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The kittens are asleep in my hair. We're doing okay. thank you so much to everyone that has reached out and commented. It means so much that you believe in me and my mission, even when it's devastating and discouraging. Diego taught me patience, courage, strength... he changed my heart, and my life. I believe every kitten that I'm allowed to love changes me for the better. Even when I lose them, even when I can't imagine doing this all over again, allowing in this heartbreak with such absolute certainty that it resembles masochism. My heart is Diego's, and Leo's, and Georgia's, and Frida's, and every kitten past and future. Thank you for supporting me, because I couldn't do it without you.
Thank you all so much for the kind words. I'm still processing what's happened and miss Diego terribly. Georgia and Leo are doing well, and we're transitioning to baby food and wet food this week. I'm grateful for these two and will be soaking up each moment with them. (this is Georgia)
I am heartbroken to tell you that Diego suffered a rare, severe, and lethal reaction to a standard vaccine. He was suffering, and absolutely every attempt was made to help him. I promised him I would fix it, and I couldn't. So I let him go. I am devastated to say the very least, but please DO NOT let this deter you from having your pets vaccinated. This was essentially a freak accident. Kittens need vaccines to be healthy. My sweet little marmoset just wasn't meant to stay here. But what an incredible impact he had on me in his four short weeks. Forever in my heart.
The emergency vet believes Diego is having an allergic reaction to his antibiotic. He received sub q fluids for hydration, Benadryl and another medication to decrease the swelling. I'm hoping to have him back at the shelter vet tomorrow for more extensive evaluation. For now he's resting, not very comfortably, but I'm hoping the Benadryl knocks him out for a little while. My poor sweet boy... I love him madly and won't rest until he's healthy. Thank you all so much for the love and positive energy for our marmoset.
My little marmoset has very swollen eyes and seems to have blurry vision. He's eating well every three hours and receiving some eye ointment at regular intervals. Fingers crossed the antibiotics kick in soon. If his condition worsens, back to the vet. Whatever it takes.
Diego update: He's eating really well, so I know he feels better than he did. However, his URI is kicking in full force and his third eyelids are covering half of his eyes. He also seems a little confused, but that may be because he can't see well. Leo's getting congested and Georgia's little nose is running. Antibiotics are on board and I'll be monitoring them closely so we can kick this sick stuff!
They're home! No parasites were found in their fecal float test, but they are developing an upper respiratory infection so we have daily medicine for that. They also gave us a few packets of Fortiflora probiotics to help their little guts stay healthy. I've added a full pack of Fortiflora to the Amazon Wishlist because the babies need any little boost they can get. No obligation, as usual :) Diego ate almost a full meal with vigor, and I put him to bed to rest. It's unclear what caused his sick spell, but I'm hoping we're leaving it in the dust. Thank you all for the love!
Update on Ginny while we wait for the kittens to come home from the vet. I posted a while ago that Ginny was peeing on my bed. I resorted to keeping her out of my bedroom and laying a plastic tablecloth across my comforter in case she snuck in. I decided to put another litter box down and strangely enough, both cats use one box to pee, and the other to poop! I haven't let her back in my room without the tablecloth on my bed but I really think she just needed more space. You can also see her side fur coming in again- finally!
Diego was breathing fast in his sleep, so I picked him up to check on him. He purred and stretched, then cried like he was hungry for the first time in over 24 hours. He only (voluntarily) ate about 2-3 ml, but I'm grateful for even the tiniest bit of enthusiasm from him. He's also being more vocal and seems to be a smidge less lethargic.
Little mister is hanging in. He wasn't thrilled about being force syringed pedialyte and KMR the first few times, but at about 4 am he purred when I picked him up and actually drank from the syringe a tiny bit. He also tolerated being force syringed much better and had a formed stool. Unfortunately his poo still has a bit of blood in it. This could be from parasites or from his preemie system just not tolerating the baby food I was mixing with their formula. I'm going to continue with fluids and careful observation today, and the shelter vet will examine all three of them tomorrow. Thank you all so much for the kind thoughts. He's a tough little guy and I'm doing my best to keep him afloat.
This picture is from a few days ago. Diego had a small amount of diarrhea, and continues to refuse to eat. He pooped again a few hours later and it's more formed, but has a little bit of blood in it. I'm force syringing him Pedialyte every hour and will call the shelter first thing in the morning. I'm hopeful that they will have an opening for him. If not, I may take him to my personal vet. I can't afford it, but I will not let him down. Because his mother was feral, it's possible he has some parasites, so he may just need some antibiotics or dewormer. I'll keep you posted.
Sorry for the blurry picture! Diego ate well at his noon feeding and when it was dinner time, he refused to eat. He's acting a little lethargic and seems to not feel well. I'm going to try to feed him again in an hour and hopefully he's willing to eat... fingers crossed. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned.