Ok, no sooner does one problem get resolved, does the full moon pop up another.
My younger new mother gave birth on may 30th. Like I said, I was worried about her spastic attitude unlike my other devoted mother. She doesn't appear to be producing milk very well, but is still nursing her kittens. They appear to be swallowing and getting milk, but she jumps up and tries to get out of the room even if they are not finished. I always prompt her to finish her feedings, and she does, but she isn't as concerned about their cries as my experienced mother is.
They all appeared fine last night, but not this morning. I checked in to find one passed on during the night, and one was very listless. I tried to bottle feed him, but he passed on in my hands. I didn't even get a chance to give him any type of sugar.
I tried to allow the other mother to nurse, which worked only one time, before both mothers realized what happened and panicked. I put all back to normal, and have been supplementing the kittens with formula feedings. Mom is still "nursing", but her breasts just don't feel like they have much at all.
Do you have any suggestions to proper feeding and techniques to get them to latch on? Sometimes, they just latch on easily, other times they chew on the nipple and swallow the formula with each chew.
I have stimulated urination in each one, but no feces yet. When should I expect that?
Should I continue every two hours as I have been, or allow more time for mom? Is there any way to stimulate her milk production considering she is nursing them still? Am I going to take away from her production by supplementing them?
Sorry guys, I thought I had it covered when I allowed them to mate. I didn't expect for every situation I haven't encountered to happen all at once. It was defestating to lose those little guys. I don't wan't to lose anymore.