My family's adventure in kitty-sitting took a turn, just a week into fostering kittens for SpokAnimal. We have a little of 5 kitties. They were teeny, tiny when we got them, weighing less than a pound a piece. Our job is to fatten them up and love on them; socialize them so they are ready for their new homes.
But, with kitties found and brought in, there's no way to know what they've been exposed to. When we got them they seemed healthy.. but, about a week in, we noticed one, the runt started getting sick. She had nasty diarrhea, wouldn't eat and was lethargic. We called SpokAnimal who had us bring her in right away.
It turns out, she had a parasite called coccidia (among the most common infections in cats and dogs). She was very sick. A tech at SpokAnimal, Trina, has been nursing her back to health. Trina's had to give her special feedings every 2 hours and medicines. It's been a week and she's ready to come back home with us and her kitty siblings.
Trina was wonderful, sending us picture and text updates.