HELP! 3 Day old kittens not pooping

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    Taylor
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    We took in 4 kittens born 3 days ago and since then they have peed perfectly and haven’t had any problems eating. The only issue we have had is they haven’t pooped. We have had them for 2 days now.

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    pussigato
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    Concats on rescuing these 4 kittahs. Without you, they wouldn’t have had a chance.

    Concentrated KMR can cause constipation so in TDK land we recommend Goats milk. Cats are lactose intolerant and can’t digest cows milk. Goats’ milk is full of nutrients, probiotics and gentler on their tummies. This can also regulate the poop. You can find it in the dairy section or the concentrate in the baking aisle. Mix the concentrate 1:1 with water or pedylite. If, at any time, they seem lethargic put a dab of Karo syrup or honey in their mouth. Also, a smidgen of mineral oil in their formula can usually help them poop.

    After every feeding, gently massage the anus and urinary orifice with a cotton ball or Kleenex moistened with warm water until they urinate and defecate. Be very gentle when you do this and don’t worry if no urine or stool is produced after every feeding. By the time the kitten is three weeks old it should be able to get by without your help.

    #866623

    Kittyzee
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    I wouldn’t worry too much yet about the kittens not pooping. You have only had them for a couple of days and they are just newborns. The first poops they have will be very dark, it’s called meconium. The poop will lighten up with the KMR or other formula. They don’t have to poop every day, but should every 3 to 4 days or so…because it’s not mama’s milk, they tend to get a little constipated.

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    Taylor
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    We went to the vet today since their tummies are so bloated and they are going to give them a warm water ennama. One of them started to poop a little but it was so hard and only came out after a thermometer was inserted.

    #866659

    pussigato
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    That’s not usual. Their stool gets hard and makes it very difficult for them to poop. Hopefully, the enema will get everything started.

    #866662

    Kittyzee
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    Well that’s awesome! That thermometer trick is also a trigger for getting them to poop, (or a Q-tip with some lubricant like vaseline) inserted just into the rectum. It gives them the ‘poop’ sensation sometimes and makes them want to evacuate. Good to know they have been to the vet and are getting checked out.

    You can add a couple of drops of mineral oil or olive oil to their formula to keep their stool softened and makes it easier for them to go. Once they start solid wet food, you usually don’t have to worry anymore.

    http://messybeast.com/handrear.htm

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