Problems With My Little Kitten

by Michael

I have a male kitten which turned up on my doorstep 6 weeks ago, I think he was approx 5 weeks ole when he arrived, and I have a feeling his Mother had deserted him.

I have cared for him and he now is becoming a lovely kitten, but yesterday he started acting funny, and dropped to sleep in the sun, and was roasting hot when I found him, he didn't want to eat, or drink, I managed to get a little water down him with difficulty.

I kept him with me all night and he was treading and pushing on whilst purring all night, obviously missing his mother because this is what they normally do when suckling I think.
Anyhow this morning I have managed to get him to eat and drink a little, but all he wants to do is sleep, he seems to be wobbling a little when he walks, he is still purring all the time, is there anything I can do?

I have a feeling that he may have eaten some ants that were on our terrace which we had put powder down to get rid of them, that's the only thing I can think of.

Many thanks.

Reply from Liz (Editor): This behavior does sound odd. There are a couple of reasons I can think of why it may have happened.

As you suggested, he may have eaten something that is poisonous to him. If this is the case he needs to see a vet as soon as possible - he's so little that a very small amount of a poisonous substance could have a very bad effect on him.

It may also be that he lay in the sun too long and has effectively got heatstroke, in which case he should be kept cool and needs to drink plenty of water. if he won't drink, he may need to be given fluids by a vet.

Because of his age, both of these problems could be very serious if they're not treated quickly, so I'd recommend taking him to a vet as soon as you're able. It may be that the reason for his behavior is different to my suggestions above, but whatever the problem it does sound worrying and a trip to the vet would the best course of action.

Best of luck - he sounds lovely and I really hope he's OK.

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