How to Save a Kitten From Dying

Newborn kittens that become orphaned may quickly begin to die if left alone, so if any signs emerge that a kitten may be in distress, act swiftly.

As soon as you bring home a kitten, the first step should be to warm them up. A heating pad or hot water bottle set on low can do just fine; just remember to leave enough breathing room so the kitten can breathe freely while wrapped up in its towel – don’t cover its head too closely otherwise breathing difficulties might occur.

Check the Kitten’s Temperature

If your kitten appears sick, the first thing to do is take its temperature. A normal cat temperature falls between 100-102.5F/98-103C; any temperatures lower than this may constitute an emergency situation requiring immediate medical intervention.

After purchasing a digital thermometer and applying petroleum jelly or another lubricant to its tip, place the thermometer into your kitten’s ear canal. Be careful to hold them very still during this process or seek assistance from friends to ensure the kitten does not move or become distressed by having someone watch over them while taking measurements. When you receive your temperature readings, record whether they fall below or above normal before scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian.

While you wait for your appointment, keep an eye on your kitty’s vital signs such as heart rate and breathing. In most cases, blood tests, X-rays and other diagnostic tools will be conducted in order to identify what caused their low body temperature; depending on this diagnosis your veterinarian may suggest fluid therapy, dextrose to support blood sugar levels as well as nutritional supplements like Karo corn syrup that contain electrolytes as treatments options.

Keep in mind that mortality among kittens under nine weeks is very high, meaning one or two kittens in every litter will perish before reaching adulthood. Though it can be heartbreaking, animal experts consider this behavior normal.

However, if you can rescue an ill kitten before they become critically ill, its chances of full recovery are very good. This is especially true if they receive prompt and appropriate care from its owners or people familiar with cat health needs. Pet insurance early on is also highly recommended to provide peace of mind and manage unexpected vet bills, should any arise.

Give the Kitten CPR

CPR (also called artificial respiration) is an invaluable lifesaving skill, providing vital time to reach a veterinarian and seek treatment. Foster or pet parents who care for kittens in distress should learn this vital lifesaving skill as it could save a kitten’s life.

Start by checking your kitten’s airway. If it is lying on its back, tilt it slightly so you can view its throat and mouth, using your fingers to gently sweep inside its mouth and dislodge any foreign objects that might be blocking its airway. If no such objects exist, move on to step 2.

Once the kitten’s airway is clear, begin giving rescue breaths by placing your hand over its nose and mouth and sealing it to blow gently on them. Although this may be difficult due to their smaller lungs than ours, just make sure the chest rises as much as possible while giving these rescue breaths for about one minute or until they start breathing on their own.

If a kitten is still not breathing, chest compressions should begin immediately. When placing it on its side, compress its chest approximately one inch with 80 to 100 compressions per minute; avoid leaning on them during this process as leaning on them may cause bleeding to reoccur.

CPR should always be performed by two people simultaneously on a kitten, with one person providing artificial respiration while the other gives chest compressions. Alternate between breaths and compressions until your kitten resumes breathing on its own. Wrapping your kitten in an old T-shirt or towel may keep it warm and comfortable during compressions and absorb any fluid leakage from their mouth, throat or lungs.

Give the Kitten Fluids

Under-skin injection of kitten fluids is one of the best ways you can help save a sick or dying feline, helping rehydrate them and ease their discomfort. While giving yourself fluid injections may seem simple, always consult a vet first before trying this yourself.

Neonatal (newborn) kittens can be particularly vulnerable to illness and may die soon after birth. With limited abilities for temperature regulation and immune systems that remain immature, neonatal kittens may be especially at risk of illness – lying separately from healthy kittens, being restless, not wanting to suckle on mother’s teat and crying being indicators that something may be amiss.

Kittens too sick to drink can be rehydrated with fluid bag and needle. It is critical that this action be taken quickly; otherwise the kitten could die of dehydration before reaching a veterinarian.

At first, hang the fluid bag 3 feet (1 meter) above your cat to easily access and administer its fluid set under its skin. Use a coat hanger, over-the-door clothes hanger or another similar device to hang the bag securely before bringing your cat over and laying him or her down on a flat surface so both of you are comfortable while administering fluids over 10-15 minutes.

Once the cap from the end of your fluid set has been removed, insert the needle under the skin of your kitten and slowly squeeze fluids from its bag into your kitten. When all of the fluid has been injected, take care to pinch or massage the injection site for one minute after pulling out the needle to reduce leakage around its edges; sometimes you will even witness small amounts of blood as soon as you withdraw the needle – this is totally normal!

Once your kitten has received all its fluids, carefully wrap it in a blanket or towel before placing it back into its incubator to return its body temperature back to normal. Make sure not to take your kitten out too often as this could cause it to overheat.

Take the Kitten to the Vet

Kittens are fragile creatures prone to many illnesses that threaten their lives and need constant care to thrive. Caring for orphaned kittens can be both rewarding and demanding responsibilities; one such challenge lies in Fading Kitten Syndrome, or failing to thrive, often fatal among newborn animals. Regular visits to your vet, adequate care, and proper diet are the keys to prevent its occurrence.

If your kitten shows any sign of distress, it is crucial that immediate steps be taken. First and foremost, check that its temperature and heartbeat are normal; secondly give fluids; finally take your kitten immediately to a vet for care.

Before taking your kitten to a veterinarian, make sure it has become acquainted with its carrier. Do this as early as possible: leave the carrier open in your home and fill it with bedding that’s familiar to them, sprinkle some catnip in it for good measure, and provide pleasant experiences during travel time to and from vet. On arrival, carefully hold it while transporting to ensure maximum protection during journey time and prevent other cats from waiting in waiting areas of vet office.

As part of the visit, it is essential to inform the veterinarian about your kitten’s life history – this includes where it came from (such as an animal shelter or private home), its diet and any medications it has received. Completing a registration form early will save time in the office.

After seeing a vet, they will likely prescribe antibiotics to treat any infections present. Following that, the kitten must be kept in a warm and quiet environment without other animals nearby; an ideal clean environment will allow the kitten to recover completely from his or her infection.

Lisa Thompson
 

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