Try dripping water or a water fountain.  Ebony loved to drink from the faucet.  
I like the fountain better because the water can be filtered.  

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Caroline Kaufmann 
  Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2007 8:54 PM
  Subject: RE: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up

  I have never seen him drink water, so I am not sure.  But he's been urinating 
a lot- of course that could be from the fluids.  He was dehydrated on Monday, 
but he bounced back so much after the shot of Penicillin and one bought of 
subcu fluids- it was really remarkable.  And of course, the vet isn't able to 
"see" that.  Since I have never seen him drink water, I have been adding water 
and KMR to his wet food- just to make sure to get some extra in.  He eats 
almost all of his food up, so he's certainly getting moisture that way.

    Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 20:47:47 -0600
    Subject: Re: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up

    That is great news, that everything is negative.
    Is he drinking normally?  Is he dehydrated?  If he is not dehydrated....I 
would not see any need for fluids (but I'm not a vet, this is not to be 
construed as veterinary advice, yadda yadda)


    On Dec 27, 2007 8:39 PM, Caroline Kaufmann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

      Okay, the results are not all in, but I finally talked to the Vet about 
the blood tests from the sick kitten I took in- which he suspect FIP in.  The 
cat was NEGATIVE for Felv (so that's the second time he's tested neg.- first at 
approx. 2 mths old, now at 6 mths).  He NEGATIVE for FIV (which he had not yet 
been tested for ever).  The vet also says that so far, it looks like it's not 
FIP and he talked about how there is no conclusive test, etc., so for now, he 
has to go by the presence of antibodies- which he says are usually higher if 
the cat has "dry" FIP and then even higher if it's "wet" FIP.  He says the 
antibodies are just not high enough to for it to be FIP- either the dry or wet 
form.  So he remains concerned tho that it's a an infectious ( i.e., 
contagious) disease.  What he is waiting on now is the toxoplasmosis test b/c 
now he is suspecting that.  He said the results of that test will be in 
tomorrow.  He also said the blood is showing high globulin levels and high 
white blood cells- both of which indicate some kind of an infection, but he 
just doesn't know what kind yet.  
      I do have a phone consultation appointment tomorrow at 5:00 with the 
holistic vet (Marylyn-- Dr. Maier) who treated Monkee at the end of his life 
and whom Monkee loved- at a time when he was utterly miserable and fed up with 
vets!  We are consulting on this kitten and then also to discuss general care 
of fosters and things I can do holistically to help them rehab faster.  I may 
end up taking Yoda to her anyway b/c of the diarrhea that I can't get 
traditional vets to address.  Hopefully, I will have the blood tests results on 
my sick kitten emailed to me before then, so I can forward them to her for her 
review and "second" opinion.  I feel better because I am finally getting some 
freaking vets lined up so that I can finally take care of these fosters without 
always feeling like I'm supposed to do so without ever having veterinary access 
unless a cat is pretty much dying in my arms.  Monkee died in my arms despite 
all the things we did to save him and there is NO WAY I'm going to allow 
another cat to die in my arms- especially these fosters who seem to have 
totally treatable (possibly preventable) things going on with them!  Urg.  So 
we continue to forge ahead. 
      Poor kitty feels so much better and I'm worried about continuing to give 
him fluids.  Dr. Maier said in an email that if he is doing that much better 
and has had 3 treatments of subcu fluids, it's probably not necessary to do 
them today.  But when I talked to the conventional vet that saw the cat on 
Monday, he said to continue them b/c "extra fluids are extra fluids," "it can't 
really hurt him" (I beg to differ- it's very traumatic b/c it's just me and him 
in a contest of wills and strength and it's pretty horrible- he gets that huge 
needle out everytime and I have to re-stick him-- which is hell for me and 
him), and "without really seeing the cat, he can't tell me to discontinue 
fluids."  Well, my mom and I have discussed it and I'm doing them tonight.  
It's too much on him and me.  He's feeling too "good" now so that he really 
fights the fluid giving.  I always recall that Dr. Maier- in all her holistic 
wisdom- said (when I first took Monkee to her), that "you don't want the 
treatment to be worse than the disease."  I think that solves my dilemma for 

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