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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-26-2008, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wean These Kittens?

I'm just wondering if I should start weaning the orphaned kittens I have taken in. They are coming closer to being 5 weeks old now. And just in the past few days I've had them, their development has taken HUGE strides! When I first got them, they were barely standing and not yet playing. Now-- they are HUGE, standing nice and tall, running FAST all over the house, climbing up everything, and they all have a full set of teeth. They also go to the bathroom totally on their own. They keep shredding up all the nipples I try to use (and clawing my hands up), because they chew and scratch so hard.

I know they are young, but its just the nipple and clawing issue.... and like I said, they do have all their teeth... When I put a shallow dish on the floor with formula in it, they walk away from it, and cry to me for a bottle.... But if I play "tough love" and refuse to give them the bottle, they eventually lap up the formula, little by little. Of course, it takes them an hour or so to get it all down, because they are being really stubborn about wanting the bottle. But I feel like if I just stick to my guns.... They are just so big, and I really wanna get them to the point where they can eat on their own... Should I just keep putting the dish down until they get the message?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-26-2008, 01:20 PM
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You should be giving them a quality soft food and continue to give them the kitten formula in a bowl. They could be offered round the clock the very small kitten food by Royal Canin stage one also.

Be sure and feed them several times a day the soft kitten food. Baby kittens are alot of work! Sounds like your doing a great job and they are thriving. Now why didnt you post pictures in your post!!!!
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...clawing my hands up...
Ugh! I had forgotten all about that part!
When I bottle fed, I would put the babies in the bathtub and sit on the edge to pick them up/out one at a time to feed. It was INSANE! Kitties crying and scrabbling at the tub edge, the only one 'happy' was the one on the bottle at the moment. ...and even then, teeth in a death-grip on the nipple if I so much as twitched and the claws scrabbling for purchase on my hand/fingers holding the bottle to make sure it 'stayed' and didn't go away until they were done.

Keep small kibble dry kitten food in front of them at all times and begin putting down kitten canned food, increasing the kitten canned and decreasing the KMR. At 5wks they can learn to be big kitties. Maybe cut down the bottle feedings to 1-2xs/day for this week and the rest of their meals on their own, then next week they'll be fully on their own for eating meals.



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Re: Wean These Kittens?

I agree with Merry. If they were not chewing the nipples, I'd think they needed more time for suckling, but as it is, I think they'd be fine drinking formula and eating soft kitten food.

Aren't they sweet little monsters? It's kind of you to care for them!




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