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    Hi All!
    I have been hand raising a newborn kitten for 8 days. His Mom abandoned him when he was just 3 days old. I’m having the pooping issue, but will start trying the triangle method. His poor little bum is super sore though. I’ve put some vasoline on him a few times to try and soothe him. His belly isn’t hard and he is eating. I’m still very worried about this though.

    One of my main questions is how much weight he should be gaining. I think I saw a link on another post, but for the life of me can’t find it again. He weighed only 1 ounce last Friday and is up to 3.1 ounces today (1 week later). He still seems so super tiny but that is triple his weight so is that alright? He goes in spurts eating. Today was great; he ate 4mls at a time several times. 2 days ago we could hardly get in 2mls at a time.

    I feel like every other day we are going to lose him and then he rebounds to a better day. Is that what other people have experienced? If he is gaining weight, eating, has a soft belly, and is very active how much should I worry about his not pooping?

    Thanks in advance for any advice!



    Here in TDKland, we recommend Goats’ milk for kittens. Cats are lactose intolerant and can’t digest cows milk. Goats’ milk is full of nutrients, probiotics and gentler on their tummies. A rule of thumb is a kitten should eat 8 cc’s of formula per ounce of body weight. Formula should be warmed up to body temperature. Please make sure they have feet on the floor so they don’t (possibly) aspire milk. If he is lethargic put a dab of Karo syrup or honey in their mouth. Sometimes this is all they need to give them the added energy boost to get them eating. If you’re concerned if he’s dehydrated, you can give him pedilyte for fluids in addition to formula.

    Kittens cannot regulate their body temperature. They must be kept warm and I think the best way is to place a heating pad, on LOW, covered by a towel and a soft blanket. Be sure to provide a “cool” spot for the kittens to crawl to if they get too warm. You can put a soft stuffed animal for him to snuggle.

    Do try the triangle method. Many fosters have success with it. A smidgen of mineral oil in their formula can help them poop as well. Goats’ milk often helps regulates their bowel movements. You can put a dab of Neosporin on his rear to help healing.

    I want you to know that Kittens die – for no other reason than it is their time and there is nothing we can do about it. It is called Kitten Fading Syndrome (KFS).

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