Orphaned kittens: I need help!!!
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