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?