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Hello, There are a lot of stray cats in my boyfriends neighborhood and his mother leaves food on her porch for them so they have started to come around a lot. A two cats just gave birth to a litter under her porch and they are starting to walk around and she is noticing blood everywhere. It is coming from the kittens noses. Is there something store bought she can buy to help save the kittens? There is no way she can take every one of the cats to the vet and she cant treat only a few because the other cats will just give it right back to the treated ones, right?

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This is a pretty overwhelming problem you have going on here. Your BFs mom needs to start trapping these cats and having them spayed at a low cost clinic or somewhere or pretty soon there will be HUNDREDS of strays around there.

Since you have no way of knowing why these kittens are bleeding there is no way for you to treat them with anything. What are you going to use if you haven't got a clue what's wrong?

She needs to call animal control and remove these cats or start catching them one at a time and getting them taken care of. Being strays they could all have leukemia or be spreading viruses amongst themselves that may not be fatal like leukemia but are nonetheless really severe diseases.

There is no easy answer to this situation at all. I would call animal control Monday and have them bring some live traps or you catch the mom's first yourself and get them spayed.  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT

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PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!

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I have over 35 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love.

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Licensed with California and Oregon, RVT and CVT. Certified Veterinary Dental Technician Have over 550 logged hours of Continuing Education Credits(that means I keep up to date!).

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Nominated for Expert of the Month for the last 5 years.

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