A sick kitten is just about the most pitiful thing on earth, especially when they’re all alone in the great big world. As a professional in the vet field for 7 years, I saw my fair share of sick kittens, whether they were owned or found. I also had a lot of people ask what to do if they found a sick kitten and wanted to rescue it. So today, we’re going to talk about what you should do if you find a sick kitten and want to help him out.
Helping a Sick Kitten
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Helping animals in need is one of the most noble acts a person can do, in my opinion so I’m fully on board with helping animals when they need it. Below are some tips to help keep you and the sick little kitty you find safe and healthy both during and after rescue.
In my recent post about cleaning cat ears, I referenced how dangerous a cat bite can be. This goes for kittens as well as adults, so the first thing you need to do is remember to be smart. That ailing kitten you see may look weak or docile or even somewhat friendly, but you don’t know his story. Never, ever, EVER approach a sick kitten with your bare hands. A kitten bite can be just as dangerous as an adult bite.
Get a towel and wrap the kitten in that before you pick it up. If you have an adequately sized box or cat carrier available, immediately put the kitten in that. Do not attempt to hold the kitten as you make your way home. This goes back to cat bites. If that kitty freaks out in your arms, you are highly susceptible to getting clawed, bitten, or both.
Get to the Vet
Get to the vet as soon as possible after rescuing a sick kitten. If you tell your vet what’s going on, they’ll most likely squeeze you in to the schedule for the day, even if they’re booked solid. If you happen to find a sick kitten after hours, it can be a different story. If you have the inclination and the funds, take the kitten to an emergency vet for immediate examination. They kitten may only be malnourished a bit, or he may have something very wrong. In either case, the sooner you can get the kitten into the vet, the better.
Be Prepared for Bad News
Whether you’ve rescued a sick kitten just to be kind or if you want to keep him, it’s important to be prepared for bad news. The kitten is already sick. It may be a mild condition, or the kitten may have something very, very wrong. You need to be both emotionally and mentally prepared for the possibility that the kitty may need to be put to sleep. Remember, sometimes it’s the kindest thing you can do.
You Can Help a Sick Kitten
If you see a sick kitten, and you want to help, go for it. Just follow the tips above. Be safe, be smart, and get the kitty to the vet as soon as possible. After that, it’s up to you if the sick kitten becomes a permanent member of the family. I cannot stress this enough, though. Be safe. Don’t get bitten!
Have you ever found and helped a sick kitten? Share your experiences below!