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Hiya, we have 4 week old kittens and one of them is very

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Hiya, we have 4 week old kittens and one of them is very weak and tired we tried to bottle feed it but at the moment something is sticking out of its bottom
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long has the kitten been lethargic? Any changes in appetite?
Customer: today we noticed it it was drinking perfectly good yesterday but today it got a little bad
JA: Could the kitten have eaten something unusual?
Customer: no they are only breast feeding at the moment
JA: What's the kitten's name?
Customer: No name at the moment
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: nothing else just we are worried that something is sticking out of its bum it looks like solid poo but it hurts it when it’s touched
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for your kitten.

When did they last pass a poo?

Has it been very loose and watery?


Customer: replied 16 days ago.
I haven’t seen their poo before the mummy is pretty clean and cleans them up
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Understood, ok.

And does this little one seem distressed?

Are they breathing fast or is their tummy bloated?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
She’s not bloated she’s just tired and sleepy
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Breathing normally so far
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

Do her gums feel wet to the touch?

Is she straining as if trying to pass poo?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
I don’t think she has the energy to do so but she is tried to pass it out a little
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
This is what it looks like
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

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Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

I agree, this is unusual.

Have the kittens been wormed?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
No we haven’t done anything to them we were a little worried about affecting them
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Could that be it?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

So it is a little unclear to me what this is, it does not look like what we'd normally expect when we'd see e.g. a prolapse or rectal redness.

Worms are common in this age group and they can cause straining, tissue inflammation and anal issues.

If not wormed, I'd certainly worm the litter as this should be done from 2-3 weeks. Panacur is a good option.

I'd also gently clean the area with warm salt water and cotton wool.

Due to the unusual appearance, I'd schedule a vet visit for the morning so we can have this looked at in person, to assess the rectum and the stool.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Thank you!
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Any vet or can I book with anyone you know?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

If not registered with a clinic already, I'd go ahead and call locally.

Not all clinics are taking on new clients, but there should be at least one nearby who is.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Thank you very much!
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

My pleasure!

Do you have any further questions today?

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

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