I wasn’t on Instagram much when these babies first came to me because it was a lot of work and all my focus was going to them.
Did you know that Posie is one tough little nugget? She arrived to care and seemed to be doing fine. She was much smaller than her siblings. Clearly underweight with bones sticking out, but eating well, pooping well, seemingly doing well. Then the group developed diarrhea, which is not uncommon in kittens who switch from moms milk to milk replacer (these babies were dropped off alone at a shelter - there was no mom with them, we would never leave a mom behind). We worked to get that under control and everything was going fine, until one feeding Posie decided she didn’t want to eat. While this may seem like no big deal, for Kittens this young, a single missed feeding can be a big issue. It wasn’t just that... she just wanted to sleep. She no longer wanted to play, she just laid there.
I tried feeding her more often with smaller amounts each time, but she lost weight anyway and didn’t improve.
I cried and cried as I really thought she was giving up and I knew that it would go downhill quickly and that it wouldn’t be surprising if she passed.
I changed the water in her formula to pedialyte, I gave her sub q fluids, I put Karo syrup on her gums every three minutes until she responded, I kept her warm, and above all I made sure she knew she was loved. “Fading kitten syndrome”, that’s what everyone thought, that’s what I thought. She was fading. But she’s here today! She is a little fighter and full of life.
I know every single one of my adopters has to be special to be able to take home one of my foster babies. But Posie’s adopter will have to promise to spoil her rotten because she stuck around to see all the wonderful things she was promised when she was sick!
#tinybutmighty - 2 hours ago