Kitten with rectal prolapse problem (10 replies)
I am new here! I have never had a pet before so this is all very new to me. I wanted a Siamese cat so I found this very cute kitten in a shelter's website. When I went to check on him, they told me he had rectal prolapse problem and they performed a surgery on him. They said this will probably not going to happen to him again. But it gets me worried. What do you think? Will you adopt such kitten? Do you have any experience with this disease?
Did they provide you with complete information -- when was the surgery performed? How long ago? What was the cause of the prolapse? Was it a complete or partial prolapse? They need to provide you with the information so you can make an informed decision. I also recommend you read up on rectal prolapses in kittens/cats. There is a great deal of information from trusted sources on the web -- such as veterinarian universities, or Merck Veterinary Manual. There are as you will see/read a number of reasons why a prolapse can occur -- which is why you need to obtain the info from them. They would know why since they performed the surgery.
As far as would I personally adopt such a kitten? Probably, but I would want to know all about it first before making the decision.
Best and good luck!
Thanks a lot for your response and thanks for the resources. I have read about this disease a bit on the internet. Apparently it can be caused because of diarrhea or parasites. But when I asked the shelter they said it is because of stress. To be honest I'm not sure if I can trust the shelter. But at the same time I feel bad for the kitten. The surgery was done last Tuesday. They said they will take care of it if it happens again within a month. But after that I will be responsible.
Stress, I don't know what they mean by that unless they're talking about diarrhea, or straining, or constipation, worms, etc, which are the most common causes in kittens. In the meantime, what does the kitten look like? It's it healthy in appearance? What is it's energy level?
It sounds like you really want the kitten. I would take it then, absolutely. A lot of kittens start out with a rough little life, and do fine with care and love. I have a one-eyed cat (3 years old) who as a baby (10 weeks old) kitten out playing in my yard, put her eye out (it was gruesome; never seen anything like it before in my life). I rescued her (vet had to remove the eye and did a wonderful job) and her brother, and they're both fine. Cute and cuddly and I love them to death.
I don't know what your financial abilities are, but if you do decide to take the kitten, I would immediately take it to a trustworthy vet for a complete physical and examination of it's rectum. Last week is not very long ago, it's probably not completely healed yet, depending on what they are calling surgery. The kitten will need to be watched, and probably should be on a soft, bland diet so as not to inflamed it's intestines etc. The vet should be able to go over all of this with you.
Best of luck, seriously, to you and the little kitten. Let me know what happens.
As always, excellent advice by Geri! I too would take a chance and adopt her. Once adopted I would absolutely take her to the vet for a full checkup - but you'd want to do that anyways to ensure that your kitten doesn't have any other medical issues. Best of luck and let us know what you decide!
Thank you very much Geri for sharing your experience.
So I decided that I would adopt another kitten. I read more about Siamese and although I love them for being smart and affectionate but I realized as I might travel for work for a day or two the Siamese will not be happy with that.
So I decided to bring home a Russian blue cat. I just brought him in an hour ago. He is hiding in the darkest corner in my house now. Shelter people told me he would do that at the beginning. I will come back with more questions.
Thanks a lot again!
Glad to hear that you found a kitten, Nabaat. I've never had a Russian Blue, but a friend of mine has had a number of them over the years, and they've all had wonderful personalities. Re the Siamese kitten with the rectal-prolapse issue: we had a Blue Abyssinian kitten with this issue many years ago, and it wasn't an easy one to deal with, even with all the help we had from our veterinary clinic's staff.
I’d love to hear how he’s doing!!
He is doing great! In fact, his name is Nabaat 😛
So I brought him home about 10 days ago. I read that Russian blue is very shy and people in the shelter told me the same. They said if he kept hiding for few days don't worry, he will come out eventually. So the first two days he was hiding under the couch. He didn't even drink or eat much. I only could get him to eat very small amount of wet food.
But then he decided to spend less time under the couch and more time around the house. I live in a one bedroom apartment so it was easy for him to get familiar with the whole place. We are best friends now! I took him to the vet a week ago and well it turned out he has giardia and some kind of viral infection (he kept sneezing). They gave him four different medication which giving them to him was traumatizing for both of us!! But both of us got better at it. Now he is only on one medication and an eye drop. He is doing great. He eats and drinks well and he is very playful!
He is very affectionate. When I'm working at home, he finds a seat close to me, or he is on my desk, sitting quietly. He follows me everywhere that I go in the house, just too funny. He likes kneading on my hands which is the sweetest thing ever. He is also very smart and loves playing with his toys. He doesn't scratch or bite and he is good with using the litter box so I have nothing to complain!
Thanks for asking 🙂
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