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 am so, so sorry for your loss--a loss for all of us who have been following Maggie's story online. Thank you so much for sharing everything, including this post about her last days. I can't imagine how sad you feel (I have five of my own rescue kitty kids and know how devastated I would be) but you did such a noble thing with her in giving her a loving family and the care she'd probably never known. It doesn't ease the pain, I'm sure, but just knowing there are people out there like you who are willing to put so much into a sweet little being makes me have faith in humankind. Thank you.
You're in my thoughts. RIP sweet Maggie.
I'm sorry for your loss.
I believe she was put in your path for a reason, and that she did know you needed her as much as she needed you.
It's my experience that rescues, especially the ones who weren't supposed to survive, are grateful for the second chance they were given.
Very sorry to hear about you losing the beautiful Maggie.
Please share your love with another animal. There are too few people that appreciate how special these little angels are and Maggie was fortunate that you crossed her path.
First off, I'm really sorry about Maggie. I am so heartsore reading this and writing this. I think all of us who have been following your story share in your loss - she was the most adorable TA kitten ever! She was one of those strange things that suddenly waltz into your life, and in your case, just as suddenly left, leaving us with the distinct impression that gawshdarn we had something special there!
In the next few days and weeks, I'd encourage you to keep talking and sharing about Maggie - all the stories; the good, bad, sad, funny, gross:) Don't be afraid to rag on her a bit:P Treat her memory as you would treat her, no differently. That way, her memory does not become a source of pain and sadness only, but also a place where you can retrieve all those wonderful, lovely, silly points that made her such a wonderful presence in your life. And we wouldn't mind photos! :D
Becky, she had a more wonderful life with you that I think she would ever have hoped for. You did something amazing for that lopsided, confused ball of fur. You must grieve, and we'll all be here for you in that. Let's also keep her memory alive, so that it does not become buried in a little box of sadness that you carry around with you.
All the love in the world to you today
Just happened upon this discussion, and couldn't help but get caught up in the story. My heart goes out to you, and it sounds like Maggie had a wonderful life with you right up to the end. I too can't help but take in small, helpless critters. My first cat had 25 cigarette burns all over her body when I first brought her home. My second would hide in a closet, curl up as small as possible, and refuse to come out - even to eat or drink. They're both happy and healthy now, but it took a lot of time of love to get them there, and I know I'd be right where you are if I lost either of them so suddenly. Take care of yourself and lean on the other loves in your life.
Awww. So sorry to hear that. *hugs*
When I first started following you and Maggie's journey together, I would log on every day to see how she was doing and every day I prepped myself for reading these words, but I knew I would not be. I feel your loss very closely since I have lost many over the years and have one right now, my sweet Kahlua, that is heading very quickly down the same path. I spend as much time as I can with him and give him all the treats and attention that he can stand. I have a tear running down my face from reading that she has passed and my sincerest condolences go out to you. As Maske posted earlier, try not to dwell on the bad, keep the good times you had with her close and she will always be there to bring a smile to your face.
Thank you all for your kind words and for caring so much for Maggie. I am so lost without this sweet girl. Since I don't have any children, I feel like my cats are my children. And since I had to do everything for her, I had the closest bond with Mag. I don't know what losing a child is like, but if it hurts worse than this, I wouldn't make it through it. I'm so devistated without her.