3 November, 2010 at 9:38 pm #41495
Hello everyone. I just found this site today. im having trouble feeding this baby kitten it looks like its about 2-3 weeks old its eyes just started to open and they are only open every now and then. When it comes time to feed him he gets really restless i have a baby kitten bottle to feed him but he doesn’t seem to like the bottle feeding. i have KMR liquid that i got from the vet the other day. the kitten seems to cry all the time as soon as it wakes up and when feeding and when tyring to get it to go back to sleep. the only time it doesn’t cry is when i have him in my hoddie or laying next to me on my bed. the biggest thing im worried about though is feeding it. ill try and give it the bottle then it pushes it away and then it cries, ive been getting it to eat some and its not weak but im just worried and i dont want anything bad to happen to the kitten. any help would be great thank you.3 November, 2010 at 9:51 pm #611243
here is some pictures of my new baby kitten3 November, 2010 at 9:59 pm #611244
not all babies take to bottles. Have you got a syringe you can try feeding him with? Another thing is that he has to be warm enough to eat. If he’s cold or hypoglaecemic, he wont want to eat, and they literally become like cranky hungry human babies. Try giving him a little pedialyte, keeping him somewhere warm for half an hour or so, and then try feeding him again. With a syringe you can feed him one drop at a time, but that way you can make sure he’s getting food.3 November, 2010 at 10:09 pm #611245
Make sure you aren’t holding him on his back – kittens need to be on their tummies to eat or else the milk goes into their lungs.
If you have a Beanie Baby or other small squishy toy, put it and the kitten into your hoodie. Then when you have to put him back in his bed, he’ll have something comforting with him. Does he have a hot water bottle or something like that in his bed? If it’s under half his blanket he can move on and off it when he needs to warm up (or cool down).
He is a very cute little guy.3 November, 2010 at 11:15 pm #611246
You’ve got great advice above from Skyron and CBM
Some helpful sites for you and your baby:
Also, if you click on the pink tag, orphans, you will see loads of previous helpful threads on raising kittens. Welcome to TDK!6 November, 2010 at 1:48 am #611247
hey everyone well ive gotten the little one to start eating more and he doesn’t cry quite as much. hey skyron thanks for the info also you said give him some pedialyte, do you have some info on what exactly i should get? like what type or something i went to the store today and looked but i had no clue what i should look for or get. i started reading some of the boxes and they all said do not mix or dilute. so im not sure what to do. ok last question is. yesterday i got him to eat quite a bit then he had a solid boul movement, but after that its all been really runnin whit a little bit of solids. im not sure if i should take him to the vet to have him checked out or if this is normal. His last to boul movements have been liquid. all i have been feeding him is KMR and some whiskas cat milk.6 November, 2010 at 2:29 am #611248
Not much point in giving him WHiskas cat milk, that’s really just for (grown) cats who really like milk. A vet check is never a bad idea, you should get him one soon in any case so might as well do it now. Hopefully the vet will check for parasites as well, which could be causing the runny poop. Any pedialyte that is suitable for babies should be suitable for kittens but you can also make it at home — check out this recipe:
Use the tent test to test kitten for dehydration as well as that is a big danger for kittens with diarrhoea. Liquid bowel movements are really best checked out by a vet as soon as possible.6 November, 2010 at 2:33 am #611249
Welcome to TDK ~ all babies should go to the vet as soon as possible, regardless of their ‘health'; since your little one is having bowel problems, take him to the vet ASAP… please. He’s so young, he can get sick very quickly! BTW, he’s really precious, thanks for sharing the pics.6 November, 2010 at 3:21 am #611250
Use the pedialyte instead of water to mix dry KMR. Or just add some to the liquid KMR with each feeding. When it says not to dilute it, it’s talking about the best way to use it for a human. I don’t think the manufacturers really considered that it would be used for orphaned pets. It increases your new baby’s chances at survival by helping to balance his blood chemistry and making it more likely that he (or she) will stay hydrated.
If at all possible, carry the wee one around with you as much as you can. Put on your hoodie backwards and nest him into the hood. Or make a sling out of a scarf of piece of fabric. The idea is to keep him close to your warmth and heartbeat which will make him feel secure and will help keep him from crying so much.
When you got the KMR from the vet, did you take the kitten in? If not, do call on Monday as ask if you can get an appointment. The survival rate of hand-raised kittens isn’t as good as those fuzzbabies who still have their cat mamas. You want to give this little cutie as much chance as possible.6 November, 2010 at 10:55 pm #611251
thanks everyone for all the help so far. ill give the vet on monday and set up an apointment asap. i also herd from my mom that adding a little pepto bismol could help with the liquid when i was young we used to rescue all kinds of different animals and try to help them. thanks again everyone. i really appreciate all the help i want this baby kitten to be big and healthy.6 November, 2010 at 11:12 pm #611252
No no please don’t use Pepto Bismol,it has aspirin in it! Human drugs can kill cats!
“Salicylates can be fatal to cats. Bismuth subsalicylate should NOT be given to cats except under direct supervision by your veterinarian.”7 November, 2010 at 4:57 am #611253
ok thank you buttercup i haven’t given it any. i though it would be best to wait for a reply on here. thank you very much for the information. the last thing i want to do is give him something that could possibly make him very sick or posibly be fatal. thank you again ill still with the KMR then go get some pedialyte tomorrow when the store opens.
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