Sick 6 wk old kitten PLEASE help. Was dehydrated, now acting blind, dizzy. What could it be?

I got a 6 week old Siamese kitten a week ago (he is now about 7 weeks). He wasn’t eating the food the breeder suggested. We assumed it was because he was too young, so we bought him kitten formula. He vomited profusely from that (every half hour throughout the night for a total of 6 or 7 times). The following day, I made sure to give him plenty of water, and he seemed to be doing better til that night. He became really weak and lethargic, so we took him to the emergency vet. They drew blood to do feline leukemia tests, put sub-q fluids under his skin, and force fed him some canned food and formula. The whole ordeal REALLY stressed him out. He hid on my shoulder in my hair for the entire hour drive home and was floppy and lethargic and slept ALL the next day. I didn’t think he was going to live through it. We kept forcing him KMR formula every hour/2 hours with a dropper, and he slowly regained his strength. For the past few days, he’s been doing a bit better. He’ll walk around and investigate my other cat for maybe 10-15 mins a day, then the rest of the time he is asleep on my lap, or my mom’s lap, or my dad’s lap, you get the picture. I thought he was just really affectionate, but now I’m worried that something is seriously wrong. He is just too mellow for a kitten- he sleeps ALL the time. And we’ve tried offering him 4 different kinds of canned food and tuna, and he was not interested in any of it. He will barely drink out of a bowl, so we are still dropper-feeding him.
And just now, I put him down to prep his formula and he is acting like he can’t see or is very dizzy. He doesn’t even want to stand up on his own. He just lays down wherever I put him. His pupils are really dilated, he doesn’t fix his focus on anything, his head just bobs, he’ll take a couple wobbly steps and fall over.
Did he just somehow lose his eyesight? Is it seizures? Is it a result of the dehydration? I have NO idea what to think. I’m reluctant to take him back to the same emergency vet because I wasn’t happy with everything they put him through, and my local small town vet is closed.

Any advice would be SO appreciated. I’m sorry this is so long, I just wanted to paint as clear a picture as possible so that he can maybe be diagnosed.
Thank you!!


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9 Responses to Sick 6 wk old kitten PLEASE help. Was dehydrated, now acting blind, dizzy. What could it be?
  1. wendy f
    May 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

    Well, real quick.. did you ever find anything that he liked to eat or that he would keep down? And I agree with the above… it would probably be worth the try to take him back. He is probably too little to take any chances with. Can you request another Doctor? Perhaps be more aggressive about your care and what you know/need to know. Im sorry. :0( I’m kind of going through the same thing. Best of luck to you.

  2. shaycos
    May 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

    It could well be down to the lack of fluids.. Dehydration can cause dizziness headaches and all sorts of other complications. He really sounds like he needs to get back to the vet asap I’m afraid.

  3. R P Cat
    May 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

    You have to call the breeder or the place you got him from and tell them what is going on and have them give you some answers. This is not normal and the breeder should give you some answers. Be polite and to the point. Tell them exactly what happen and in the order it happened what went on at the ER and what test were done. The entire story. If you need to write it down and go over it several time to see if you left out anything.

    R P CAT

  4. TAMMY H
    May 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

    Most vets will still come in after they are closed someone is usually "on call" or they will give a number or whatever I think your cat NEEDS a vet PRONTO the best I can tell you is if you can get him to drink some Pedialyte that might help him and then eat like a tablespoon or so of cottage cheese if the pedialyte works but I really would try to ring the vet and see if they can come in–they will charge you an emergency fee on top of their regular fees but honey it sounds like he really needs some tending to!! I hope everything works out OK I know how awful it is when they are not well Will say a prayer for your little guy right now

  5. farmchick95
    May 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

    my little girl (kitten) is like this now too. Socks is on my shoulder sleeping like shes been doing all day. she has feline distemper and i think your cat does too. ive had over a 200-300 cats in the last ten years (adop em on farm) and you got to take him to the vet ASAP. ive seen over a maj. of em die of this cuz dad wont take em to vet cuz HATES em.. they have a 90% chance of livng if they dont see a vet
    PLEASE take him there please. it eats their white blood cells and then eats thier intensines please its very bad and EXTREMELY contagious

  6. obejoyful4
    May 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

    My daughter just went through this 2 days ago with her kitten. She is doing better by the same methods you have described..force feeding and drinking. Meds to stop the vomiting. But her kitten is 3 months old. I suggest you take her back to the emergency vet. We had to go twice too. There is a disease kittens get that makes them dizzy and this was one symptom your kitten didn’t have the first time you took her. I know its expensive, but he did the right things the first time.

  7. Ingrid A
    May 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

    those are bad signs, im sorry to say that its… gonna pass away before this weekend garinteed :[ my 6-week old male cat would not eat NOTHING, we took her to the vet & those signs she means shes premature and has no craving for anything, since premature kittens eat every 2-3 hours, they will die. wich is 76% common in 5-9 week old kittens. hope and wishes! just keep faith, theres no remedy fot this dieseas. just gotta let her go :(
    -ingrid <3

  8. J C
    May 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

    Yes, he is too young! The oriental breeds mature more slowly than other breeds, and NO Siamese kitten should be leaving it’s mother until it’s 12 weeks old. Lethargic and floppy kittens are very ill kittens, and he is probably dehydrated yet again. The dizziness and disorientation is a sign of a severely dehydrated kitten. Unless you get him to an emergency vet for fluids again, you might not have a kitten come morning. What the emergency vet did is standard protocol for a dehydrated cat – sub-q fluids and force feeding of food. While you may not like it, that’s what saved his life that time. The visit to the emergency vet should have been followed up by a visit to your regular vet. You have a very underage kitten with goodness knows what kind of health problems, purchased from a very irresponsible back-yard-breeder, I’m sorry to say.

  9. snowball
    May 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

    i hate to say this but he really was to young you shoouldd have waited 1 or 2 weeks longer so he could have spent more time with his mommy………..you sound like you are doing a good job in caring for him…….try to feed him some GERBERS BABY FOOD……….TRY THE LITTLE JARS OF CHICKEN AND GRAVY……..THAT IS GOOD FOR KITTENS AND ADULT CATS…………..AND THEY WILL LOVE IT…………ANY ONE I HAVE WILL EAT IT WHEN THEY ARE SICK AND THIS CHICKEN AND GRAVY IS REALLY GOOD FOR HIM……….its good to feed him the formula but he also need water the dehydration will or can cause some of thoese symtoms and he is so weak also try to feed that baby fchicken and gravy food with a eyedropper( even if you have to put a few drops of water to use it with the eye dropper……..and of corce call the vet…………….keep up what you are doing and plus………you must do this every 2 hours to build his strengh back up he seems week now………and call your breeder up………i hope i have been of some help to you…..i send good thoughts and prayers your way and hope and pray that your little precious kitty recovers soon………..GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS AND PRAY TO GOD THAT HE MAY HEAL HIM…SOON .

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