Constipated or just stubborn?

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    Katie judkins
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    Hi there! We took in a rejected, 3 day old kitten a week ago. Her siblings were dead, mom gone, yet she somehow survived one hellacious thunderstorm and low temps before my son found and rescued her. Since then, she’s been eating like a champ and gaining an avg of 1/2oz per day. She’s got great energy- just determined to survive. We named her “Darwin.” She pees like a tiny, little racehorse, but she was super constipated, only occasionally producing wee rocks instead of the soft, squishy stools I’d expect. Bet gave her some mineral oil, and that gave her one, nice, big stool…and then no poops. I readministered her dose of mineral oil, and she gave another good poop, but that was around 3 am, and so far, no more, though she’s had several wets. Is this normal? She doesn’t seem uncomfortable, she’s still taking nourishment (premixed cat milk replacer, etc. I’ve never hand raised kittens who didn’t poop up a storm after each meal. Should I be worried?

    #868562

    Kittyzee
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    As long as she is eating, peeing and pooping I don’t think it’s unusual. Most kittens become constipated on milk replacer. The mineral oil is good as long as you put it in the milk and mix it as she could aspirate it into her lungs if given by a dropper. You can also try goat’s milk which doesn’t cause constipation, and is full of probiotics for her gut and is nutritionally acceptable for use with kittens.

    http://messybeast.com/handrear.htm

    http://www.2ndchance.info/orphankitten.htm

    Helping a kitten to eliminate

    #868566

    Katie judkins
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    Thanks, @kittyzee. You don’t think suddenly switching her to goats milk might cause gastrointestinal upset, do you?

    #868576

    Kittyzee
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    Well, I don’t think so. I used it on my last two kittens with very good results, in fact it settled their stomachs and got them back on track so they weren’t constipated anymore. If you don’t feel comfortable totally switching to it at first, try alternating it with the KMR every other meal. That way she gets the benefits from both. I did this with the last kitten I raised and it worked fine. The one before him, I switched totally to goat’s milk and he was fine too.

    You can find goat’s milk in the refrigerated section with the other milk, or in the baking aisle in cans as condensed or powdered. I prefer the powdered, because I could mix it up a little at a time and keep it in the refrigerator and then mix more as I needed it.

    #868580

    Katie judkins
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    Thank you! I used the evaporated and mixed it 1:1 with water, and she pooped! Hopefully, she continues to pass stools with greater ease! Again, thanks so much for the advice!

    #868587

    Kittyzee
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    You are welcome! It’s good to have the feedback and knowing that the advice we give here helps someone!! IMHO goat’s milk is a miracle worker for hand reared kittens!

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