Small kitten: wormy and ear mites. Goat dewormer work?

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by TDG-Farms, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. TDG-Farms

    TDG-Farms Dave (TDG Farms) S.E. Washington State

    Jul 12, 2013
    Howdy peeps,

    Daughter brought over what I would guess is a 6 week old kitten. Its belly is distended and there is obvious signs of ear mites. Before we move onto vaccines and spay, Id like to address the current problem.

    Has anyone ever given kittens goat dewormer? The lady at the farm I started out on used to put a few drops in the ears and seemed to work ok. But then one time, and I dont know why or the details, but she must of used a different kind of wormer and ended up really hurting the cats. So just looking for any input for anyone who has done it and what kind of wormer? Guessing white wormer would be the safest. Any feed back is welcome. Will schedule a vet visit if this cant be done safely here. Thanks.
  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator

    Safeguard at 1cc per 10 lbs.

    Some drops of mineral oil in the ears will smother the ear mites. Vet Rx will also work for ear mites.

  3. mjs500doo

    mjs500doo Member

    Nov 24, 2012
    Boyd, Wisconsin
    We have used mineral oil for years with great success. 2-3 small drops and rub in once a day for a week, then every other day for another week. Clean ears between applications. Keep the ears clean and open. Also check for sign of infection while you're in there. 4-5 drops for adults. Rub in. Vet Rx works too, however I wouldn't use it on cats until you clean all the gunk out and see how damaged the ears are. The "mint" does burn.
  4. liz

    liz New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    This is exactly how I treated the 2 kitties dropped off here a year ago :)

    I also took advantage of the local animal shelters spay/neuter clinic and got Kitty fixed and rabies shot for $50 :)
  5. TDG-Farms

    TDG-Farms Dave (TDG Farms) S.E. Washington State

    Jul 12, 2013
    Thanks for the input. The kitten only weighs maybe 1/2 lb :)

    I think the worms are bad enough that we will just hit the vet in the morning.
  6. SunnydaleBoers

    SunnydaleBoers New Member

    Jul 28, 2012
    Probably not a bad idea, but take note of the active ingredient in the dewormers you have on hand and the mgs/mL on each and make sure your vet knows what you have available. Fenbendazole and pyrantal are the most common broad spectrum for cats/dogs, and I'm betting you at least one bottle of safeguard/panacur laying around somewhere. Granted most vets aren't going to charge much for broad spectrum wormers (especially for an itty bitty little kitty!), you'll probably end up paying more for the fecal. Most likely they're going to want you to do several doses though, so you might end up saving a few bucks. If she has tapes you'll probably be out of luck, depending on what type they are. If you have Albon or sulfa on hand you might want to take note of that too.

    You can use plain Ivomec injectible for the ear mites- you don't want to put more than a drop per ear, and you want to be VERY precise with the dosage. Cats can be pretty sensitive to ivermectin, and honestly I probably wouldn't recommend it for a kitten this age/weight. You'll want to make sure you clean all of the gunk out of the ears before you apply any medication (kitty is going to REALLY love you before this is all over!). You might ask if she's big enough for Revolution- it's a topical product similar to Frontline, but it also treats ear mites, heartworms, and some intestinal parasites- you could kill all your birds with one stone, and would probably be a lot easier on you both. It's a fairly expensive product but I love it for our cats and dogs.

    Good luck! (Oh, and if Kitten needs company we've got at least a dozen barn kittens I'd be more than willing to send your way. We'll even pay for the shipping! :D)
  7. happybleats

    happybleats Active Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    A bit of tea tree oil in mineral oil wipe inside the ears is great for mites..: )
  8. janeen128

    janeen128 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2012
    Edgewood, WA
    That's what I need is a barn kitty or kitties... Sorry no advice as far as worming goes, but I'm sure it she will be fine:)
  9. audrey

    audrey New Member

    Jul 17, 2012
    Lebanon, Oregon
    You can buy kitten ear mite treatment at walmart or whatever. But it does sound like a vet visit is the best choice. 1/2 lb and 6 weeks old? Is it extremely emaciated? WIthout seeing a pictue, I would guess its probably a good bit younger than that. I rescued two emaciated, 5 week old kittens who were 1 lb each. All they did for the first week was sleep and eat, took them 2 days before they had caught up enough on food to have any poo, was super sad.
  10. happybleats

    happybleats Active Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    come on over janeen!! I have too many cats and can have as many as you want lol
  11. janeen128

    janeen128 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2012
    Edgewood, WA
    I wish you lived closer because I would totally take you up on the offer:) I am allergic to cats, so no house kitties for me... I'm going to look at CL or post an ad to see what comes up:)
  12. mlktrkdrvr

    mlktrkdrvr New Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    i second the Ivomec injectable drops in the ears. This is what we used to do in the vet clinic for barn cats with ear mites. Retreat once every 3 weeks
  13. TDG-Farms

    TDG-Farms Dave (TDG Farms) S.E. Washington State

    Jul 12, 2013
    Thanks everyone. We decided to treat here ourselves and just used a Q tip dipped in dewormer to clean out her ears. This way we killed two birds with one stone and were assured that she didnt get to much dewormer right off.