In cases where a neonate is presenting with a low body temperature, the veterinarian will slowly warm the kitten to a normal body temperature over several hours to avoid shocking its system. Oxygen supplementation will be given if required, and intravenous fluid therapy will be initiated to correct fluid deficits.
In cases with low glucose levels in the blood (hypoglycemia), fluids with glucose will be selected for fluid therapy. The kitten will not be allowed to feed if its body temperature is significantly lower than normal and it has no suckling reflex; however, once it has been warmed, nursing will be encouraged. Antibiotic therapy will be started in the event that there is a bacterial infections present.
Do not attempt to feed your kitten at home if the kitten is not sucking properly at its mother's teat. Check your kitten daily for its hydration status by checking its urine color and looking into its mouth for evidence of dryness. Dry mouth and dark yellow urine will indicate that your kitten is dehydrated. If this is the case you will need to call your veterinarian for advice. Also monitor your kitten's weight daily, and ensure that the queen (mother) is properly nursing the kittens. Good home care will give your kitten the best chance of healing quickly and effectively.
It is essential that you follow all guidelines to ensure proper medication and feeding at home. Do not stop or alter the treatment on your own or change the dosage times. It is especially important to give medications at the exact prescribed dosage and time because at this immature stage, animals have great variations in drug metabolism and excretion. Even minor changes in drug dosage can be detrimental to your kitten's recovery. Your kitten will also need extra care regarding its nutrition due to its delicate requirements and inability to feed properly on its own.
A newborn less than four weeks old; belonging to certain species
The group of processes that involve the use of nutrients by the body
A list of an animal’s ancestors
A nipple, as in on ruminants and equine animals
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
White blood cells that are known for destroying disease and help to keep foreign substances out of the blood
The condition of being drowsy, listless, or weak
The weight of a newborn animal after it has been in the world for a full 24 hours.
Eliminating or the material that has actually been eliminated
The protein that moves oxygen in the blood
Low amounts of glucose in the blood
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.