NOT FOR U IF YOU GET SQUEEMISH!
Ok I need some advice....
Yesterday I found a kitten. I stopped my car thinking she was dead, gonna move her out of the road. She kicked her legs and popped her head up. She hadn't been hit! But I knew there was something severely wrong with her. I picked her up and brought her home with me. First, she had a collar that was way too tight so I removed it, it had been clawed at and frayed to peices anyway. I noticed a hole in her neck, looked closely and realized there were maggots in it. I shaved it and removed the maggots and there was also a HUGE one in there (think it was a "warble") and my husband and I removed it as well. We rinsed the hole with peroxide and have been keeping a check every 2 hrs for anymore maggots to surface - there have been none. I've also put neosporin on it twice. I gave her a flea bath and then later last night, I noticed another 2 holes. One in her leg and one in the fold between her leg and abdomen area. I had to manually remove maggots from them as well, rinsed with peroxide, then put neosporin. Those two holes are closed today. The one is her neck was pretty big, but it is healing quite well evenhough it isn't closed yet. I've tried looking her over for more holes, but haven't found any. She doesn't want me to lift her tail though. She growls and twitches when I do it. It stays very wet around her vaginal/anal area. There were 2 maggots under her tail I can't find any wounds. I did pour peroxide and it bubbles like crazy all over under there.
She maybe weighs a pound soaking wet. She has no muscles and her head is fixed in a sideways position, probably due to the warble/maggots. Her balance is off and she is very weak. She has fallen in her food bowl trying to eat. She looks terrible. I have no doubt in my mind that when she laid down before I found her, she would've never gotten back up.
Since she hasn't wanted to drink anything at all, I got a kitten bottle and some kitten formula and have been bottle feeding her. This should keep her hydrated along with giving her some much needed nutrients.
I know all of this sounds really REALLY bad, but I don't want to give up on her. If there is a vet or a vet tech that can give me some advice, I would more than appreciate it. I've recently spent a ton of money on vet bills with another cat. I absolutely cannot afford anymore vet bills. My local shelter will just put her down. I don't have the heart to do that.
She has been eating like crazy today. Yesterday she wouldn't do it. She has also walked around (just a little bitty bit). And, she PURRRED today! I was holding her and bottle feeding her and she kept purring in between swallows. It made me feel great. At least if she dies, she won't die alone. She knows she has someone there that cares and wants to help her make it :) Though it makes me cry to think about her not making it. I'm already attached. Sounds kinda pathetic, but I am such a weenie. I fall in love with animals, and it would break my heart if she didn't pull through.
What I need help with:
1) will the holes heal or close if there are maggots in there? I can't imagine the holes closing on top of them, so hopefully they are gone. I am almost certain that I got them all out, but I can't ever know for sure. I don't want to re-open the holes to check. And if there are some still in there, what harm could they do? They are supposed to vacate the body when they are finished feeding. Some websites say it takes up to 72 hrs.
2) Her paws and ears are cold. I am keeping her wrapped up with "HotHands". Not directly on her skin, of course, but i have them placed around her blanket. Does this mean her temp is below normal or is this a big issue for her to be so cold? She does shiver, but she may be nervous. I have 3 cats. They aren't bothering her but I can tell she is uneasy around them. This may be why she shivers. Or because she doesn't know me very well.
3) Is there anything else that I can be doing for her (that I can afford)? Please don't ridicule me about not being able to take her to a vet. I'm still on my payment plan from my cat with asthma.
4) I have an antibiotic (amoxicillan) that the vet perscribed me for one of my cats when he had a sinus infection. It is not expired. Will this help her fight off any infection? The dropper for my full grown cat was 1.0 so what dosage, if any, should I give the warble kitty? Keep in mind she is weak, small, and young.
If you all can help me, I will forever be in debt to u! I really want to save this kitty.
I'm glad she's doing great, and that she's found a servant friend!
Some cats don't jump. I have one that, if I allowed, would actually climb the side of the couch instead of jump up. She also doesn' t meow, except in matters of importance (almost always involving a lack of food in her dish).
I don't know if you realize, but when you cook bird bones, they become brittle. If a cat (or dog) eats them, there's the chance the bones will break and cause severe damage inside the animal.
Wow. I had no idea! Snookie tears them up! I actually thought they were good for her. I've heard that the ?marrow? in them helps dogs to build healthy bones themselves. I gues it goes along with other things that I've heard. When we rescued Snookie, literally everyone around me told me to put burnt motor oil on her to cure her mange. I couldn't believe that so many people suggested that. People are severely undereducated about care for their animals. I am no exception, obviously. Thanks for the tip.
Marrow is good for dogs. It's the splinters from cooked poultry bones that aren't healthy. However, cooked pig and cow bones are completely safe last time i checked.
Thank you for the udate of sweet Maggie. She can hear and she knows love and comfort.
She is definitely loved. We (my husband and I) were cursed with big hearts. It would kill me if anything ever happened to that little squirt :) She is precious! And I can't believe a big pit bull has taken to her so lovingly. She must have a big heart too. It seems as though Snookie can tell that something is *different* about Maggie. She doesn't play with my other cats like she does with Maggie and she seems to look after her. Maggie bites and smacks at Snookie all of the time and it doesn't even phase her. She loves her anyway lol.
More humans need to be like Snookie and Maggie.
Why do my pics look squished? Do they have to be re-sized when uploaded?
I love that you keep posting these pics. It brings a smile to my face every time.
Is Maggie doing pretty well now? She looks great! Thank you for saving her.
Yes, she's doing great. She had a tape worm. She pooped out one of the biggest ones the vet had ever seen. They're actually keeping it to show it for examples of how large they can be. -gross i know- Her hair has grown over where her neck hole was so if you aren't looking for it, you wouldn't know she ever had a problem there. She is eating dry food :) The only thing I am still having a problem with is her wanting to drink. I have to add the water to her food for her to drink. She won't even attempt to if it isn't in her food. She does growl a lot, but when I talk to her and pet her she calms down. I guess she is only wondering who is touching her or picking her up cause she can't see for herself. I love her so much :) I Thank each and every one of you for everthing you've done for her.
Oh, and I have trouble with her grooming. She doesn't care to clean herself... and she will still slip in her poop and go potty wherever. Completely disregards the litter box. She's actually stepped out of it to go potty :/
Maybe it's the litter. One of mine literally stands in the box and cleans each paw on the edge. It can take forever for her to finish getting all the granules out from between her toes.