Some distemper kitties are relatively easy to heal and within the first few doses of the Kitty-DT (aka Kitty Distempaid) remedy they are starting to consume fluids on their own, quit vomiting, and within 12-24 hours they are eating. This is NOT always the case with all kitties. If you are thinking of treating your distemper kitten at home, keep in mind that the worst kitties we have worked with required every hour on the hour oral or enema dosing for 24-48 hours straight. Meaning, you might need some assistance, so you can get some sleep. IF you are using IV's, dosing can be easier, but you "should" dose the oral drops of Kitty-DT every hour on the hour until the kitten is consuming fluids and eating on its' own.
Some people take their distemper kitten to the vet and leave them on IV fluids while they go to their jobs during the day and pick their distemper kitten up in the evening and treat with Kitty-DT (aka Kitty Distempaid) remedy throughout the night time hours. Others take their sick kitten to the vet and have the vet administer subcue fluids and then take them home and administer the hourly oral doses of the Kitty-DT.
If you are treating a distemper kitten(ies) at home, we recommend keeping a record of everything you do and every thing the kitten does. Kind of like a doctor's chart. Every oral dose you give, every temperature you take, every antibiotic dose, every time the kitten has diarrhea, along with what color it was, every time the kitten vomits, etc. This helps YOU to remember when you gave the last dose, plus it is useful if someone else helps to care for the kitten while you get a 2 hour cat nap. They can see how the kitten has been doing, as well as read what doses you have been giving.
Many kitty and cat rescues are using the Kitty-DT (aka Kitty Distempaid) with 100% success and we KNOW Kitty-DT works without a doubt, it can be lots of work dosing them every hour on the hour. Healing them at home can be a lot of work, but the blessing is when they heal and YOU can get some sleep. Well, when they've healed you still might not get much sleep as then they are running around, meowing, wanting to be fed, getting into kitten trouble and wanting YOU to play with them! You have a best friend for life!
HYDRATION: Well hydrated kittens have dark pink gums. Very light pink, white, or grayish gums means one of two things - either the kitten has excessive worms or they are dehydrated. You can also pinch their skin to test hydration. Pinch the skin on your forearm and it immediately goes back into place meaning YOU are NOT dehydrated. Pinch the kitties skin, if it goes back into place immediately, this indicates they are hydrated. If their skin sticks and takes a second or two to go back into place, they are dehydrated. When checking kitty hydration, we use both the gum and pinch the skin method for added assurance.
Hydration is important. You can lose a distemper kitten to dehydration or secondary infection, PRIOR to losing them of distemper. This is why distemper kitties are put on IV's at the vet office, to prevent dehydration. Dehydration causes the organs to work harder and the body can shut down quickly, resulting in death.
HYDRATION METHODS There are 5 hydration methods that I have heard about. They are: IV's (Intravenous fluids); Subcue fluids injected under the skin; Oral fluids; Enema fluids; and placing the dehydrated being in body temp water. This last mentioned method is not something I would recommend with kittens.
IV's and Subcue fluids are hydration methods that a vet or a person trained in these methods can do easily. We recommend IV's or oral/enema dosing, as we are hearing that Sub Q fluids are not releasing fluids back into the system fast enough, when a kitten is continuing to vomit or have diarrhea, so they can still dehydrate. Personally, we have always used the oral and enema methods to keep distemper kitties hydrated. If a distemper kitty continues to vomit oral fluids, we generally use the enema method to help get them hydrated again, until they can keep fluids down orally. Using the Feline Distemper remedy and Pedialyte, per the Feline Distemper remedy insert instructions we have found enema fluids are completely retained in kitties who are dehydrated.
ENEMAS...OH MY! Enemas are not as bad as many people think they are or will be. Enemas are an excellent way of preventing kitties from dehydrating, especially if they are not keeping fluids down orally. If a kitten is not dehydrated, the enema fluids will come back out, but when they are dehydrating (do the gum and skin test above), their bodies maintain all the enema fluids given. IF a distemper kitten expels the enema fluids within seconds of giving an enema, it is possible one of two things has happened:
You can give an enema with a bulb syringe, or a standard clear syringe, like the one you may be using for oral doses. We prefer using clear syringes, as it's easy to see how much fluid is in them and it's easy to see how clean they are after washing. ALWAYS make sure to clearly mark an enema syringe with a good permanent marker and NEVER use an enema syringe even after it's been thoroughly washed to give an oral dose, as you can re-infect a kitten with distemper.
Please note, there are 2 kinds of syringes. One is made to screw a needle into, which does NOT make a good syringe for giving enema doses. If using a syringe for giving enemas, make sure the tip is nice and clean, without that flowery thing typical needle syringes have. Here's a photo of a good syringe to use for enemas.
Lubricate the end of your enema applicator with KY jelly, vitamin E, or similar. Make sure the kitten's spine is straight, as you cannot give an enema to a kitten that's curled up.
Administer the enema fluids VERY slowly. Pet the kitten and tell her/him why you are giving them an enema...to help them get better so they can be happy, healthy, eat, and play again.
IF your distemper kitten has a low grade fever, we recommend heating the fluids to body temperature, so their little furry bodies do not have to work hard at bringing the enema fluids to their body temperature. They need to be working on healing from distemper and should not be having to waste their energy bringing their body temp back up after getting a cold enema. It may make their recovery easier and quicker.
If giving an enema still sounds gross, please know that there have been one or two Kitty-DT (aka Kitty Distempaid) remedy customers the past 4 years who, despite our repeated informing of the importance of enemas, along with the written Kitty-DT instructions, did NOT give the enemas and both these kitties died. When it comes to life or death choices, if you aren't giving IV fluids, or if your kitten isn't keeping down the oral doses, give the enema(s) - PERIOD. They really aren't gross (and even if they were, SO WHAT) and could make the difference of whether or not your kitten lives or dies.
Please also note, the purpose of an enema is to hydrate a kitten so that they will be better able to hold down oral fluids. We do not recommend giving enemas 24 hours straight or in lieu of oral dosing. Enemas are needed if a kitten is vomiting excessively, but the goal is to get them hydrated enough so that they can keep their oral fluids down.
It is recommended to use an antibiotic in conjunction withKitty-DT, to prevent secondary infection. Distemper can eat through arteries, therefore, it can create secondary infections. As noted above, a distemper kitten can die of dehydration OR secondary infection PRIOR to dying of distemper, so a good antibiotic is very important.
When dealing with distemper, any antibiotic should do, though our preference has always been to use Colloidal Silver (EIS) or a natural herbal antibiotic such as Vibactra Plus. Both EIS and herbal antibiotics are known to kill viruses, bacteria, and fungii unlike traditional antibiotics which are only known to kill bacteria and fungii. Plus, of course, being holistic minded, we always choose the holistic remedies, because we have found them to be far more effective than traditional ones. If you do not have a natural antibiotic though, use a traditional one. Just make sure you are dosing the distemper kitten with an antibiotic as directed to prevent secondary infection.
Please note, we highly recommend using Vibactra Plus or Colloidal Silver in conjunction with Kitty-DT (formerly Kitty Distempaid) remedies" when treating distemper. #1 because Vibactra Plus and Colloidal Silver are known to kill viruses, which NO traditional antibiotic can do and #2 because too frequently, kitties are being diagnosed with distemper when they either don't have it or they have BOTH distemper and coccidia. Vibactra Plus or Colloidal Silver kill microscopic single celled organisms/parasites, such as coccidia protozoan (they do not kill "worms" like roundworms, tapeworms, etc.). Instances where a kitty is treated for "distemper" and their kitten really had "coccidia", kitties die, whether treated on vet IV's or at home. Therefore, using Vibactra Plus or Colloidal Silver helps heal kittens or cats whether they have distemper or coccidia.
When a distemper kitten starts to feel better, it is best NOT to give them kibble. Their tummies are raw and kibble would be too hard to digest. When they are ready to start eating, we usually make up an "appetizer" plate. Giving the recovering kitten a choice of things to eat such as a little plain yogurt, scrambled eggs, small amounts of raw or cooked liver (excessive amounts of liver can cause diarrhea due to the vitamin A content, so don't feed too much - liver is also excellent to combat anemia), cooked chicken and rice, raw or cooked hamburger, low fat cottage cheese, New Zealand Colostrum, raw goats milk, etc. As they start eating, it is best to give them numerous small meals throughout the day to help them recooperate more quickly and prevent overloading their tummies with bigger feedings. You could also give them baby food meats.
We have ALWAYS given raw or cooked liver (we make liver treats by boiling raw liver for a few minutes until it is cooked enough to cut, then cut the liver into bite sized chunks and put on a baking sheet in the oven at a low temp till dry - these will keep in the frig for 2 weeks), New Zealand Colostrum, along with raw soft foods.
IF your kitten hasn't eaten for 3-4 days, we usually syringe a small amount of raw egg, colostrum, or yogurt into them. We personally have found New Zealand Colostrum excellent for soothing distemper kitten digestive tracts and to help boost their immune systems. They don't need as much as their normal hourly dose of Kitty-DT (aka Kitty Distempaid) remedy and Pedialyte, but just enough to give them some protein. These things are easily digested.
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