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Questions about 4 week old foster kittens

Im fostering 3- 4? week old kittens brought into the
animal rescue I volunteer at. Ive never done this
before and had questions on what to do for them.
The woman who brought them in found them behind
her water softener but didnt feed or give them water
for 3 days before she brought them in.

This is what I was advised to do to help them recover.
We injected water into their mouths a couple times a
day. Im feeding them pureed baby food- meats. I
squirted into the mouths for 3 days straight Bene bac.
I bought powdered KMR milk but they wont drink it.

Should I be doing anything else?

Can I get them off the puree baby meat? They are
wanting to eat about every 4 hours now ~ 2 jars
between the 3 of them each time. (I was feeding
them intially every two hours)

They dont want to drink the KMR milk or water?
Should I be worried or still prying their mouths
open and squirting it in?

Id like them on wet kitten food but is it too soon?

How soon till their first round of shots are needed?

I have a heating pad covered with a rug and a
towel inside the tent bottom to keep them warm.
Is this necessary now that they are past being in
such fragile health?

They are now gaining weight with round bellies.
They have started to purr when we pick them up.
They are active and playing.

I would appreciate any advice or information you think
I should know or be doing
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Can you mix some KMR into the pureed food? I was told to do this by a feral rescue place when I found my cat at what I thought was 5 weeks but the vet said he was younger. I would doubt they need the heat anymore, do they lay on it? If they don't, then I'd take it out. If they're dehyrated, can you do sub q fluids? Theie bodies soak this in much quicker and it's easier anyway. We do that on the farm for our livestock etc. Right now, since the kittens I'm looking after won't suckle one the bottle, I squirt a little in their cheaks. They're getting the hange of it, they're turning their heads toward the bottle, chewing and sucking every once in a while. They seem to be hungry all the time, they've only had two feedins so far and pee when I stimulate but haven't pooed yet. Also, you need to make the hole a lot larger than it says to in the nipple. I was told this by two rescues as the kittens have to suckle too hard and get discouraged. The one rescue I spoke to said that if the kittens are eating well and 4 weeks plus, age wise, and not already on a bottle, they don't bother, just mix in the KMR with what they're eating. Hope this helps some and good luck... we'll be going through this together since I just got mine tonight. I've never fostered so young. But it was either this or euthanasia tonight. I Hope for the best for both litters.
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Can you mix some KMR
into the pureed food? If they're dehyrated, can you do
sub q fluids? Theie bodies soak this in much quicker and
it's easier anyway. We do that on the farm for our livestock
etc. Hope this helps some and good luck... we'll be going
through this together since I just got mine tonight. I've
never fostered so young. But it was either this or
euthanasia tonight. I Hope for the best for both litters.
Amber
What is sub q fluids? This morning I got them 2 of
them to drink a bit of the KMR for the first time. I
didnt offer them the food right off to see if they'd
drink. One wont drink it. I will mix it in their food.

Its exhausting to be up every 2 - 4 hours.. just like
having a new born baby! But so rewarding to watch
them recover and become socialized. Keep me posted
on how your doing with yours. thanks for info.
Merry
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Sub q is fluid inserted under the skin via a neadle, you could also do an IV drip but sub q is much easer and less time consuming and much less of a hastle. If the kitens are low on blood sugar, they can also add glucose, I think that's right. Last night, I found this site... http://www.2ndchance.info/orphankitten.htm
that answers most if not all your question, the heat, food, etc. Hope it helps.
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