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My kitten Spirit was injured "electrocuted"

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Posted by: jaynelwells at Tue Aug 16 20:52:18 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jaynelwells ]  
   

On August 13, 2005 - my cat chewed on lamp cord and was electrocuted. It was the FIRST time he had ever chewed on any type of electrical cord. I heard a loud thump and found him less than a minute after it happened. I rushed him to a 24/7 pet hospital that was 20 miles away. All the way to the vet, he struggled to breathe with a gurgling noise and rapid breaths. The hospital took an x-ray and determined that fluid was in his lungs. They gave him oxygen the first few hours, as well as Lasix and Animophylline injections to help open his airway.

I brought him home after 2 days ($840 later) on August 15th. He has not eaten since (in the past 24 hours). He seems very lethargic and weak. I have seen him drink water only after an oral dose of antibiotics that I have to force him to take. He seems to breathe okay, but it is hard to tell because he purrs every time I am near. The hospital had the same problem checking his breathing.

At this point, I put him in a large dog cage to confine his space and to keep the two other kittens away. I am afraid to force feed him since he is so week, but I also cannot afford to have the vet keep him any longer, my finances are tapped out. I am afraid he will die if he does not eat and get his strength up. My "local" vet is not available until tomorrow.

Attached is a picture of Spirit when I adopted him from the local animal shelter. He is only 17 weeks old now. Even though I've only had him for a short time, I can't just let him go without doing all I can to save him!

I noticed that this message board doesn't have as much attention as some of the others - but God Bless any one will pray for baby kitten Spirit - Thank you!


   

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