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    Jessica
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    Jessica posted an update right now
    Hi all. I am new here. I recently came across a litter of 3 abandoned kittens. The vet says they are about 5 weeks old. They all have upper respiratory infections, but the tiniest one I call Lilbit isn’t doing well. She is weak and refusing to eat . I have been keeping her warm. As well as administering fluids and nutri-cal every hour on top of the antibiotics and eye ointment. It has been 2 days and I am still having to bring her to the vet in the morning for assistance because she won’t eat. I am fighting so hard but I feel I am losing. Why won’t she eat? The vet said she should have perked up and started eating

    #852027

    pussigato
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    Hi Jessica,

    Welcome to TDKland. I’m sorry it’s not on a better note.

    Kittens die – for no other reason than it is their time and there is nothing we can do about it. She was abandoned, malnourished and weak from sickness.

    Alas, when Mom has litters this late in the year, it’s possible she doesn’t have enough of herself to care for the new kits. That’s why she abandoned them.

    Purrhaps, she is needed across the Rainbow Bridge. Remember, your kindness and love is all the she will have had in her short life.

    #852028

    Kittyzee
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    http://www.safehavenforcats.com/newborn.htm
    http://messybeast.com/handrear.htm
    Go to the store and get some goat’s milk in the refrigerated milk section, or in the baking aisle in cans. The canned is condensed, so add water 1 to 1. After you have rubbed some honey or karo syrup on her gums, try feeding her the warm milk, even if it’s with a syringe, one drop at a time. She needs to get some nutrition in her little body. At 5 weeks, most kittens are starting to eat solid wet food mixed with milk, like a gruel. You could also try this if it’s really smooth, with no chunks for them to choke. She probably isn’t interested in eating, since she can’t smell with the URI. Keep her warm, and try feeding her every 2 hours, even though she is 5 weeks. Some kittens are behind developmentally because they have been malnourished. This doesn’t mean that they can eventually thrive and survive. At least you tried to give her and them the best start you could. I posted the links above because they are full of help with hand rearing kittens. I have used them countless times. Let us know how your kittens and you are doing!

    #852030

    Jessica
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    Thank you so much for the advice. I have been using the kitten replacement milk. Is goats milk better?

    #852031

    Kittyzee
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    In my opinion, yes it is as it doesn’t seem to cause constipation like the KMR does. Nutritionally, it’s complete, just as is the KMR, but without the side affects of kittens being constipated. Believe me, constipated kittens is not fun, and if you can prevent it, you DO! 😛

    #852033

    Jessica
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    Then that is what I will do. I will keep you posted on how tonight goes.

    #852034

    Kittyzee
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    Yes please do. I am hoping the best for you and your kittens. The goat’s milk contains probiotics that are great for their digestive systems too. I hope LilBit perks up and thrives!

    #852257

    Jessica
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    I am sorry it took so long to get back to you.I am please to report Lil bit is getting stronger everday. As it turned out she was constipated from the formula and the switch to goats milk saved her life. She is now eating wet food and drinking on her own. Thank you so much. I will miss her so very much when she goes to her forever home in a month (or 2 depending).

    #852259

    pussigato
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    I am soo glad my advice was not to be. Sweet Lil Bit has an awesome meowmy.

    #852276

    Kittyzee
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    WOW Jessica! What wonderful news! I’m so glad that she is doing so well! I know in my experience, that goat’s milk works miracles. It’s such a simple fix, yet many are afraid to try it thinking that the expensive KMR is better. I used it for years too, and had kittens that were struggling to poop and thrive. The goat’s milk fixed that and their early weeks went so much easier. Thank you for letting us know the outcome. My heart goes out to you when you have to let them go. We are here for you if you need us.

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