Hello, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with Pacha today.
I do apologize that your question hasn't been answered sooner. Unfortunately, different veterinary experts do come online at different times. That said, as soon as I came online and saw your question, I did want to discuss Pacha's situation with you. Now I share you concern about Pacha's weight loss. From your history, your support and treatments have been spot on thus far. Still can you tell me:How much weight has she lost since giving birth?Has she had any diarrhea (a common avenue of nutrient loss) or vomiting?How is she in herself besides this weight loss?What stage are you at for weaning these kittens?
Thank you for replying, I didnt weigh Pacha before and after pregnancy but she is very very thin.She seems to get worse by the day, you can see and feel her legs and back as just bone.
She hasn't really had any diarreea apart from last weekend for the first time and she hada spot of sickness yesterday.
Pacha is a laid back cat, which loves a bit of fuss and she is still that cat, the obnly thing is she is crying a bit more during the night to me. She wants food at least twice during the night, wet food that is as there is dry food down all day.
With regards XXXXX XXXXX kittens being weened, i have started to try and ween them with kitten milk but they don't seem interested. I am trying so it gives pacha a rest, being they r getting big etc. The kittens have started walking around now, so im hoping that in the next few days there will take the food.
I hope this information is helpful.
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That's some good advise thank you. A few other things i should mention is that we took on Pacha from a pervious owner who hadn't given her, her injections when she was a young one. She's been an indoor cat, was the reason she didn't have them apparently. The cat she mated with wasn't planned she escaped when i went to Thailand for a month and the cat was a feral cat, so i was worried bout infection from him etc. This then meaning i couldn't give her injections or sprayed.
Her meow even sounds different and she is constantly hungry. Just thought i would mention this just in case its something within that,it could be. Also i am currently doing those things you suggested with weening the kittens and got one of them to take off the finger :-)
Also Pacha does have plenty of time away from the kittens, just need to build her up.
Hi again,While a change in meow isn't usually a sign we seen with the communicable diseases we'd be concerned about or pregnancy, the constant hunger is not abnormal in this instance. I'd be more worried if she were not eating for us because at the moment her body is likely screaming at her to eat since she's in a reproductive stage where the nutritional demands on her are at their highest. Specifically, we can see cats appetites increased 2-4 fold from late pregnancy and through lactation. So, the key is feeding her up (as you are) and using diets that are very calorically dense (to get even more nutrition into her and get over the limitations of how much she can physically eat).In regards XXXXX XXXXX diseases from the feral male and her lack of vaccination, we do have to be a bit concerned. That said, the diseases we'd typically be vaccinating against (ie cat flu, panleukopenia) would cause signs (ie coughing, sneezing, GI signs, etc) that we are not seeing with her. That said, we'd need to keep FIV and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) in the backs of our mind as potential communicable agents that could have been spread to her and could cause weight loss (usually along with other issues). Therefore, under the circumstances, I'd not have them on the top of my list of concerns for Pacha but would say that if she were to continue to lose weight after we'd gotten the kitten situation under control then we might want to consider having her tested for them. So, at the moment, the kitten's nutritional demands would be a definite reason for her weight loss and therefore what we need to address at this stage. But if we continue to see weight loss or any new signs, then FIV and FeLV would be something to have your vet rule out as a potential issue from mating with a feral.All the best for wee Pacha,
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