So I just got Malto two days ago. The originals owners had given him to my neighbours to babysit for about a week and a half and its been over a month now. Their child is allergic so they put the kitty outside, I offered to take him. The original owners might come back and they might not.
Thanks for stepping up to look after this kitty....but it may end up being yours.
The food they gave me to give the kitten was Friskies Special Diet for adult cats and a cup of milk. I was a little shocked, but english is their second language so maybe they didn't read the can well enough. I replaced the cans with the same brand but for kittens too and am now giving him water. I think he might have been having diarrhea because is anus is swollen and a little red..it's not lying flat down like a regular cats. It's poking out, like his nose would. Is there anything I can rub on the area? I took the kitten with the idea of just feeding and sheltering until the owners come back. I don't have the money for a vet at the moment. Is there a clinic who will check him out? will the SPCA have a look at him? How can I find out where to take him? Yes...I did google it and all the other questions I am asking. Nothing that helps much.
The kitten should be seen by a vet, either through the SPCA or a Rescue organization, if you cannot afford to pay for a vet yourself. It sounds it might possibly be beginning of "rectal prolapse". I would feed him food that keeps his stool soft, as you don't want him straining to poop. Have you observed that he strains to poop?
His stomach is a little big, but babies have big stomachs and I am wondering if its ok. He carries on normal and doesn't cry when he poops.
Kittens shouldn't have "big stomachs". That's usually an indication of roundworms. Intestinal parasites can be associated with a protruding anus.
I fed him chicken breast the next morning after reading the warning of not feeding it to kittens on the can. His poop was hard and dark brown. Now that I am giving him the replaced ca/kitten food his stool is soft and light brown. Should I go back to giving him chicken breast?
I would use the food that give him a soft stool. And yes, water is correct, no milk.
As for the litter they gave me it was clumping litter and I google it and found out it was bad for kittens. It also clumps to his litter hind leg when he accidentally steps in the mess. Can I just get some dirt, I figure sand might irritate? I mean isn't that what they use in the wild?
The reason for saying clumping litter is "bad for kittens" is that some kitties eat it and it becomes compacted in the colon and then it's difficult for then to poop it out (also could be a reason for his protruding anus). Use a non-clumping litter to be safe.
He needs a bath, he keeps stepping in his soil. How do I hold him?
Just wash his feet in a sink with a little very warm water, and use an old washcloth or towel with some soap, and make sure the feet are well rinsed afterwards and towel dried. Control him by holding him by the scruff of his neck.
This post is long enough now. Sorry, I just have a lot to ask. Could I maybe call a vet and talk over the phone? Will they help? or the SPCA?
-sorry for typos