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  • #609652

    Lisacat65
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    Thanks everyone. Lazarus just ate 20ccs. from his bottle. I put him in his litterbox and he used it!! Yay! His stool is now runny yellow, but not a lot. I am still mixing his kmr with Pedialyte, so hopefully he will be fine. This morning, one of my other cats decided to king of make friends with Lazarus! He wasn’t hissing at him anymore and decided to groom him and clean his bottom! I posted this new picture on Caster.com. I am watching George closely with Lazarus because he gets very, very frisky sometimes and I don’t want him to hurt little Lazarus.

    Well, tonight will me a milestone because I have to go to work for 12 hrs! I hope my husband and daughters can handle Lazarus. Please keep us in your prayers!

    Thanks again everyone for the tips and help! I love looking at all of your kitty pictures. They are all beautiful.

    #609653

    CheetahBoysmommy
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    If George has decided he is going to be ‘mother’ to Lazarus, he will be very protective of the baby. Once the maternal instinct has been turned on in a cat (male of female), it almost always lasts as long as it would if the kitten was actually the grown cat’s real baby.

    #609654

    Lisacat65
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    You guys are SO smart and helpful! I mean it!! Lazarus is doing great! On Friday, I tried some of the canned Royal canin kitten food mixed with some warm milk. It was a great success! He is still eating it mixed with formula this morning! He had a great weekend with my family while I worked all weekend. Plus his big brother, George is still being nice to him and grooming him and gently playing with him. Also, his stools are more formed! Thanks for your great help!

    #609655

    JB
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    Yay, so glad Lazarus is doing so well. The picture with George is priceless, so glad he decided to step in and help with the baby. Lazarus will do so much better with a cat mentor as well as your loving care.

    If I didn’t tell you personally earlier –“I consider everyone who rescues a baby like this and bottle feeds a true Hero!” I am eternally grateful to the unknown (to me) person who did this for my boy who was orphaned at birth and is now the handsome speciman in my avatar.

    #609656

    libbykate09
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    Oh my goodness, Lazarus is adorable! I love the picture with the beanie baby and the one with George. Those are priceless. You sound like you’re doing an excellent job with him. 🙂

    #609657

    pucca
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    I love his little feet in the last picture, and his smile too.

    #609658

    DuchessMom
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    Although some of the questions have been answered, I would say that Lazarus may be ready for more wet food? Duchess originally ate about 3-4 hours, and then after awhile she started wanting to eat 2-3 hours when she was around 4-5 weeks which is the time I actually began weaning her. It did take about two more weeks but still she was more hungry because her appetite was increasing for regular food.

    I think you’re doing a great job, and I’m not sure how old Lazarus is now, but I’m sure he is doing fine. I’m glad he has a little helper. I hope he’s doing better.

    #609659

    Lisacat65
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    Thanks everybody! Lazarus is about 4 weeks old now. He has changed so much in 1 week! He really likes that Royal Canin canned food mixed with his formula! I only bought one can of it though. He will eat the Fancy Feast canned kitten food mixed with his formula, but he likes the Royal Canin better. I will have to go to Petsmart tomorrow and buy him a lot more. I ruined some of his favorite bottles and nipples on Sunday. I was boiling them and walked away! Bad, bad Lisa! Thank goodness my oldest daughter smelled the burning and took it off the stove! He still wants his bottle sometimes. I wish I hadn’t ruined them!! I still am so amazed how George has stepped in to help me out!

    #609660

    HuddysMama
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    George loves his brother Lazarus. They are so adorable, Lisa. Hugs for little Lazarus and big George.

    #609661

    Lisacat65
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    Thanks for the compliments! I sure do love my sweet boy kitties! I think that I might need to find Lazarus a bigger “litter box”. I have been using a pie plate, but he keeps jumping out of it, and looking elsewhere. I think I have some shirt boxes in the attic, I think that is a good size for him. I bought some “Kitten Attract” to lure him into the litter box, but if there is too much, he eats it. So, I have shredded newspaper with a little of the attract sprinkled in the bottom. I am washing some throw rugs that he used the bathroom on too. Maybe he will get the hang of it again. I can’t believe how fast he gets around now. I still can’t get over how much help George is with my little Lazarus! Thanks again, everyone for you help!!

    #609662

    CheetahBoysmommy
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    I just love looking at his sweet little face in your avatar. For some reason he reminds me of my grandson (red hair, pixie looking and a definite air of mischief and attitude about him).

    #609663

    Lisacat65
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    LOL! I really wanted to name him after the main character in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books. “James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Frazier… aka Jamie” That character has red hair and is a highlander. He has a small grandson who looks and acts like him and they call him “Jemmie”. So, sometimes as a nickname I call him Jemmie. Anybody who has read these books will understand why I want want to call my little warrior kitten that! But, he really is my miracle kitten, so his main name will be Lazarus. He is such an awesome kitten, and George is such a great big brother!

    #609664

    Lisacat65
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    Hi Everyone! Since Lazarus is drinking formula mixed with soft food from his saucer, is it okay for me to leave it out all night in case he gets hungry? I have been leaving some Kitten Chow mixed with water and he hasn’t been eating it.

    #609665

    jcat
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    I don’t see why not 🙂 I would.

    #609666

    ladysky61
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    How is little Lazarus doing? He must be getting pretty big. I just love his Catster picture. Makes me smile everytime I see it.

    #609667

    Lisacat65
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    Hi everyone! Lazarus is doing great! He no longer uses his bottle. He drinks his formula that is mixed with the Royal Canin soft food. He is very playful, and gets into everything! He loves to climb into shoes, and Pepsi boxes! George is still a great big brother to him. He weighs 1 lb. 4 oz. now! Thanks again to everyone who has helped us! This site is awesome.

    #609668

    jcat
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    Awwww, you go, Lazarus Jemmiecat!

    #609669

    Buttercup
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    I’m glad we could help some Lisa,you did all the work though. Thanks for being such an awesome kitty Mama(along with George) for little Lazarus. 🙂

    I hope to see frequent pictures of him growing up and well,anything anytime you want to chat. :3

    #609670

    CheetahBoysmommy
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    I see you have some more Catster pictures posted. Lazarus has got to be one of the cutest little kittens in the world. If you haven’t already submitted his picture to Kittenmaster, please do it. The only reason I can think of what Lazarus wouldn’t be The Daily Kitten is if Kittenmaster has as much trouble as I do picking the cutest picture.

    P.S. If you start a new thread next time you post more pictures of the cutie on Catster, then no one will miss a single precious view of him.

    #609671

    DuchessMom
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    That’s great!!! Lazaraus is such a cutie, I love when the fur kind of poofs up since he’s still young. I’m proud he’s not using the bottle. I can understand how hard it is to get a kitten of the bottle.

    #811992

    Kerry S Sharp
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    I am having the exact issue with my little guy. I’m new here and am so glad to have joined. I’ve been upset because I want this little guy to thrive. I think he’s about 2 week’s. .. feeding isn’t as smooth as I have had in the past.

    #812000

    Kittyzee
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    I have had this same issue with 2 of the many of the little kittens I have hand reared. Funny thing is, they were both males! But I will have to say I don’t think it’s the same thing as kneading. It is a frantic grasping trying to get to the bottle and nipple. Make sure that the end of the nipple has a cross-cut in it to let the milk out when he sucks. You can GENTLY squeeze the bottle a bit at first when you put it in his mouth so he can taste the milk. BUT BE CAREFUL that not too much comes out and it goes into his lungs which can cause him to choke and then develop pneumonia. Make sure the kitten is upright or even on all four feet, don’t try and lay him on his back to feed. Sometimes “scruffing” him might work since kittens seem to relax when doing this because their moms carry them like that. Once you get him to relax a bit and the milk is flowing, he should settle down. My kittens only did this at the beginning of the feeding.

    #844926

    Kirra
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    Oh LisaCat65, Lazarus is just so cute!!! I have a oranger bottle baby too called Ozzie, he sure is a character! He just turned 3 🙂 Thank you so much for this post, it has helped me a lot (and thanks to all who commented too!) i am currently raising a little girl kitty who i think is around 18days old. I have had her for a week. She was rescued from a wall by firefighters. She too is scratching on the bottle. She has given me a few frights and 3 trips to the vet for fluids ( i now can do them myself) she still has an eye infection even after a week of antibiotics. I will post my own post up shortly as i am a newby 🙂

    #844937

    Kittyzee
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    Welcome Kirra! When kittens scratch at the bottle frantically, I have found it means they are not getting food fast enough. I don’t know how old your kitten is (Oh! I see, approx. 18 days old)–well you could mix some wet food into the milk and make a thin gruel, opening the nipple up and letting her get more nutrition that way. It worked for my kittens before going on solid food.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by  Kittyzee.
    #844943

    Kirra
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    Thank you Kittyzee! Yes i am thinking of trying the royal canin baby cat food for her. She isnt good on the bottle either and scoffs down too much and we have had a few milk out of the nose issues. Its hard coz if i have the nipple hole any smaller she cant get any and sucks the nipple flat but when its a tiny bit bigger it comes out her nose. Im worried she will get sick from it. Her eyes are open and ears erect but floppy at tge ends abd she is wobblong around exploring and plays a little with my fingers i can also feel teeth so i think she may be ready for kitty grewl.

    #844951

    Kittyzee
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    I would try her on wet food by putting some on your finger, let her sniff it and then if she doesn’t lick it, then open her mouth and put a little on the roof of her mouth. Then she will see what it tastes like. Mixing it with milk to make a gruel is the next step if she doesn’t take to wet food right away. She could just be a small cat and never be very big and the runt of the litter, you never know how old they actually are when you take in a rescue. Congrats on the firefighters saving her in the wall!

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