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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-27-2005, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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kittens sick

I just adopted 2 kittens 2 weeks ago. They are both now 10 weeks old(from different litters). They are both adorable and are not stop action but I have been fighting this upper respiratory infection. I have taken them to the vet and got what is usually prescribed, amoxicillin.
Well I have followed the instructions to a "T" and it hasn't made an ounce of difference, could this be that the vet is wrong on their diagnosis, or could it be something more aggresive?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-27-2005, 08:53 PM
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How long have they had the URI? It usually lasts about 2 weeks. The antibiotic isn't going to do anything to cure the URI it's just used as a precaution against secondary infections. Are the kittens still eating well? One thing that seemed to help my guy was to steam up the bathroom and sit in there with him for 15 or 20 min. 2 or 3 x a day just to help clear up his chest. Also keeping him good and warm ( probably not an issue this time of year!).

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-27-2005, 10:58 PM
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What nanook said.

It's possible the diagnosis is wrong. Still, if it's something more serious I think it would be evident by now. And I'd discount allergies in both cats. Could be this is a herpes URI. L-Lysine can help surpress the herpes virus. If this doesn't show signs of clearing up in a couple more days that's what I'd try next. Purchase at health food store. Get the powdered kind in capsules. Open capsule and pour on food. 250 mg twice a day until symptoms clear up. (I already cut the dose by half for kittens). If diahrrea develops, then discontinue. This doesn't cure herpes, just surpresses it. Of course, if the symptoms get worse or the kittens show signs of being really sick, get them to a vet (maybe a different vet, if you can). I'm not a vet myself and can't diagnose or prescribe, just suggesting what I'd do in the same situation.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-28-2005, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
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They are still eating like horses and are still very active.
Both of them have a bit of a running eye, not wet. More of just irrated, it is red.
So all I can do is just keep up with the anitbiotics and let it pass, I take them to a highly recommended vet so I would think they know what they are doing. They were able to look at them and take their tempt and knew right away.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-28-2005, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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ok so now one of the kittens has a swollen eye, I mean the lining around it is inflamed and red. the other is coming back around(only sneezing every now and again, other than that perfect).
Just getting worried about my siamese this eye looks really bad, called the vet and was told it will go down but they seemed like they were blowing me off, so may need to find another vet.
I finished the first round of antibiotics so now they gave me, clavamax.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-30-2005, 07:02 AM
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Sounds like an eye infection which can happen with this. You may need an antibiotic eye salve or drops. I'd bring him back into the/a vet.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-30-2005, 08:10 AM
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My Brandy had the swollen eye tissue when she was a kitten a few times. It looks like she got pred-sq(predisone?) shots, neo poly dex eye ointment, baytril, clavamox, and amoxidrops, on various occations. I don't remember what worked best as of now, but if it comes to mind I'll post.

She's recovered fine nowadays, as she was younger then 1yr when it stopped, now she's 5. I suspected the insulation in unfnished basement she was getting into, but still don't know for sure. I'm glad you posted because maybe it was just a virus after all. Her paranoid behavior made her hid in the unfinished basement whenever a visitor showed.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-30-2005, 09:58 AM
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Take the eye problem very seriously. Don't let the vet blow it off. My boyfriend adopted 2 kittens from a shelter and the same thing happened. They both developed a swollen eye and it continued to get progressively worse. They now have some permanent scarring because it wasn't dealt with correctly (two vets just kept giving us an ointment that was not helping!). There is unfortuantely a cloudiness in their eye that never went away.
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