6 April, 2011 at 12:29 am #44390
about 7 days ago,i got an orphan kitten,at first i was given her cow milk,but when knowing it is dangerous to kitten and cats,,,,along the 6 days,my kitten only poop once..she is 2-3 weeks now,,and today is the third day she does not poop yet,,,i dont try the triangle method yet,but will.and i want to ask is vaseline is ok for making the kitten to poop…i already rubbed the kitten belly.rubbing her butt with damp cloth,,pkease help me…is there any suggestion than this,,, i am so worry right now,,,,T_T6 April, 2011 at 1:07 am #654221
Hi Worldfree, I have no experience with kittens myself, but I read posters saying that it is fine for KMR-fed kittens to move their bowels every two-three days.
Are you now giving her kitten milk replacer or goats milk? Goats milk is a good substitute for momma cats milk, I am told. If they are eating something that they can digest fully, they produce little waste (poop). How is she doing otherwise? Is she acting hungry, mewing for her food and sleeping contentedly after? Is she peeing well, clear urine? Is she active? If you gently pinch a fold of skin at her neck, does it snap right back, or does it stay up like a tent, meaning that she is dehydrated? If she otherwise seems fine, and she has already pooped for you once, I would not worry too much just yet, until you an speak with someone more experienced.
It seems to me that a small amount of vaseline rubbed around her anus would not hurt her, but I am sure that more experienced foster-mums will be on soon. Meanwhile you can click on the pink tags on the upper right for more info.
Good luck and thank you for caring for this wee one.6 April, 2011 at 1:14 am #654222
Hey World Free I’m so glad you’ve rescued this kitten.
I hope Jcat, Buttercup and Skyron come around soon they are so much better at posting all of the good articles to read. They definitely helped me the first time I came onto this site.
I would also say bring your kitten into the vet as soon as possible, get her checked out, make sure there aren’t fleas, worms or whatever you.
I have a cat myself who I hand raised at 3 weeks. Please feed it KMR instead, Kitten Milk Replacer, cows milk is awful for them and doesn’t have the right nutrients. At this stage it is very vital they get the right nutrients.
Here’s a picture of KMR that I fed Duchess for about 6 weeks.
Your kitten needs to be fed every 3-4 hours and not be fed laying on the back like a baby normally would, a kitten can choke.
Your kitten needs a warm place to sleep and stay, preferably a small room like a bathroom or guest room. A heating pad works wonders, BUT make sure it’s on low and there’s something over it, like a thin blanket, since it can get too hot. They also need a place to move off of the heating pad and sleep somewhere else. I used a large bin for Duchess for about 2 weeks and then I moved her into an old dog crate that was large enough for a litter pan.
Pooping is not too big of a concern just yet ONLY because if you found the kitten in the road or around the house, or in your yard, wherever it’s momma may have already helped it poop for the day. A momma cat licks their butt to help stimulate them to pee or poop. If you’ve just found it, it may not poop just yet. However, not pooping for 4-5 days is not normal, it can mean they are blocked up. Your kitten should pee everyday, not necessarily every feeding. Keep in mind that sometimes kittens pee and you can’t smell it just yet because their pee doesn’t have a defined scent. When you stimulate it to pee and poop please be gentle. Never rub too hard or force it to pee.
For the longest time I used to think I was doing something wrong until I watched Duchess for awhile and found out she was just peeing in the towel whenever she had to go.
Another thing to realize is a kitten will not poop everyday most likely. KMR is mostly water mixed with a powder [at least the ones I've used]. She will pee more than she poos at first because of what she is eating, which is just formula. Now not pooping every is not a good sign, but like Kiplings_Cat said how is she, active? If she’s fine and active than she may just not want to poop just yet.
A stuffy for the kitten to snuggle up with is always nice and comforting for the kitten especially if it just got separated from it’s momma on accident. I know when duchess was a kitten she loved beating up this little doggy toy I gave her to sleep with.
Other than that I can’t think of anything else to post. Please do not think that I do not think you didn’t already know this, I just wanted it to be out there and known. Good luck and please definitely get pictures as soon as possible we always love seeing new kittens6 April, 2011 at 2:04 am #654223
Hi, We just rescued a week old kitten who is now about 3 weeks and 12.5 ounces. Try running warm water and place the lower part of her body under it while using your finger to rub the anal area. If you have a second pair of hands have them rub the mid part of the tummy. You may need to do this for several minutes. Also rub the area closest to her legs too near the anus. This worked for us.
I would highly recommend switching to liquid KMR as soon as possible.
You can also try adding 2 drops vegetable oil to the formula.
Good luck. Keep us posted.6 April, 2011 at 2:30 am #654224
World Free: If you do run warm water, please make sure the kitten is warmed back up. She can get a chill from that. I never had to do that with Duchess, however when I did have to wash her bum from sitting in poop and I made sure I gently dried her off and cuddled with her to warm her back up. Kittens at this stage cannot regulate their own body temperature at all.
Angrisani: I hope that you warm your kitten back up she’ll get very cold if left to be wet too long.6 April, 2011 at 10:27 pm #654225
The vet recommended blow drying him which he didn’t like at first but loves now- only on warm though….not hot.
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