Kittens, unlike adult cats, have a under developed immune system. This puts them at risk for developing different kinds of medical illnesses.
Sick Kitten Symptoms:
Kittens can develop any kind of medical illnesses and common symptoms may manifest which will vary depending on the type of illness.
- Parasite infestation – severe scratching, diarrhea and weight loss.
- Upper respiratory infections – congestion, decreased appetite.
- Lower respiratory infections – hacking cough, raspy sound and wheezing.
- Urinary tract infections – straining to eliminate, frequent visits to the litter box, blood in the urine.
- Fading Kitten Syndrome – lethargic, lack of appetite.
- Eye infections – yellow or greenish discharge near the kitten’s eyes.
- Emergency situations – difficulty breathing, confusion or head tilting, persistent vomiting and diarrhea.
Sick Kitten Care:
- Be patient and give extra gentle and loving care.
- Keep them well rested, comfortable and wrapped in a warm blanket.
- Give sick kittens small frequent meals to give them enough nourishment for healing.
- Keep in a quiet, low traffic area of the home.
- Keep indoors and isolate the kitten so as not to infect others.
- Help the kitten with grooming.
Sick Kitten Home Remedies:
Various home remedies have been known to help cure kittens suffering from mild to moderate illnesses.
- Keep hydrated – for kittens with diarrhea.
- Offer food easy on the stomach – allow the kitten’s stomach to rest and gradually reintroduce food.
- Check for any object lodged inside the mouth causing cough.
- Check if the collar is too tight causing difficulty in breathing.
- Clean the kitten’s ears regularly – especially when infested with ear mites.
- Keep the kitten indoors or check for ticks after heading outdoors.
- Rid the kitten and home of fleas.
- Relieve symptoms as they manifest.
- See the veterinarian – when the kitten’s condition worsens or does not respond to home treatment.