8 August, 2012 at 6:06 am #52422
I am bottle feeding a 2 and 1/2 week old kitten and 2 4 day old kittens. The older one hasn’t pooped in almost 5 days, I’ve read a post that said 3 to 4 days is normal…..but now he just keeps eating and no poop. I’ve Tried changing diet, veg oil in milk, warm baths and of course lots of belly rubs and anal stimulation. What else can I do? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am starting to really get concerned. Thank you8 August, 2012 at 6:35 am #744068
Well, I have good news….Right after I posted that; I did more stimulation on his belly and on the anus with my finger (I put a little oil on my finger) and he started pooing right away. It was at least 6 inches or more, but it was healthy and soft…. so I’m not really sure why he wasn’t going. I would still love advice, in case that doesn’t work again or I may need help with the other two.8 August, 2012 at 7:55 am #744069
You could try to rub harder, and instead of adding oil, add more water so its not as rich. Sounds like he was pretty backed up but 6 inches is a record! I had kittens that went every 5 days or so, and when they learned to use the potty on their own they would not stop going. As long as he goes every 5 days or so he should be ok. Any longer and he should go to a vet or shelter to be given an enema. Also, do not change the diet anymore. Diet changes often cause constipation. Try stimulating him for poo every other feeding to avoid any inflammation of the anus. Sounds like you are doing everything right. Babies have different digestive tracks because they are still developing. You only have about another week and a half until they can go on their own so just do what you can till then. Good luck!8 August, 2012 at 3:15 pm #744070
I agree with adding water to the formula – some formulas are so thick that I water them down quite a bit, constipation or not. Also, while vegetable oil is good because most people have it in their kitchens, mineral oil usually works a little better. As far as diet, which brand is he drinking?
I’ve noticed that KMR is quite constipating, and goats’ milk can be, too. I’ve had the most regular poops feeding Nurturall or All Star. I was getting scared too because one of my foster babies (10 days old) didn’t poop for three days but this morning she had a little smear of poop on her tail, so I assume the rest must be in their blanket somewhere (I’m always cleaning lol). Sometimes even if you stimulate them every feeding, they end up going shortly after, on their own.
I took mine in for a check up when they came into the rescue and one was having a hard time pooping (he would cry and it was very firm). The vet gave me a supplement called “Nutri-cal” that he said should get their digestive systems going so they have more regular poops.8 August, 2012 at 4:12 pm #744071
JeankitParticipant9 August, 2012 at 7:20 pm #744072
Thank you so much. I will add water. He pooped again yesterday too, I am so relieved. I actually changed his diet because he was drinking goats milk, but has lost a lot of his fur almost everywhere…..so a woman from the shelter I’m. Fostering for said he’s missing an enzyme that goats milk doesn’t have so I had to change to Here’s milk replacer for kittens. I also have to kittens that are 5 days old and they are pooing every couple days. I’m hoping I dont have the same problem with them. Thank you again for your suggestions and help.9 August, 2012 at 7:27 pm #744073
I wanted to add that I had a lot of success with pureed pumpkin. I gave my one week old about 2 ccs in a syringe and the next day she had a biiiig poop. She was definitely constipated.10 August, 2012 at 6:38 pm #744074
I have a 10 day old kitten that the mother left behind and i am trying to feed it but it won’t take the nipple any suggestions…??? and she pees but has
not yet pooped …and wondered if not eating would make no poops…10 August, 2012 at 8:45 pm #744075
How long have you had the kitten?
Kittens poop usually every other day, give or take, but if one has been left behind by it’s mother and hasn’t eaten in awhile, he might not have any poop in him. As far as feeding, if he refuses to take the nipple, get an eyedropper or a syringe (without needle of course) and use that to slowly push the formula into his mouth. Be sure to do just a little at a time because if it goes too fast down his throat he could choke and get fluid in his lungs – very bad for a newborn.
At ten days, he should be eating about 5-10 cc/ml at a time, depending on his size, every 2-3 hours. You should start to see little bits of poop when you stimulate him. And before you know it, a big old poop will come out lol.
Good luck with kitty – he is lucky to have you
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