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    Kelli
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    So last Saturday, my husband and I found a dehydrated, unable to meow, barely able to wriggle kitten under our neighbor’s car (the momma was nowhere to be found, and I checked to see if any cats came around after that). The problem is, my husband is the one with experience rescuing kittens, not me, and we were seriously going out to the car so I could drop him at his base for a month-long field assignment. My only help has been a couple of texts from him, calls from his mother, and you lovely people of the internet. The fact that so many helpful links came back to this site is what finally made me register.
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    Anywho, once I got the little guy out of the desert heat and got some fluids into him, he perked right up and got active and vocal. :3 I got a bottle and some powdered, Hartz-brand KMR, and he’s eaten pretty well the past couple of days (though I admit I’m scared that it’s not enough). I keep waffling on how old he is, because he’s small and unsteady when he walks, but his eyes are wide open, he responds to sight and sounds, and he definitely has some teeth (which I know intimately. ow.). I think he might be about three weeks, though maybe four…but some things make me think closer to two. *facepalm*
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    Anyway, he did fine with the bottle at first, then last night started attacking it more than eating. His last feeding I took a tiny tupperware top and poured some in that like a saucer and he went to town on it (after a small, initial mishap with going at it nose-first and sneezing for a minute or so). But then there’s my issues…
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    1. I think I’m burping him correctly, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard a burp. I usually stop after about a minute or two or when he gets squirmy and bitey. I’m not sure if I just don’t know the sound, if he doesn’t need to burp, or if I’m doing it all wrong.
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    2. I’ve stimulated him with cotton balls/washcloths/napkins dipped in warm water and he’s peed after every feeding except the very first one, and it’s a good color; however, he has yet to poo at all. I’ve seen it mentioned that he should be excreting anywhere from twice a day to every 2-3 days, but it’s now been three days and…nada. I saw mentioned about vegetable oil, and that’s been added to the mix for the last 3-4 feedings; my MIL also mentioned honey, which I might pick up at the store tonight to try. I’m not sure if it’s the formula, his former dehydration, or me not stimulating him correctly or enough that’s causing the issue. His stomach is still soft and it doesn’t feel like there’s something backed up, but that could just be inexperience on my part… (Also, would trying litter box training help?)
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    3. I might try giving him wet food soon, but I’m not sure if I need to get a specific kind. I have two three-year-old kitties already and they get wet food twice a week, so I have a stock of Friskies tins and one of Fancy Feast in the cupboard. Is it okay to give baby kitty that, or do I need to look for kitten wet food specifically?
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    4. Not really a problem (yet), but any advice about introducing established kitties to a new kitten is more than welcome. We’ve had Tanis (male) and Cora (female, and a former momma-cat) for a little over a year now, and we adopted them from the SPCA when they were about two years old. They get along pretty well, though they don’t have much to do with each other. Tanis is a lazy cuddle-bug (to humans, at least; he doesn’t want to be near Cora), and Cora is sweet but still a bit skittish and awkward. We haven’t come up with a name for baby kitty just yet, but we’ll get there. ^^;
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    Thank you to anyone who might take pity and help a fellow kitty-lover out. ♥

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    #817653

    Moonshadow_NZ
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    Kelli thanks for rescuing the wee kitty.
    First things first, please please get some other KMR other than Hartz, it does not have a good reputation.
    Kitties don’t poo every day, it can be up to every 3 days and more with some kittens.
    I don’t really have the knowledge to help you with your other queries but someone will be able to help you. Please keep us informed on how things are going.
    What does kitty look like and have you thought of a name for him yet. Oh, is it a him or a her?

    #817655

    Kittyzee
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    Hi Kelli, welcome to the Daily Kitten! Good job on rescuing your new little furbaby! You mentioned getting some Hartz KMR, and I am going to suggest you stop feeding it and get another kind (PetAg makes a good one)or a lot cheaper alternative is goat’s milk, found in the milk cooler section of the grocery, or in cans in the baking section of the grocery or WalMart. Too many bad things have happened to kittens reared on Hartz, there is even a website devoted to people who have lost their precious babies to it. Anyway, I raised my last kitten entirely on goat’s milk. Powdered KMR tends to constipate and the liquid to diarrhea. The goat’s milk is full of good flora for their gut, and keeps them from the aggravation of constipation. Right now, you are doing everything you can to get him to go-oil, stimulating. I tend to think your kitten is older than 2 weeks because he is hungry and attacking the nipple. And another reason you mentioned; when burping him he gets bitey and wiggly. Most very young kittens after feeding, get sleepy and lay on your shoulder to be burped, then sleep. Try adding a little of the wet food (any kind is fine) and make a thick gruel. You say he took to the bowl, so try putting it in the bowl-no big lumps he could choke on. This will also help with his constipation and give him added nutrition. Kittens will either burp or not. Just like human babies, some do it easily and some don’t. I would keep stimulating him after feeding to get pee and poop. But I would get a small litter box, put unscented, unclumping litter in it and put him in it after feeding. Take his paw and scratch in the litter and see if he gets the idea. You can take some pee (on a paper towel or cotton ball) and bury it in the litter so he can smell it. If you get a poop, put it in there. He will get the idea, because cats have an instinctual need to bury their poop.
    I wouldn’t worry too much at this point about the other cats. They will see him, watch you feeding him, smell him and know he is a permanent fixture in your home. Mixing scents is good, by petting him, then petting them and inter-mingling their scents. You need to focus on making sure he survives at this point! Hope this helps, keep us posted on your little fella!

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    Moonshadow_NZ
    Moderator

    Thank you KZ, you’re awesome.

    #817677

    Kittyzee
    Participant

    Awww MS, thank you. I didn’t see that you posted until after I hit submit! Glad we think alike….see you later in the lounge. (((MS)))

    #817857

    Kelli
    Participant

    Thank you, MS and KZ! The information was useful, and you put me a bit at ease. 🙂 He’s a gorgeous baby boy, kinda a light tan color with the potential for some light striping. Haven’t come up with a name for him yet – might not until my husband gets home from his field assignment on the 6th. (Also I’ve just been so tired…feeding schedule + work is kicking my butt!) Until then, though, I’m just calling him the same silly pet names I use with my other two (baby, bucko, sweetheart, pest…XD).

    Thank you for the information about the Hartz brand! I hadn’t known anything about it at all, it was just all they had in the kitty aisle at Walmart when I’d gone. D: I got some goat milk and have been slowing transitioning over to it so he’s not suddenly changing his diet twice in a week. He’s eating well, so I think that’ll be okay.

    Got him a smaller litter box and some non-clumping litter, too. He seems more interested in playing in it, but he is a little boy. X3 After I had stimulated him to pee a little he sat and went in it again, which made me rather ridiculously happy. ^^; When I fed him later he went and sat in there right after, but didn’t seem to be able to go on his own just yet. I tried burying cotton balls in there, but he decided to try to play with them, so…ew.

    I had contacted my local Humane Society/SPCA to see if they could make sure I was doing everything right, and managed to get him to poo a little by lubing a thermometer and putting it in his bum. (The screeching broke my heart!) They confirmed that he’s about 3.5 weeks now, too. 😀 He hasn’t gone poo since, but I figured I’d give him another day or two until I try the same tactic. They said that he had been a little backed up, but it was possible he didn’t have to go poo because he’d been so malnourished that he didn’t have any nutrients to spare, poor love.

    Also! Cora still won’t go more than a few feet near him, but Tanis has been poking around. Tanis kinda runs away from the baby still, which is hilarious. Though they woke me up an hour early this morning because Tanis was leaning over the small barricade I erected to be able to keep that door open (for air flow), backing up every time the baby tried to climb up the boxes to reach him! I swear that Tanis is teaching him how to escape. XD

    #817925

    Kelli
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    Update: He went! Fed him and then he wobbled over to his litter box and went pee and poo. There was like three inches of it! O.o It didn’t quite come disconnected at first, which was gross because he tried to get out of the box with it… Ew. XD Anywho, either he finally got enough nutrients or the goat milk did wonders. :3 I think he immediately felt better, as he’s been more energetic since, and just started playing with his plush-buddy and the bell-ball on his own. 😀

    Had to give him and Tanis baths today (hilarious) when I swapped out the bedding. There hadn’t been any itching when he first came in, and sadly it seemed to start after I went to the SPCA for help. Didn’t actually see any fleas or flea poop, but they were both itching and biting their feet… Now I’m paranoid about how far it might have spread (my bed? me? the couch?). Overactive imagination has ME itching even right after I took my shower. 😕

    Also! Here’s a pic of the wee lad all tuckered out on my lap that I finally uploaded: http://imgur.com/XepVuMV (couldn’t get it to just show up, so here the link).

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