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        07-18-2013, 12:44 PM
    New kitten need advice...

    Hi Guys,

    Just adopted three new cats. Got them from a great rescue that takes in ferals, gets them gentled and fixed/vaccinated.

    One of the kittens is only 4 or 5 weeks old, they fixed him yesterday before I picked him up. He isn't feeling very well.
    No swelling, but acting tired. Is going to the restroom fine and eating a little, but isn't playing. If he doesn't perk up soon I will take him to the vets.

    How long before he feels better? How long are they "off" from getting fixed?
    The other two are super friendly and happy as clams!
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        07-18-2013, 12:55 PM
    They fixed him at 4 to 5 weeks? That is way too early, IMO. We always waited until they were like at least 12 weeks. Is there any way to take his temp?
        07-18-2013, 01:07 PM
    Unfortunately, (IMO) it's becoming pretty common for them to fix them this early. If you can, definitely check for a temp but he is probably just groggy from the anesthetic. Give him another 24 hrs the the temp is normal.
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        07-18-2013, 01:27 PM
    Awww the poor baby :( that is so young to "fix" I wouldn't call that a great rescue. The kitten needed to wait at least another 6 weeks. You can try giving pedilite just a cap full and see if that helps.
    I would call the vet and see what they think.
        07-18-2013, 01:33 PM
    I work as a kennel tech, and I can tell you that cats take FOREVER to even start waking up from anesthetic. Always. I would take her temperature, and if it's below 100 get some heat packs or hot water bottles and wrap her up in a blanket with them. As long as their temperature stays running low, they'll continue to be groggy from the anesthetic. Try to make her move around as much as possible.
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        07-18-2013, 01:54 PM
    Oh my god, altering before they're even weaned from milk? Wth.
        07-18-2013, 02:58 PM
    Thanks guys.

    I know, when I picked him up I was shocked. I would for sure have waited MUCH longer. They are in crisis mode right now at the shelter, a farmer called in and threatened to shoot over 100 cats and kittens and they are struggling to find foster homes. The foster I got these from said she was taking in 10, and was so glad I could take these. So I think she rushed this little guy,

    I looked at his papers, he's more like 6 weeks old, but only weighs a pound if that. Tiny! He is eating and drinking, I'll try and get his temp.

    Thank you for your help!
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