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  • #837666

    Divine
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    Hello! I’m kind of new to this but about 3 days ago, my boyfriend and I have taken in a small (I think tabby) kitten from a friend of ours because he found an abandoned litter of kittens in his backyard and decided to give them to anyone that wants them. Our friend of ours also guessed they were about 3 weeks old with no shots etc. Right after we got Michi (I’m guessing he/she is female after checking..) we noticed she had fleas, maybe not too much but not too little either. We went to PetSmart and got her powdered milk formula for food and a flea comb. We attempted to find the right flea shampoo for her but all of them are for about 6 weeks+ kittens. I was wondering if anyone knew any way to get rid of the fleas in a safe manner and how to bathe them especially the head since I did my research and found out that we should avoid washing it. Also, I would like to know how often we should bathe her ><

    I also have a few more questions but I will get into it after my little story (I’m sorry…) So, because we did not know exactly how old Michi was, we attempted to feed Michi powdered milk formula through a bottle but she ended up biting off the nipple (my boyfriend instantly freaked because he had to get it out of her mouth…) and so we fed her the milk through a small bowl. After feeding her, we would stimulate her in order for her to pee and poo and she’s been pretty good at that because today, she peed on me twice in the car (we bring Michi everywhere) by accident and so we figured we should buy her a litter box because now we know that she knows how to pee on her own haha xD. However, she does not really poo often, is that normal? We did more research and found out that biting the nipple means they can eat solid food. So we transitioned her into feeding her canned food with a bit of warm water since thats what the can said and she quickly knew how to eat (phew!). Sometimes she would eat a lot and sometimes she would eat a little after burping her. Since we did not really have a scale to weigh her we didnt know how much she should eat and whatnot but because she was found abandoned we decided to let her eat atleast 4-6 times a day. It’s been three days and I can still feel her bones (spine, ribs…) I’m sure I’m just overreacting since its just been three days but shouldn’t she have a little bit more meat on her by now…? Is there anything else we can feed her so she can get more meat on her bones?

    From the experience, can you determine the age of Michi? I am so sorry for the long description! ><

    #837668

    Divine
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    Also! if it helps with the age but she started to open up so she’s been playing and pouncing with the toy we bought her 🙂 and I have another question! How do you teach a kitten to stop nibbling? (nibbling or biting, I don’t really wanna find out which one it is since i instantly just remove my finger) I mean, I read that hissing would eventually teach her that it’s not a good idea to nibble.. I would do that and sometimes she would stare at me and back off, sometimes even licking my finger or completely ignore me and continue to nibble >:( I don’t know if it’s because I suck at hissing or… haha

    #837675

    Kittyzee
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    Hi Divine, yes your kitten is much older than 3 weeks, I would GUESS at around 5 to 6 weeks, but of course that is a guess. Just feed her the wet food, you can mix the formula with it sometimes for extra nutrition, or feed the formula separate in a bowl. Goat’s milk is great for helping them nutritionally ( no cow’s milk as it contains lactose and most cats can’t process it well). It’s in the cold milk section or in the baking aisle in cans as condensed so add water 1 to 1. She probably has worms (all kittens do) and when you take her for her first vet check they will give you something to kill them. They keep the weight off kittens until they are killed and then the kitten ususally picks up some weight. You can bathe her in warm water and DAWN dishwashing liquid, as DAWN kills the fleas. You can wash her face and ears (this is where the fleas run to because there is moisture there for them) with a washcloth and you can do it a few times a week until they are gone. At her age you may be able to get some ADVANTAGE II and put a couple of drops on her fur behind her neck and this will kill the fleas. Make sure you dry her well after her bath and use a blow dryer on her on low heat to get her completely dry.
    All kittens chew/bite until they learn than it’s not appropriate. She obviously understands the *hiss* since she stopped and licked you. 🙂 Get her some toys she can flip, carry, bite, bunny kick and a wand toy with feathers that you can teach her to chase and eventually catch. Keep us posted on her progress, congratulation on your new family member!

    #837676

    Kittyzee
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    Just a side note Divine, don’t buy any Hartz flea products as many times they have ended up making cats/kittens sick or cause fatalities. Even flea collars have caused neuro toxicity and some cats never recover. The baths for now and then later a good flea product, you can talk that over with your vet. Frontline has always been my go to for the cats, but it just doesn’t work anymore, the fleas have built up a resistance to it around this area.

    #837689

    Divine
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    Hi Kittyzee! Thank you so much for your response! Yes, we definitely need to take Michi to the vet for vaccinations to get rid of her worms, fleas, and other things but we are currently determining which vet is right for her as well as prices and whatnot… We will definitely use DAWN since we’ve heard many good things about it 🙂 I’ll let you know how that turns out. We figure that we would bathe her atleast 2-3 times a day using DAWN as well as purchasing the ADVANTAGE product.. hopefully that will clear her of fleas. Yeah, since we didnt really know what type of toy she would be into we only got her one hehe. but she will surely get more 🙂 yes, I have heard many negative responses toward flea collars and decided against it. Thank you so much for your help! we are very excited on creating new memories with our Little One :)and I will keep you guys updated!

    #837690

    Divine
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    Hi Kittyzee! Thank you so much for your response! Yes, we definitely need to take Michi to the vet for vaccinations to get rid of her worms, fleas, and other things but we are currently determining which vet is right for her as well as prices and whatnot… We will definitely use DAWN since we’ve heard many good things about it 🙂 I’ll let you know how that turns out. We figure that we would bathe her atleast 2-3 times a day using DAWN as well as purchasing the ADVANTAGE product.. hopefully that will clear her of fleas. Yeah, since we didnt really know what type of toy she would be into we only got her one hehe. but she will surely get more 🙂 yes, I have heard many negative responses toward flea collars and decided against it. Thank you so much for your help! we are very excited on creating new memories with our Little One :)and I will keep you guys updated!

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