reply to post by Jetman44
Congratulations on your new addition, Jetman44! She is absolutely beautiful, but then I've never seen a kitten that wasn't totally irresistible.
I have 3 of my own currently (all adults), but have had loads of experience raising and doctoring umpteen litters of kitties. I was always the "crazy
cat lady" in the neighborhood that everyone would bring their sick, abandoned kitties to ~ so I have a lot of experience in that area...
I had a similar situation a few years ago when one of the neighborhood feral cats had a litter of kittens (I always fed the strays so they tended to
stick pretty close to my house, much to the neighbor's dismay...lol) Anyway, mama kitty moved the kittens around from place to place as they usually
do, but she left this one laying in my neighbor's driveway and refused to take it to where she had hidden the others. It was only a few days old and
still had an attached umbilical cord. It's a lot of work but also very rewarding to nurture an animal that wouldn't have stood a chance of survival
without our intervention.
Since I don't know your experience in this area, I hope you are not offended if I offer a few suggestions. First of all, a lot of cats (and kittens
especially) can't digest regular cows milk (especially when it's cold) because of the lactose and it upsets their stomachs and gives them diarhhea. I
always had good success with the feline powdered milk substitute that you can get from any petstore or even at the pet section at Walmart. You will
need to purchase a small nursing bottle and mix the powdered milk with a little warm water, usually fed an ounce or two every few hours. The powdered
milk substitute would be always be my first choice, but in a pinch have used regular evaporated milk with success.
I know this may be a little gross, and I apologize in advance if I offend someone's delicate sensibilities, but many people don't know that a kitten
that age (or a puppy for that matter) is not able to evacuate their bowels on their own (that is usually accomplished at the earliest 5 or 6 weeks of
age, when the mother starts the weaning process. I believe you said yours is only 3 weeks old). This is one of the services that a mother performs
when licking and cleaning her litter, it stimulates the release of their bowels. In lieu of the absence of the mother, since the kitten has been
abandoned, you will have to perform this function yourself. Might I suggest that after each feeding place the kitten on her back, then taking a warm
washcloth and gently stimulating that area until the bladder is released (this will simulate the licking of the mother).
You might already know all of this, but if you don't please feel free to ask any questions you may have. It's always wonderful and joyous to have a
new baby in the household. I hope that you and Caroline will share a very close and loving bond for many years to come! Congratulations again...
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