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Last Saturday evening, my wife and I were heading back from a family visit when we saw a kitten in the middle of the interstate as cars were dodging it. I immediately pulled over and had to wait for cars/trucks to pass before I could grab her. She was in pretty bad shape, all skin and bones. We took her home and quarantined her from our other two cats and called an emergency vet, who told us to try and give it bottle nutrients and see if she takes it. They said if she bites the nipple, then try solid food to get her through the night until we can take her to the vet the next day. Well, we tried the nipple and she ripped off the tip with two chomps (why in the world are these bottle tips so easy to tear off?). She swallowed it before we could grab it. I promptly took her to the ER and they ran a comprehensive test on her along with x-rays and radiograph. It turns out, the poor thing was eating rocks because it was so hungry. It has a rock in her stomach that was a little larger than the nipple and the pebbles in her intestines were nearly out of her GI. They don't want to do surgery because of her age and condition. She also has an upper respiratory infection, ear infection, ear mites and fleas. I wouldn't be surprised if she has intestinal parasites as well, but we didn't have a sample at the time.

Well, it's Wednesday and we've been treating her for the infections and got rid of the fleas. We can't treat the mites until 8 weeks they said. She's eating a lot and pooping (a little pasty, but not completely runny). Her energy is extreme and wants to play all the time. The vet said to watch for signs of obstruction and take her in as soon as signs become present. This doesn't stop me from worrying about the rock and nipple tip. Obviously she needs these out of her stomach ASAP, but her next follow up is in another week. That seems too long to me, but multiple sources keep telling me that same thing.

Anyone had this experience? I'm willing to do whatever it takes for her to be healthy.
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Hello, BDK103, and welcome to the forum! Unfortunately I don't have any experience in a situation like you described, but I wanted to say you're awesome to have rescued her! Let's hope the poor thing will get over all the difficulties. There are probably good chances because she's so playful, and that's really a good sign. Please keep us posted! I personally wouldn't worry too much about the nipple tip since it's soft and should go out easily causing no harm, however a rock can be a problem. BUT I hope it won't be. Have the pebbles you mentioned all come out?