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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2007, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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New Born Kitten How do I take care of it?

I have a kitten in a box in my barn that seems like the mother has adbandon it. I see other cats area but I don't see the mother around
it. The mother might have got killed on the highway? How do
I take care of it? I bought some kitten milk and bottle for nursing
it at the pet store. What should I do with it? The kitten can barely walk.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2007, 09:42 PM
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Bring it in the house and keep it warm.
Gently bottle feed it and use a wash rag (rubbing it's privates) to stimulate it to go to the bathroom, both pee and poo, after feeding it.
You'll need to feed it every 3-4 hours until it is several weeks old, then you can go a little longer between the night feedings so you get more sleep.
They can be offered canned food (pate style, not sliced or chunks) at 4 weeks old. Some kittens won't eat canned food until around 5 weeks.
Periodically walk around the barn and see if you can hear other kittens crying, especially if they lost their mother.

Good luck!



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Just want to be sure you bought KMR or some other type of kitten formula rather than the milk that is for a treat that they typically sell at grocery stores.

Heidi gave you good advice. This is a time consuming task the baby will be depending on you for everything. I am doing the same thing now with a litter of 5.

Are the eyes open yet? Are the ears opened up or flapped shut against the head?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-04-2007, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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Problems with Kitten

We are having problems getting the kitten to pee & pupe. We have tryed
wiping it with a wet towel. Any suggestions??????
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Eyes are open?

Biggest problem is that it can't go. The stomach area is enlarged a
little. Eating and the rest room is a problem now.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-04-2007, 12:13 PM
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Should pee if you rub gently over the gentals area for several seconds. Pooping may be a day or two...mine did the same thing. Keep feeding her though, she has to eat!

Can you answer the questions I posted above, it will help get a good idea of her age.
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With my last orphaned litter I was having a difficult time getting them to poop. My male cat, LuckyDuck, finally stepped in and showed me how it was done:
He rolled them onto their backs and licked their tummys towards their genitals, sort of gently pressing his nose into their bellies. They pooped and when I tried it (with a washcloth over my hand) it worked!

To get them to pee, I would put a washcloth over my hand/fingers and while the kitten was upright (on tummy or legs) I'd use my fingers and 'massage' their tummy and privates. They would usually wet the washcloth for me. Don't try to hold them in the air for this, they need to be down on the ground similar to when their mother helps them.

I was not 'extremely gentle' or 'careful' of them, I sort of did it quickly and firmly. Mamma cats sort of knock their kittens around a bit. Maybe you are being to gentle and it isn't stimulating the kitten enough?



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