Hi everyone. Mgirlfriend and I are taking care of an abandoned newborn kitten, about 2.5 weeks old, maybe abandoned at birth. For the last 4-5 days or so he seems to have been developing what might be pneumonia, clicking when breathing, coughing and sneezing, and occasional gurgling noises, getting steadily 'scarier'. He still seems to be strong, (for a 2 week old kitten with a cough and a gloopy eye) able to crawl and cry out as well as ever. I'd suspect it might be pneumonia brought on by aspirated milk formula when feeding. We've been careful, but there are times it might have gotten into the lungs accidently. It could also be a side effect of another illness, but from the sounds coming out of the kitten, I suspect pneumonia in some way. We have taken him to the vet, of course, but the problem is, I am in China, where caring for animals is not a big business. We've been to many vets and even the best two we've found, with veterinarians trained in vet colleges overseas, say he is too small and there is nothing they have that can be given to a cat that young. The only advice is about how to look after him while waiting for him to heal by himself. My girlfriend is extremely attached to the poor kitten, having spent the last 2.5 weeks carefully feeding, warming and taking care of business, but she doesn't want to risk trying any treatments that might hurt him themselves. I, in a way, agree, but I also have heard in my research into what to do that young kittens are sometimes given antibiotics to treat illnesses when they haven't gotten any colostrum. I feel there must be something that can be done to give him a little boost in helping himself get better. --------------------- So, the question is, what can we be doing? Any kind of information would be valuable, whether something we can ask the vet to do that they might not have thought of, changing some conditions in the apartment, or even something we can do at home, like mixing something into his milk, having him inhale something, or doing a rain dance which summons all phlegm out of kitten lungs. --------------------- In case it matters, here is the extra background in case you want more information, or just like reading. I'm living and working in China and, having a bit of a soft spot for animals, took in stray kitten maybe a little over a month old who needed a home. I've raised a kitten back in Australia before and although younger, this one was not too hard. She is now about 3 months old and happy and healthy at home, though a bit too fond of sucking on hands and feet when sleepy. I apparently inspired my girlfriend who was already an animal lover to take in her own stray, about 2.5 weeks ago. This one, however, was a definite newborn. He started opening his eyes on the 7th day we had him, so we can guess it was only in it's first day of life when she found him. He was near some bins in the street at and the vendors nearby told her that it had been there the whole time they had been there, with no other cats to be seen. When she brought him in he was as cold as ice and I feared he wasn't going to last too long, but we got him to a vet in the morning and were taught how to feed him and got some pet milk formula. The next 2 weeks we watched him get stronger and open his eyes. There was another scary moment at about the 6th day when for about 24 hours he seemed to lose all strength and life, until he suddenly and rather rapidly recovered to full strength, and volume. Also, his eyes have taken it in turns to become swollen and puss-y looking since opening them. Honey dissolved in warm water seems to banish this for a while, but it's back again now and then. Never looks too serious since the first time. We've been keeping the older cat separate from the kitten for the most part, though it's not always easy to stop a cat going where it wants to go.