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post #1 of 26
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Well right now where I live it is flooding and is raining and stuff I heard meows outside of my window and when I went out to look I found a baby kitten. The kitten was all the way under the water except for its tiny head. It looks to be like 2-3 weeks old so of course I brought him inside and I have wrapped in a towel and drying him off. I have no idea how to take care of a kitten this young. I do not have any kind of kitten milk here or a bottle and I am stuck here for the moment cuz my fiance is at work with the car. I have no clue what to give this kitten for now or what to do with him. My fiance will not be home till 10pm from work so what can I do till then. Any advice would be helpful
thanks
post #2 of 26
You might get a better response from the "cat and kitten care" section. I think you need to get kitten forumula somehow, but I'm sure others will have better suggestions.

I got my sweet kitty Diana (RB) when she washed up in the Memorial Day flood of 1984 in Austin, Texas . She was tiny, only a couple of weeks old, covered in mud and leaves. I tried to give her to our neighbors, because I thought she was theirs (she wasn't but they took her anyway), but she immediately found her way back to my doorstep... she was my lovey for many years.

I'm not convinced you found this kitten, I think he found you! Good luck!

Cheers, from
SwampWitch

p.s. My sister and brother are in Houston. I'm sending good thoughts to you guys!
post #3 of 26
Awww, the poor little thing thank you for bringing him/her in! Try to get it dry as quickly as possible, and keep it warm until you can get to the store for some kitten replacement milk.
post #4 of 26
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well it is still wrapped up in a towel and he/she is so cute. it is dry now and asleep. I will have to find my camera and take some pics of the it.
post #5 of 26
I'm sure it'll be hungry when it wakes up hope you can get some kmr soon
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by jessicasoosweet View Post
Well right now where I live it is flooding and is raining and stuff I heard meows outside of my window and when I went out to look I found a baby kitten. The kitten was all the way under the water except for its tiny head. It looks to be like 2-3 weeks old so of course I brought him inside and I have wrapped in a towel and drying him off. I have no idea how to take care of a kitten this young. I do not have any kind of kitten milk here or a bottle and I am stuck here for the moment cuz my fiance is at work with the car. I have no clue what to give this kitten for now or what to do with him. My fiance will not be home till 10pm from work so what can I do till then. Any advice would be helpful
thanks
try looking here for a homemade recipe for kitten glop - something you can feed the kit until you can get something commercial [assuming you don't want to keep making your own!]
also some other helpful articles
hand-rearing kittens
kitten rescue
post #7 of 26
I hope your kitty gets to doing well I saw somewhere that to warm them up you should put a hot water bottle by them
post #8 of 26
Laureen posted the important links to what you can do in a crunch for this baby for food.

But THE most important thing for this baby is to keep him warm! If you have a sock and some rice, you can make him a "sock heater" (instructions in the third paragraph down on this page: http://www.kitten-rescue.com/cold_kitten.html )

Thank you for rescuing this little baby! I'll move this to Pregnant Cats & Kitten Care where our experts will be able to help you more as you care for this baby.
post #9 of 26
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Thank you for moving it to the right area...
I am in the middle of making the kitten food so that I can feed it till I can get the replacement milk....who knows when that will be cuz the roads are almost under water and since i have the kitten food stuff that can be made that really isn't a pressing issue right now. The kitten is up and walking around a lil and is completey dry and warm (I have the heaters on high in the room we are in) and is growling and hissing at me so I am going to assume it has had no human contact before. as soon as I get the pics I took loaded and sized I will post them it is an adorable kitty but I am not sure if I will be keeping it or taking it to the SPCA. If I can keep it I will tho.

Thank you all for the advice.
post #10 of 26
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post #11 of 26
Oh my, that kitten is too adorable!
post #12 of 26
Oh my gosh its soo cute!!!

Thanx for taking it in. I'm sorry i dont have really any advise for you because all the kittens i take care of are 8-10 weeks old. All i can suggest is keep it warm and let it snuggle you.
post #13 of 26
OMG.. he looks just like my Pippin when he was a wee one.
If you do take him to a shelter, please make sure they are no kill. When I called the shelters in my area about taking Smeagol they all said they were full, but the humane society offered to euthanize him. (
Needless to say, I still have my Smeagol butt.

In the meantime, keep the little guy warm. I highly recommend the rice socks. Smeagol sleeps with his all the time. He looks older (and bigger) than Smeagol who will be 3 weeks old on Wednesday. Check his mouth and see if he has any teeth which should give you a better idea of how old he is.

He may need help going to the bathroom. If his belly is very taut, try rubbing gently a warm moist cotton ball on his belly and butt.

I also prefer the canned kitten milk to the powder. It glops up and gets gross very quickly. I heat about a tablespoon in the microwave for 10 seconds and then test it to make sure it's not too hot. Make sure the nipple on the bottle you get is opened enough so milk comes out easily with only the slightest pressure. This will make it easier to get him to latch on.

Thank you for rescuing this poor baby. He's so adorable!!
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by Devlyn View Post
OMG.. he looks just like my Pippin when he was a wee one.
If you do take him to a shelter, please make sure they are no kill. When I called the shelters in my area about taking Smeagol they all said they were full, but the humane society offered to euthanize him. (
Needless to say, I still have my Smeagol butt.

In the meantime, keep the little guy warm. I highly recommend the rice socks. Smeagol sleeps with his all the time. He looks older (and bigger) than Smeagol who will be 3 weeks old on Wednesday. Check his mouth and see if he has any teeth which should give you a better idea of how old he is.

He may need help going to the bathroom. If his belly is very taut, try rubbing gently a warm moist cotton ball on his belly and butt.

I also prefer the canned kitten milk to the powder. It glops up and gets gross very quickly. I heat about a tablespoon in the microwave for 10 seconds and then test it to make sure it's not too hot. Make sure the nipple on the bottle you get is opened enough so milk comes out easily with only the slightest pressure. This will make it easier to get him to latch on.

Thank you for rescuing this poor baby. He's so adorable!!


I am not exactly sure how old it is that was just a guess but now I think he might be a lil bit older. I have helped him use the bathroom after I fed him. If I take him to a shelter the first question I will ask is if it is a no kill shelter and I will probly take him to the SPCA. I think it will be hard for me to give the kitten up though.
post #15 of 26
If you can, definitely check for teeth. He may be able to eat kitten/cat food moistened with water if he has teeth.

He is just adorable!
post #16 of 26
Aw, he's such a cutie! I'll bet he's hissing because he's still wigged out from his ordeal. He's one lucky little guy. If you take him to a shelter, will they hand feed him? Or foster him out?

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #17 of 26
OMG!!!!!! How adorable what a cutie pie
So, if you plan on keeping it, what are you going to name it? Can you tell if it is a girl or boy yet? Whatever it is, it sure is doll
post #18 of 26
If you take him to a shelter, even a no-kill, they will euthanize him if they dont have a foster home for him. If this is the case ask if you can foster him until he is old enough to be adopted out. Sad but this is the reality of it.
post #19 of 26
awww! That kitten is precious!!!

I'm so glad someone like you found it, because I am sure you will take great care of it!!!

Please keep us updated!!!
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Aw, he's such a cutie! I'll bet he's hissing because he's still wigged out from his ordeal. He's one lucky little guy. If you take him to a shelter, will they hand feed him? Or foster him out?

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
he is just as cute as can be! definitely keep us updated!
post #21 of 26
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Well I just got back from taking him to the SPCA and I asked if they would euthanize him and they told me no. They told me that they did have someone who can foster it. He was a doll but being a college student and all I really do not have the time or money to take on another cat. I have 2 and I have enough to take care of them and vet stuff and all. But a kitten so small I could not fit it in to my budget, Though if they would have told me there was a chance they would euthanize him I would have made it in to my budget and gotten a job or something. But that was not the case. I am glad he will go to a loving home. I really wish I could have kept him.
Also he had teeth and He did eat wet food and moisten kitten food before I took him. Thank you all for the support.
post #22 of 26
Too bad you couldn't keep the little sweetheart. Even so, in my book you are definitely a hero. You seriously deserve a big round of applause.
post #23 of 26
see how great it is when there are foster homes !
post #24 of 26
Awwwww that kitten is gorgeous! I found my kitten scrawling around by my front door and he had been abandoned by my neighbours, who had moved out. He was only 2/3 wks old and it is hard work bringing them up from that age when you have no other cats!! I think he is lonely now though as I have a full time job so I am off to the rescue centre today to adopt a second abandoned kitten to keep him company :-)
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kells View Post
Awwwww that kitten is gorgeous! I found my kitten scrawling around by my front door and he had been abandoned by my neighbours, who had moved out. He was only 2/3 wks old and it is hard work bringing them up from that age when you have no other cats!! I think he is lonely now though as I have a full time job so I am off to the rescue centre today to adopt a second abandoned kitten to keep him company :-)
Welcome to TCS....good luck with adopting a second kitty.

Katie
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kells View Post
Awwwww that kitten is gorgeous! I found my kitten scrawling around by my front door and he had been abandoned by my neighbours, who had moved out. He was only 2/3 wks old and it is hard work bringing them up from that age when you have no other cats!! I think he is lonely now though as I have a full time job so I am off to the rescue centre today to adopt a second abandoned kitten to keep him company :-)
Thats great...I adopted one of my cats from the humane society and the other my fiance found outside infested with fleas and skinny. I looked around for owners never found them so he is now apart of the family.
I am sure your lil one will love the company of a friend.
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