Samantha and the kittens this evening

It really breaks my heart that I have to separate Samantha from her kittens. But we do not know what disease Samantha has which has manifested as lesions around her nose. So to keep the kittens safe, I have to separate them. 

This is after the skin scraping done by the vet to determine what kind of pathogens are present in those lesions around her nose. It was still bleeding when we came home. I have since cleaned it and applied Fucidin on it. It would take time to heal.

I checked back Samantha’s photos and the first spot only appeared on 4th March, or perhaps the night of 3rd March. Before that, there was nothing at all. In the photos on 1st and 2nd March, she looked absolutely normal. Spotless face.

So far, Samantha only has one symptom of Cryptococcosis – the nose bump. She is not sneezing at all. And there is absolutely no nasal discharge.

I also found this online:

Inflammation of a cat’s nose is referred to as rhinitis; sinusitis, meanwhile, refers to the inflammation in the nasal passages. Both medical conditions can cause mucus discharge to develop. With prolonged inflammation, bacterial infections are common. 

She has a nose bump on the bridge of her nose, but there is no mucus discharge at all.

So, WHAT does she have?

I guess it is too early to tell, but as the vet advised, we are treating her for all three already: Fungal, bacterial and allergy. She is on Inox for fungus, already given the Convenia antibiotic jab for bacteria and Prednisolone for allergy and the inflammation. The vet said it is best to do preemptive treatment.

Because the Inox and Prednisolone, Samantha cannot breastfeed her kittens anymore. This is so sad. It’s not that I cannot handfeed the kittens – I can, and I have been handfeeding them since Day 3. It is because I cannot explain it to Samantha or the kittens.

Maybe it’s okay for the kittens. They probably don’t think too much. But Samantha is an adult cat and a mother who has just given birth. Surely she would miss her kittens and wonder where they are or what I have done with them.

Your kittens are all safe and sound downstairs, Samantha. Hopefully with her strong sense of smell, she knows they are just downstairs.

As advised by the vet, I tried giving the kittens Cindy’s baby food again. They don’t seem ready to eat solids yet. Akira moved her mouth when I placed some in hers, but not Kai. Kai doesn’t know what to do with it. Indra is getting there.