JessG7 , Head smooches to adorable Winnie
I am sure members will chime in with support and advice on chlamydia
A member posted awhile bsck that her vet prescribing doxycline antibiotic and Terramycin for her kitty

Please keep us updated often
 
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Chlamydia often manifests in their eyes first. Catching it at the onset is key. Often an ointment like Erythromycin is enough to treat for 10-12 days. If it progresses to a full respiratory issue with sneezing and boogers your vet can add Doxycycline to knock it out.
 
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