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    Hello everybody, the name’s Victor. I’m new here so if I’m posting in the wrong place, go easy on me.

    So, last friday (May 5th 2017) a momma cat brought her 4 kittens (2 1/2-3 weeks old) up to our porch in the middle of a rain storm. 3 were healthy and one was on his back, away from the litter, drowning. We scooped them all up and rushed the little guy who was drowning to the hospital. Long story short, they’re all “healthy” now and with us until we can foster them off.

    So, my problem is; they haven’t pooped. Not even the day we got them have they pooped. We brought them to the vet and he used a thermometer to take their temperatures. Their was feces on the end of the thermometer, which he said means they must be pooping somewhere. I’ve searched the bathroom and haven’t found poop. Is it possible the kittens are eating their own/each others poop? I’m kinda lost for answers and super worried about them. We stimulate them but they only pee, and haven’t had luck making them poo. Any advice would be great!

    EDIT: They are very happy and active. They purr, groom themselves, pee, etc…

    • This topic was modified 2 weeks, 4 days ago by Profile photo of victor victor.

    #858912
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    No, they are not eating their poop. Sometimes it takes a while for a kitten to have enough waste to poop, since now they are getting good food and milk. It takes a lot of stimulation for some of them to poop–I know, as my kitten than I am hand rearing now waited 5 days before he decided to poop! And when you have them on powdered KMR, or powdered goat’s milk, it tends to bind them up so they don’t poop like if they were on the liquid. So, you can add a little olive oil to their formula, and keep trying, they will eventually poop.

    When you first get them up, and you are peeing them, try to poop them too. Then again after they have eaten. 😉

    #858933
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    Thanks for the quick reply! So one finally pooped today (very little) and the rest haven’t. They’re very playful, always hungry, and not lethargic at all. I’m not THAT concerned yet, but I’m beginning to become concerned. I’ll give it a day or two and if they continue to struggle to poop, I’ll bring them back to the vet. I’ll also try olive oil in their food tomorrow; but how much would you suggest putting into the KMR? Is mineral oil also acceptable?

    #858939
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    Olive oil and mineral oil can be used in their formula. Do not give them the oil separate from the milk like say, in a dropper, as they can aspirate the oil into their lungs and can cause pneumonia. Oil is thick and harder to clear from an airway. Just a few drops in a small bottle is sufficient. Do it each time you feed until you see results.

    #858993
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    How is Viktor doing now?

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