SPCA of Northern Virginia Kittens
Kittens born April 8, 2010

Bob

Bob is the smallest boy in the litter.  He is a classic, sleek, black cat.  He is the most timid of the litter when it comes to loud noises or exploring somewhere new.  He will usually let his brothers charge forward and he is quite happy taking up the rear.  He is the most attached to Abby and to date will still nurse from her, when she lets him.

Although his eyes were the best out of the four kittens, he has a 'poopy' problem.  We noticed that when he would poop, little balls would remain attached to his rear end.  When we took him to Virginia Tech, they did an exam and he was 'packed' with poop.  They gave him an enema and got a little bit out and put him on a stool softener.  They recommended increasing his dose until he was 'cleared out' and pooping normally.

The next day, when the veterinary student called to follow up, she asked me if Bob had pooped yet.  He had not and she recommended that I take him to a local vet.  We took him to Madison Companion Animal Hospital, close to where we have a cabin in the woods.  They were wonderful with him and after FIVE enemas, she got all of the poop out of his system.  The vet said that his poop was like rocks in his colon.

Now, he makes nice, normal poops but he is unable to break off the last piece.  So, he comes out of the litterbox with poop still attached.  He will either rub his butt on the ground or it will fall off.  Thus, we took him back to Virginia Tech, after what happened with Katie, I wanted to be sure, and they evaluated him.

They did the equivalent of a barium enema and were able to x-ray his system.  They did not find any abnormalities.  There was a small area, about an inch from his butt that may be a stricture but they were not sure.  They recommended keeping him on a stool softener and making him have mushy poop for 3 weeks and then slowly ween him from the medicine to see if things returned to normal.

Bob is the skinniest of the three boys.  When talking to our local vet, Dr. Katz at Belle Haven Animal Medical Center (she is the best vet that we have ever had for cats), I asked if the amount of stool softener that Bob was prescribed could be affecting his ability to absorb his food.  She recommended lowering his dose to twice a day instead of three times.  Within 24 hours, the poopy problem was back.

Thus, we have returned Bob to his full dose and will have Virginia Tech evaluate him when he is older.  He may require a lifetime of the stool softener, two or three times a day or worse, surgery on his GI tract.  That is in addition to any continued medicine/treatment for his eyes after the eyelid surgery.

     
Bob is rarely alone.  He is either with one of his brothers or his mom.  He has a very loud purr and likes to lay up against our legs, probably to suck our body heat and keep him warm.

  Moo Moo, Bob and Joe all got collars on this day.  Because Bob needs medicine 3 times a day and they kittens are often at top speed running around, I thought the collars would help identify them quickly.  The medicine that Bob gets is bright lime green so that is why he got the green collar.  Moo Moo got black and silver to match his coat and the red looked nice against Joe's fur.  Thus, this video is a mix of trying to get their collars off, pouncing lessons and tail chasing.

Please remember that the SPCA of Northern Virginia appreciates any donation you are able to make.  Your dontation will help pay for these expensive surgeries and veterinary care.
 
Please donate to the Northern Virginia SPCA by clicking on this link. www.spcanova.org Click on the 'donate now' button on the left side of their homepage, under 'Contact Us'.  Make sure you designate the "Stone kittens" or "eyelid surgery" when you complete the donation form or the money will go into the general fund and not support this litter.  All donations are tax deductible.

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