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Q: Sudden death in young kittens

October 13, 2008 | By Cindy | 9 answers | Expired: 2100 days ago

Cindy

What are the most common causes of sudden death in young kittens? I have heard of some foster kittens just dropping dead or being found dead, and am wondering what the usual causes are. Thanks.

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Poodlemom417
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Oct 13, 2008

I think most have already named the medical causes of sudden kitten deaths, however, I would like to suggest that some kittens die just because they just fail to survive. Some might have some sort of "defect" which causes them to stop nursing or digesting the kitten formula (if they are hand nursed) and sadly, no matter what we do to try to help, nature just decides that it is best if they go on to Rainbow Bridge. Sometimes, this is caused by bad breeding, other times, just because (with because being the unknown).

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Sheltervt
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Oct 13, 2008

well, there are any of a number of diseases and factors leading to kitten mortality. The more we breed cats, the more diluted the genetic health becomes, and the more open to disease they are. Corona and calici are two upper respiratory viruses that can be lethal in weak little kittens, as well as any of a number of other viruses and bacteria. There are several congenital defects internall that could make a seemingly healthy kitten suddenly die. And there is aways Fading Kitten Syndrom, caused by the parent cats having different blood types, and the kitten being born with a different blood type than it's mother, causing antibodies to clash and the kitten to die.

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Bud L.
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Oct 13, 2008

My daughter fosters orphan kittens. Often the mother cat is dead and she may have passed on a disease to the kittens. Sometimes they just are weak because the mother cat wasn't in good health or maybe she died and the kittens weren't found for a day or two. So many things can happen.

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