cleaning up young kittens
I brought home four very young (3-4 weeks old?) orphan kittens from our local shelter this week, one very malnourished. (He's been seen by my vet.) I'll be fostering them till they're ready for adoption.
They all look like they've been living pretty rough, with dried food, or maybe feces, stuck to their fur. Lots of missing patches of fur, and the sickly one had a horrible looking clump of something stuck between his toes---it came off yesterday like the skin of a blister. Yuck! He's got no fur at all on most of his tail, just scabby stuff. I gave them all baths and cleaned them up best I could. But they still have dried, crusty stuff stuck to their heads and faces, so I can't just soak it off. And none of them smells very good.
Can anyone suggest something harmless that might dissolve the gunk, allowing it to be washed off? I'd try mineral oil, but don't want to give them loose bowels! Not that any of them is doing much self grooming beyond licking leftover food & milk off their feet. (I think they're too young to be eating food, but the largest one is doing fine on canned food mushed with KMR. He has no interest in the bottle. Two others eat a little food, then finish up with a bottle. The littlest guy gets KMR only.)