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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-29-2019, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Orphaned newborn kitten

Sunday we found a newborn kitten. No mom, no littermates only a hunger hawk circling above. We scooped up kitty and brought it to safety. We did go back to the area and its surroundings hoping to find mom or the littermates. No signs of anyone. We estimate kitty to only be a few days old since kitty has a dried up umbilical cord still attached. Eyes closed, ears closed, very vocal and squirmy. No signs of injury, distress, infections, or even fleas. We have been bottle feeding with KMR and keeping kitty warm in a box with heating pad on bottom , we had an old fleece blanket and fleece sheet that we have cut up and made a nest. Peeing regularly with stimulation and sometimes without. We used the triangle method today to finally get kitty to poo. Only a small brown poo was eliminated. But after kitty's 6pm feeding I dont know if it was how my daughter was holding kitty and the promoted stimulation kitty to really eliminate a sizable amount of poo. Enough we had to clean up kitty and my daughter had to change her top. Upon weighing kitty Monday and Tuesday kitty weighed in at 110 grams with no change. Today kitty weighed in at 117 grams in Afternoon, we weighed kitty again before 6pm feeding and we got 125 grams. I'm sure kitty is back to 117 grams since the pooexplotion.
Kitty is even purring and snuggles its face into our hands and falls asleep. I spoke with the vet and was told to wait until kitty is at least 5 weeks to bring in. I never had a kitty this small so any advice is appreciated.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 06:33 AM
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You may not like my suggestion....Thank you for rescuing this poor little kitty that surely would have been a meal for the hawk, but for kitty's proper upbringing, suggest you contact your local humane society, cat rescue or failing that find someone who has a mother cat with young kittens. If kitty is properly introduced with scent swapping, most mother cats will accept a kitten that isn't its own. Kittens go through a very important socialization from the time they are born to 3 months old, where they learn their cat manners through discipline by the mother cat and the rough and tumble play with their litter mates when they are kittens. That's when they learn to control their bite and claws, and read and understand "cat language" in communication. It's not uncommon for a hand-raised kitten that has not had that experience to end up being a cat that bites hard and uses its claws on people. If you want to keep the kitty, offer to pay for its upkeep, vaccinations, etc. when it's ready to leave the litter for a new home. All the best.

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