I'm feeling the need to respond...Marcia please take this the way it's intended and that is not meanly.
I agree that it's very sad this baby isn't with it's mother anymore, no argument.
The bit that I'm finding...difficult is the bit about not leaving the kitten alone for hours, and here's why:
-a feral kit, or litter, would definitely be left alone for hours ta this age. Sure, not many, and luckier kits might have siblings, or a more dedicated mum from an area where hunting is easy, or even an older sibling or aunt to keep them company...
-regardless of that, some people have to work and businesses (or wherever people work) aren't always ok with, or conducive to, having a very young kitten at work with you.
I'm not completely disagreeing...but it's not always an option. For example, when I first got Torri I was working. I HAD to leave her alone while I was at work. i was lucky enough to work close to home and I could (frantically) drive home, feed her, give her a snuggle, and then get back to work on time (barely, if I was lucky). My boss wasn't always thrilled with this, but we made it work until she was closer to 7 weeks and could be left the full 8 hours. Keep in mind she was left in a room with all her toys, blankets, scratcher, and two litter boxes.
Doran go to come to work with me, which basically meant I had no breaks ever until her hit 7 weeks and could also stay home. I had to feed him on my 15 minute breaks, and my lunch break, and my bosses were happy enough to let me extend my 15 minute breaks enough to actually feed him, although not myself, if I took shorter lunches. The result being I stuffed whatever was closest into my face and Doran slowly suckled his bottle...little brat
Muffin was 4 weeks when I got him as well. I was not within driving distance, and could not bring him to work with me. There was no option. I hated it, but he did have Doran to keep him company. I had to be very inventive about feeding, since if I left food out with both of them Doran would scarf it all down and Muffin would be left hungry. It wasn't optimal, so I had to choose between company or food. Food won.
Basically what I'm trying to say is that there are worse things that could be happening to this kitten...like being out on the street alone, hungry, and with no one to look after it at all. Being left alone for an average work shift is comparably minor...although not ideal by any means. Don't get me wrong on that.
Sorry, this is a bit of a sore subject for me. Muffin, Torri, and Doran all made it through their kittenhoods just fine and very healthy. They had 'less than perfect' care for about 2-4 weeks (keeping in mind when I was off work they were literally attached to me and getting all the learning and cuddling and play they wanted). None of them fared badly because of it.
...*sigh* I think that came off more rant-y than I intended. I promise my tone was respectful and explanatory. Not condescending, irritated, ect.