It has been determined that this crook who is stealing these kittens lives is a virulent strain of systematic felineherpes virus. In chasing down when the symptoms appeared- the carrier appears to be Axle, the van kitty who is not even sick. Ironically, that is the nature of the beast.Often the carrier exhibits no signs of the illness but infects any cat or kitten in his path. There is nothing I can do at this point, but continue to try and combat this cat burgler. Sadly, kittens are the most vulnerable to this beast, especially those robbed of mom’s milk or whose mom had tainted milk.
I have all the kittens together in the kitten room with the door barriers up. Even though my older cats likely have an immunity to this disease, I do have younger kittens that have joined the group and I don’t want to take chances. I have several large antibacterial pumps in the room, I have an old pair of jeans and tee shirt and old shoes I wear now when I am with the kittens. Tandem is trying to get sick and Stash is actively sick with the drainage from the eyes, the discharge from the nose and she is starting the hitching breath. My soul needs a sabatical about now.
My vet wants to take all the kittens, but I don’t have the funds for that- as it could be a lengthy stay- plus it would stress out these kittens more to be caged and away from each other- and like the good Dr. says, the damage is already done. it’s a moot point at this juncture.
Those of you who read my ramblings- please just send up prayers tht God will spare these last three survivors. To literally watch them drown in their own body fluids is to much to bare and so unfair for them- although they check out long before it gets to that point.