Was debating to answer this or not. But some people need to be educated when it comes to how things work with homeless animals.
Dear anonymous person, I did take Chilli to the vet, and they gave her back to me since all that could be done was exactly what i was doing, vets are not just lazing around having the time to feed 100 new born kittens every two hours, then burping them, then stimulating them so they evacuate, it’s the trained non vet citizens with enough time on their hands that do this work. Even the veterinary said in most cases kittens this young don’t survive because she never got to drink it’s mothers first milk, which is the one that gives them the most important vitamins and defenses. Chilli was found in a dumpster, and the biggest shelter in my state chose me to give her shelter and take care of her, so i must know what i’m doing. And no, i was not feeding her NORMAL MILK, i have the special cat formula for newborn kittens.
Not sure where you live anonymous, but where i’m from (Venezuela) veterinaries do not have time to deal with the dozens of new born kittens that are dumped on the street daily. You know how many other litters were dumped the same day i got Chilli and her siblings? more than 10 other litters. That’s about 50 or more kittens, which would collapse all animal hospitals, IN ONE DAY. New borns need 24 hour care and animal hospitals here don’t have time for that.
What shelters do is have a huge team of people that are willing to take this babies home and nurse them around the clock. Normal people, not veterinaries. And yes, kittens do just get milk in their lungs on their own, one wrong swallow and that’s all it takes. I fed her the right way, i held her the right way as i’ve been trained to do but these things just happen.
I’m never going to pick and choose which animal i’m going to help, when help is needed i’m gonna give it my all no matter what age or state the animal is.
Before saying something as insensitive and ill-informed, know the facts and how things actually work around the world. Maybe in your city there aren’t that many cases like this and animals hospitals can take care of all of them but here we do not have that luxury, so consider yourself lucky.
Chilli has passed away. My heart is broken; she was such a wonderful little kitten and did not deserve this fait. She died in Mike’s arms feeling warm and loved, and most importantly she was not alone.
I’m feeling crushed but this just pushes me to keep helping animals and my local shelter even more. All animals are wonderful creatures and they should never be treated like Chilli and her siblings were.
Thank you to everyone who asked about her and sent her good vibes. I’m sure she felt them and passed away in peace.
Guys please keep Chilli in your prayers, she’s not doing good. Took her to the vet and she’s got milk in her lungs. They gave her a little antibiotic to fight any infection that might happen but there’s nothing they can really do since she’s only a few days old.
For those who don’t know, Chilli is a newborn kitten that was found in a dumpster.
Please send her as many good vibes as you can, she’s amazing and deserves to live and find a good home.