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Orphaned kittens: I need help!!!

Posted by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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I took in a female cat about 3 months ago, someone just dropped her off and I found her under my car skinny and hungry. Well 2 weeks ago she gave birth to 3 kittens in one of my kids drawers, everything was fine she was being a great mother. She would go out through the doggie door but always came back to her kittens. On sunday around 10 pm she left and I didn't think anything of it until yesterday morning when she wasn't with her kittens, I waited till noon to see if she went out in the morning and would be back but she never came back. I am sadly sure that something happened to her, now I am trying to feed the kittens I went and bought a kitten milk replacer and a bottle. I am force feeding them every two hours, they still have lots of energy and have urinated almost every time I stimulate but they have yet to have a bowel. I spoke to my vet and she said there was really nothing they could do and that there was no reason to bring them in. I spoke to different shelters and rescue groups and they think I should just keep trying what I am doing, some of them said that because they were so small they worried if brought in to a shelter they would die or catch something there. I don't know what to do, I wish I had someone close by that could show me what to do but I don't. I want them to survive but I have never done this before, I have no experience and am worried that I am doing everything wrong. Please help any Ideas/advice??? TIA

by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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Lvictorio4
by Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:53 PM

BUMP!

RoseWall
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:54 PM

hang in there. you are their best chance.

Lvictorio4
by Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:56 PM

 

Thanks... i just wish I knew more

Quoting RoseWall:

hang in there. you are their best chance.


 

thefinalfall13
by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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You are doing everything right so far. Keep giving the kmr, stimulate with a warm wet paper towel.  Bottle babies are a handful, also make sure you keep them warm, a heating pad on low under a blanket would help if you don't have one just keep them in a box with a blanket in there.  They mostly pee at first so what you're seeing is normal, I've done this with a lot of litters for rescues, you're on the right track just keep it up.

RoseWall
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM

i know  you are worried. hugs

its very likely you are doing everything very right.

just in case  here a few links from google

https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+care+for+orphaned+kitten&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

its a lot of work. so maybe try to recruit some other cat lovers or anyone who  wants to be a part of a life saving operation.

star33
by Silver Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:58 PM

 sounds like you're doing great. when i was young we got some kittens that were not as old as we were told, so we did the same thing you're doing & they were fine.

RoseWall
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 10:59 PM

does anyone else you know have a nursing cat? who would foster them.

LoveMyKBabies
by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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They can get a little constipated when switched from Mama milk to the milk replacer. Don't really worry about bowels unless 3 days pass without any. You can try giving them a couple small drops of mineral oil from the store. That will loosen things up. Just remember to wipe constantly & keep going until no more poop is coming out. If they haven't gone in awhile, the first time will probably be quite a bit.

KyliesMom5
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Just keep trying to stimulate them. Wet a paper towel with warm water. It takes some practice but you will get the hang of it. If you are having trouble with the bottles you can get a syringe from a vet. I think syringes are so much easier to feed them with .
SissyAnn141
by on Jul. 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM

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