Feeding my 4week old kitten wet food, later she poops & it looks like the food

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    Bobbi Nikole
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    My boyfriend found a baby kitten while at work in the ditch and brought her home to me. We took her to the vet to check for parasites, and any illness. The vet guessed her to be around 4 weeks old. The vet was also feeding the baby wet canned food out of a syringe (That was be first time she had ate in our care, we could not get her to eat when we first got her home) She took it just fine. She didn’t eat a lot, but did eat some.
    When I got her home I fed her every 2-3 hours (now that I knew how to properly feed her), or whenever she seemed hungery. Later that night she pooped, and it looks just like her food.
    I was worried that she wasn’t getting the proper nutrition she needed, so I went to Tractor Supply and got some KMR powder.
    She loves it, but the vet said the wet food would help her grow better.
    But, every time she eats the wet food she poops and it looks JUST like the food…. Confused, and need any help I can get!!

    #849016

    Kittyzee
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    If she is only 4 weeks old, she is a little young to be eating wet food. I would mix the wet food and the milk into a gruel. This will get her system used to handling wet food, and her body will get the nutrition from both. Usually you don’t start a kitten on solid food until around 5 weeks. I understand that you are only approximating this kitten’s age, since no one knows how old she is. Since she is able to eat wet food and more than likely she has small teeth, it’s okay. Just do the wet food/KMR mix for now, and you can also give her the KMR. We actually like to recommend goat’s milk, as it’s easier on the digestive system. The KMR tends to constipate kittens. You can get it in the refrigerated milk section of the grocery, or in the baking aisle in cans. The canned is condensed, so add water 1 to 1. You can supplement her wet food/milk mix with just plain milk or formula to give her more hydration and she will like it. I’m going to post a couple of links for you on hand rearing kittens, there is a lot of info in them but will be useful for weaning and litterbox training.
    http://www.safehavenforcats.com/newborn.htm
    http://messybeast.com/handrear.htm

    #849017

    Bobbi Nikole
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    So…. Do I not feed her any wet food, unless it’s mixed with the milk?
    I’m sorry. I’m new with all this. We have many kittens, but, of course we have the momma cat to take care of them all!

    Is there many kinds of goat milk, or just one kind?
    Also, the kitten bites the nipple of the bottle instead of suck, so that makes feeding difficult.

    #849022

    pussigato
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    Hi Bobbi,

    Thanks to you and your BF for helping this wee kit. Yes, she is a bit young for just wet food so feed her wet with milk as a gruel for a couple more weeks. As KZ mentioned Goats’ milk gives her added benefits but more importantly the Goats’ milk must be pasturized. Just about every packaged milk will be but read label. She’s biting the nipple because she isn’t getting enough fast enough. Make and “X” across the top of a new nipple so more milk can flow. Watch her so she doesn’t aspirate by getting milk in her lungs.

    PG

    #849030

    Bobbi Nikole
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    What is a gruel?

    I did or an X on the nipple of the bottle… May need to make a bigger one???

    What do I need to watch for with milk getting into her lungs?

    #849031

    Bobbi Nikole
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    I also heard that putting imodium a d or pepto bismol to settle their stomach works for puppies.. How about kittens?

    #849035

    Kittyzee
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    Do NOT put immodium or pepto bismol into your kitten. It could be fatal. That means it could cause death.
    A gruel is a thin soupy mixture of wet food and formula or milk. I guess I thought this kitten was found in a ditch and had no mother. But now there is a momma cat? She is grabbing at the nipple because she is hungry and isn’t getting enough through the nipple.

    #849039

    Bobbi Nikole
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    The momma cat to this kitten is not around. I have another adult cat, but she will not take this kitten in.
    We have 5 other kittens. They’re already eating kitten food!
    In the comment above where I was talking about the other kittens and the momma cat, I was saying that I’m new with all this, such as taking on the role of a momma cat. We have many kittens, but, of course we have their momma cat around to take care of the others!

    This kitten was found in the ditch while my boyfriend was working. He brought it home thinking the momma cat we have would take it in.
    She will not, for some reason.

    We have kept this kitten seperate just so we see that it is getting the proper nutrition.
    We’ve kept the baby inside because where we live the temperature sometimes drops down into the 70’s and this little girl gets cold easily.

    Sorry for the misunderstanding!

    Im assuming the babies stomach will settle on its own?

    Also, how would I mix the gruel?

    Once again. I’m so sorry for all the questions.

    #849040

    Bobbi Nikole
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    The momma cat that we do have, *NOT this kittens mother* is weening our other babies. Therefore, she’s not letting this baby suck on her!

    #849044

    pussigato
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    OK Bobbi. Take the milk and some wet food, and stir it up. Do this until there is some substance to the mixture but not chunky.

    The Goats’ milk has a bunch of probiotics and nutrients. I believe this kit needs those because she was abandoned. The Goats’ milk is low in lactose, which will ease her tummy. Cats are lactose intolerant so cow’s milk isn’t good for them. When feeding her, place her on her feet. Do not hold her on her back. If she’s on her feet she will have less of a chance of aspirating. A kitten that aspirates milk formula will usually have milk flow out the nostrils, coughing as well as have fluid entering the lungs. In severe instances, the kitten will have immediate difficulty in breathing.

    To keep your wee kit warm put a heating pad, set on LOW, wrapped with a blankie or towel in her own nest. Kittens can’t digest food when they’re cold.

    Don’t worry about the questions. We’re not vets. but have had experience is raising kits.

    BTW, I can understand momma cat’s attitude. “Another one? NO!”

    PG

    #849049

    Kittyzee
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