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    nikkid6873
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    Hi Everybody! I apologize if this information has been covered before, but I just want to clarify something… I rescued 2 orphaned kittens that are approximately 3-4 weeks old; one Sunday night now named Sprinkles and one Tuesday night now named Cupcake (I rescued them both from a bakery parking lot). Anyway, Sprinkles has been a voracious eater, usually eating about 20-25cc 4 times a day, but she still hasn’t pooped. I have to stimulate her to pee and she pees every time, but no poop. Cupcake was adamantly against the bottle at first but now she’s progressively eating more and becoming stronger. My question… since neither of them have pooped yet, I was going to take the advice in earlier posts and try switching to the canned KMR from the formula, but should I slowly introduce the canned to them or since it’s all KMR is it okay to just switch? Sorry if it’s a stupid question, but I’m worried about my little babies and don’t want to do anything wrong.

    #753045

    jcat
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    Hi, Nikki, it’s all KMR, so I would think it’s okay to just give them the liquid KMR at the next feed, but keep an eye on them so you know if they suddenly get tummy upsets or diarrhea.

    Vanna, I’ve used this supplier (to New Zealand!) and found them very good: http://www.entirelypets.com/kmrkittenmilk28.html

    Or you can buy from Amazon and it looks to be a bit cheaper:

    http://www.amazon.com/KMR%C2%AE-Powder-Kittens-Cats-12oz/dp/B0002ASS0M

    (If you go through the TDK store banner on the main forums page, and search for KMR through the small Amazon search box on the left, a portion of the price will go to this website and help keep it going.)

    #753046

    lindsay
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    Hi there,

    I just brought home an 8 week old kitten who had to be separated a little early from his mom since his brother developed a fairly serious eye infection. His anus seems to be a little swollen, though still pink with some red spots, and he is straining and meowing when using the litter box. His stool seems to be fairly hard, and there has been a couple of times where he’s been unsuccessful and left the box. Last night he did have some very light bleeding after trying to use the box.

    It’s been three days since we brought him home and it did take him a little while to eat, drink water normally, but now he seems to be doing both well (though I’d like to see him drink a little more than he seems to be). According to his foster home he was only nursing occasionally, but I’m wondering if this might be the result of suddenly not having it at all? Otherwise he seems great, good energy (he ‘helped’ me to write this post). We had him on dry and wet food but have since switched him to wet only to see if that makes a difference, and so far it hasn’t, really. I’m trying to be overly cautious since he is so young and new to our house, but am unsure if this is cause for the vet just yet. Any advice would be hugely appreciated! Thanks so much –

    #753047

    jcat
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    Try adding a little water to his wet food and see if that makes any difference. You could also mix in a little vegetable oil to help lubricate things. If it stays a problem, a visit to the vet might not be a bad idea, you will want to take him for his first visit and to sort out his shots etc soon anyway, and it’s a good chance to talk over any concerns you might have.

    #753048

    lindsay
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    Thanks JCAT! Will definitely give that a try…

    #753049

    Jeankit
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    Bumping for newbies

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    bumping again

    #753051

    Triplets
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    Just to add to this excellent advice – I’m learning that patience is key. I have been bottle feeding 3 kittens for a week and there were no poopies for several days. Vet suggested adding 6 – 10 drops of mineral oil per 60 ml bottle or .5cc (that’s .5 not 5 cc or 1/5 of a teaspoon). (The 60 ml bottle is the gnc brand I got at PetSmart). I had seven feedings before I saw results. Also: I got impatient and upped it to 15 drops per 60 ml bottle (the kittens drink about 15 ml per feeding), but I wish I hadn’t done this as it made the smallest kitten lethargic and listless. Better to not panic and let things proceed rather than risk making the kitten sick.

    Ditto on that for feeding, sometimes it takes them four or five drinking sessions before they get their fill. I feed them a bit then they spit the nipple out and we rest/burp and then have little more.

    #808284

    Amy
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    Thankyou so much for this post I’m struggling to get my 5 day old kitten that I have rescued to pass poo! He was found by the side of the road 🙁 but he is now safe warm and eating and passing urine very well! Apart from the poop as I have mentioned!!

    #810663

    Hannah Morton
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    I think this helped me out! I have raised several litters but I have one kitten that is worrying me.. Her bothers and sisters dies in their sleep last week but she seems ok. Vet has checked her out and shes been wormed..She pooped really good the first few days but now we are going on 2 days with no poo..Also I think she is right as 2 weeks and she is drinking goat milk mixed with the traditional kitten milk as she wouldnt take just the kitten milk..So worried about the baby,I have of course used warm water ect and bathed her but i hate to think shes in pain and backed up.

    #810910

    Jeankit
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    Bumpity bump bump for newbies!

    #817265

    jcat
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    Adding tag….

    #818628

    SkowJeff
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    my mother in law found Champa abandoned by it’s mother (along with a dead sibling), in the rain under our fig tree. we were out of town, so we told her to open the tool shed to allow momma cat, if she was still around, to bring her in out of the rain. my in-law also cleaned out the old dog house, but momma did not come back, and the next day, saturday, she heard Champa crying in the mud, so she brought her in to stay warm. the next day, my sister-in-law came by, fed her KMR powder mix and cleaned her, and we came home that night to the tiniest cutest kitten ever. the next day, Monday, Champa took a semi-hard, dark poop by herself right before we took her to vet. he said she seemed ok, other than blood and what could be ear mites in the right ear, and gave us a 10% chance of survival, as Champa was approx 1 week old, with a 20% chance the second week, and so on. we cleaned her ear, and the next day, we pooped her, a liquidy semi solid poop. since then, 7-8 days ago, no poop. we’ve followed every recommendation on this excellent forum, including 1) increasing water content in KMR powder mix to 3-4 part water 2) using infant anal thermometer with lube 3) adding tiny drops of mineral oil to KMR mix… my wife read a couple of bad things about mineral oil, so did not want to give her more than a couple tiny drops for a couple of feedings, so we stopped.. 4) switched yesterday to KMR liquid. still no poop. we call the vet almost every day for the past few days, he said if she’s only having liquid food, no need to worry.. yet. yesterday he seemed a bit more concerned, as we are frantic that she’s not pooping. she eats voraciously (we feed her every 3-4 hours), she burps, she pees a storm, but no poop. we have used warm cotton balls on the anal area, a warm washcloth, the triangle method, nothing. after her relatively peaceful pee, she gets very agitated as we attempt to poop her, but after 2-3 minutes, we give up… any suggestions?

    #818644

    Jeankit
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    Welcome to TDK SJ. Aw, Champa is a wee cutie!
    Hope this link may be of some help for you:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4424821_treat-kitten-constipation.html

    #818650

    Kittyzee
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    Jean gave a wonderful link to kitten constipation. I have a recommendation also. Try getting some pasteurized goat’s milk found in the milk section of most groceries and Walmart or the baking aisle in the groceries and Walmart. In the baking aisle it will be in cans and is condensed, so you can add water 1 to 1, it’s much cheaper than KMR and is a good replacement. It’s full of good flora for their gut and contains L-Lysine for their immune system. It is non constipating too which is what you are concerned about at this time. Good luck with your beautiful calico girl and keep us posted!

    #818686

    SkowJeff
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    Champa had a tiny poo tonite, first one in 8 days, hallelujah! we’ve been doing a lot of belly rubbing, perhaps the change to liquid KMR helped as well. thanks for the tips. now we have “faith in something bigger”…

    #830251

    ivana
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    Wow this is really helpful I did not know that powered formula with constipat them. I’ve had my kitten for a week now and since then she has had problems pooping. I have to go get more formula tomorrow so I will be getting the ready made kind and see if that helps. Thank u so much for the info

    #830252

    SkowJeff
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    yes, once we switched to the liquid formula, Champa became a regular pooper. hope it works out for you too!

    #830255

    ivana
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    I just went to the store and got the last 5 cans they had. I hope it helps our little snowball poop like she should

    #830256

    pussigato
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    Nikki, Lindsey, Amy, Hannah and SkowJeff,

    I know TDKers would love to see your kits as they grow into beautiful cats. SkowJeff – Wee Champa is incredibly precious. Thank you for giving your Callie girl chance at life in a furever, loving home.

    Thank you all for giving these wee kits a chance at life. You are their guardian angels and very special.

    PG

    #830286

    Jeankit
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    Woo hoo – lookin’ for kitty poo! 😉

    #830292

    Tori
    Participant

    Hello all, I have been reading up on kitty constipation, I have a almost 3wk (Wednesday) bottle baby that I have had since day about 1 day old, I started him out on the Hartz brand powder kitty formula as it was late when I picked him up as a rescue from someone and our local Walmart was the only place open late that sold stuff I needed. I did a gradual switch over to the KMR (better formula, so I was thinking) once we were almost done with the can of Hartz, by following my own experience with human babies, of 1/4 KMR to 3/4 Hartz then working to full KMR, we have now been full KMR for about a week. and having poop issues…I had no issues with my guy pooping while on the Hartz ( yellowy/brown toothpasty poop 1x’s day) and finally had to resort to the couple drops of oil to get a decent poop out of him as we were going on the 5-6 day mark. Has anyone found that this is only associated with KMR, I will gladly go back to the cheaper Hartz if it keeps my baby’s poop regular and normal. I do realize that the Hartz seemed to mix much better than the KMR and I am very careful to shake the KMR extremely well…Thanks in advance!

    #835580

    Catherine Ribb
    Participant

    Thanks Chaos. I’ve been trying every kind of stimulation I could think of to get my two new babies to poop – I’ve bottle fed before but never had the constipation issue. I’m going to try the veg oil in the watered down formula and put some vaseline in their little booties. I’ve had them since they were a day old. They just haven’t pooped for a couple of days now. No unhappy kitties allowed in this house (and these two make 5) 🙂

    #863011

    Janis
    Participant

    I brought home 2 newborn kittens abandoned in my mothers flower garden by a Ferrel cat. The male, Sheer Khan has had some trouble with hard stools. I tried the extra water in his bottle. He screamed, and carried on. You would think I tried to poison him. Also it wasn’t mentioned about the body odor. When he wasn’t going at first, he smelled to high heaven. The female, Bagheera is doing fine. She hisses at me when I start to feed her, and purrs when she is full.

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