Week old kitten wont poop still has cord

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    LaurenEE
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    Hello everyone, a week ago today my landlord brought me a tiny baby kitten who’s mamma gave birth, then left him and was never to be seen again. He was left in the Texas heat(around 105 degrees that day)for a little over six hours before he was brought to me. He has been doing fairly well so far, however I am concerned because he hasn’t pooped in about 2 days. The last time he pooped, he struggled at first, and his first poo was pretty hard, and then kinda runny… I’m not sure if he is constipated or what. My second concern is that he still has part of his umbilical cord attached, when I thought it was supposed to fall off by now. Any thoughts or advice would be more than appreciated. 🙂

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    Buttons
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    kittens can sometimes go a day or two without pooping. What are you feeding him?

    Whatever you do dont give cows milk. Get kitten formula. If you already have him on that get a different brand incase the one your giving doesnt agree with his stomach and this could be causing slight constipation. If he is under 4 weeks he should be on a formula only diet and slowly introduce wet kitten food at 4 or 5 weeks. Also if constipation gets very bad give him veg oil 5mls would be enough when he is 4 weeks and a little less if under the 4 week mark. I think some people giive tined pumpkin that helps a lot just make sure it no added sugar

    As for the cord it probably hasnt come off cause mother cat was gone and not cleaning him. Dont attempt to take it off just keep the area around it clean and it will eventually come away after a few days of cleaning if not then go to vet. Make sure he is comfortable and has lots of liquids ( water, kitten formula) and feed every 3 to 4 hours.

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    jcat
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    This site: http://www.messybeast.com/handrear.htm

    and these video clips on Youtube are very good, they cover all the basics on raising abandoned kittens:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctfhMJUdxZA

    #739767

    LaurenEE
    Participant

    Thank y’all very much for the advice, I’m new to raising an orphan this young! 🙂 I have been giving him kitten formula, but I will try a different brand. He is a little dehydrated, for which I am giving pedialyte in small doses. If he still has not pooped by tomorrow, I think I will try a little bit of the vegetable oil. I give him a good bath about every two days, do I need to use anything special to clean his umbilical cord?

    #739768

    Buttons
    Moderator

    i heard suggestion of medical rubbing alcohol its ment to help disinfect and dry the area around the imbilical cccord so it comes away but i would diffinately consult a vet before using it. Mayb ring one anyway tell them the situation they would have a few tips for you and a phone call wont cost a lot

    #739769

    ilovecats828
    Participant

    Talk to a vet before trying anything. They may be able to remove the bit of umbilical cord and also advise you on what to do.

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