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Hi, my cat just had kittens at 1 am. She had four but the first one was just laying there, cold, and not moving. I thought it was dead so I carefully took it out and moved it to a small box to the side just so the mom could focus on the other kitties. About three hours later I went to put it in the other room and it was moving!! I put a heating pad around it and am trying to get it warm, which is helping. It started to move around much more but still very weak. I tube fed it a little KMR, I have tube fed in the past. I just don't know if there is hope for this kitty. It still is very weak but getting warmer. Has it been away from its mother too long? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
post #2 of 12
See if you can get the little kitty to nurse some, maybe that will help. Please keep us updated on the little ones.

I am sending hugs and prayers from Mississippi for the little kitty.

post #3 of 12
There is hope but you have to get that cat's temperature up and get it eating. I don't think it is able to eat much if it is cold. So focus on getting that done asap. Also the kitten cannot go more then about 2 hours without eating...so you have a load of work ahead of you. Get that kitten warm, wrap it in blankets with a rice heat pack, BE VERY CAREFUL with heating pads, they can get too warm.

For food, run to drugmart or a pet store and look in the pet section for an animal baby bottle. I found them at drugmart for about $2. Kitten needs KMR every 2 hours, thru the night, all day long, etc. If you get the kitten warm and moving, put it back with the kitten but watch it carefully to see if it is eating and that the mother accepts it. It could be ill and the mother could abandon it or even kill it. Or she may accept it and all will be well, so watch carefully.
post #4 of 12
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There is hope but you have to get that cat's temperature up and get it eating. I don't think it is able to eat much if it is cold. So focus on getting that done asap. Also the kitten cannot go more then about 2 hours without eating...so you have a load of work ahead of you. Get that kitten warm, wrap it in blankets with a rice heat pack, BE VERY CAREFUL with heating pads, they can get too warm.

For food, run to drugmart or a pet store and look in the pet section for an animal baby bottle. I found them at drugmart for about $2. Kitten needs KMR every 2 hours, thru the night, all day long, etc. If you get the kitten warm and moving, put it back with the kitten but watch it carefully to see if it is eating and that the mother accepts it. It could be ill and the mother could abandon it or even kill it. Or she may accept it and all will be well, so watch carefully.

Jen, you are so smart, I am glad that you showed up to tell her what to do with the little kitty, I don't know nothing about kittys.
post #5 of 12
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Thanks for all the response. He did warm up more and became a lot more active. I have put him back in with mommy and am watching him. He is still warm and I have tube fed him twice now. I can't get him to latch onto mommy. I hope that if I can get him strong enough he will start nursing. I am praying for him !!!! He is such a little fighter. I feel so bad about asuming he was dead
post #6 of 12
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Thanks for all the response. He did warm up more and became a lot more active. I have put him back in with mommy and am watching him. He is still warm and I have tube fed him twice now. I can't get him to latch onto mommy. I hope that if I can get him strong enough he will start nursing. I am praying for him !!!! He is such a little fighter. I feel so bad about asuming he was dead
You will want to definately keep feeding him until he can attach to mom. Isn't this Sassy's third litter and didn't the last litter also have issues that required for you to tube feed? I honestly do not know much about Persians, but I would also raise this with the breeders in the breeders section. I know we have several other Persian breeders on this site and they could certainly give you advice.

Katie
post #7 of 12
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Actually this is not Sassy's litter. This is Dapples. This is her fourth litter in a 3 year period so she is pretty experienced and an excellent mother. She is a persian but when I went to the breaders section there was not much when I even did a search for newborn issues. It was all in this section.

Thanks I will keep feeding him every two hours. Dapples (the mother) has really been good to him. She has cleaned him off really good and he is nice and warm now. He will act like he is going to nurse but then doesn't latch on, hopefully he will. I will keep everybody posted. Thanks again.
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Actually this is not Sassy's litter. This is Dapples. This is her fourth litter in a 3 year period so she is pretty experienced and an excellent mother. She is a persian but when I went to the breaders section there was not much when I even did a search for newborn issues. It was all in this section.

Thanks I will keep feeding him every two hours. Dapples (the mother) has really been good to him. She has cleaned him off really good and he is nice and warm now. He will act like he is going to nurse but then doesn't latch on, hopefully he will. I will keep everybody posted. Thanks again.
I'm glad you cleared that up since the last posts you had in this section were all about Sassy.

I realize there isn't much over in the breeders section on newborn issues...but we certainly want to encourage new breeders to introduce themselves because issues in breeding sometimes require different solutions than when you are dealing with an accidental pregnancy and our breeder community doesn't always come and see the posts here.

Katie
post #9 of 12
how is he doing now...
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by sassymom View Post
Actually this is not Sassy's litter. This is Dapples. This is her fourth litter in a 3 year period so she is pretty experienced and an excellent mother. She is a persian but when I went to the breaders section there was not much when I even did a search for newborn issues. It was all in this section.

Thanks I will keep feeding him every two hours. Dapples (the mother) has really been good to him. She has cleaned him off really good and he is nice and warm now. He will act like he is going to nurse but then doesn't latch on, hopefully he will. I will keep everybody posted. Thanks again.
He needs colostrum, otherwise he will have no immune system until about 12 weeks of age and will be at grave risk of infection. I would strongly recommend taking Dapples to the emergency vet tonight and having them express some colostrum for you to tube feed him. Time is of the essence since they lose the colostrum about 48 hours after birth.

With colostrum there is a chance but without it his chances are poor. The best option in that case would be to have him fostered by someone who has no other cats since he will be susceptible to every conceivable infection until he develops his own immune system.
post #11 of 12
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Well I have good news!! I have been really working hard to get him to nurse and he finally did for just a little bit. Yeah!!! I still supplemented him and am keeping a close eye on him. Thanks for all the help and posts. I will keep everybody informed.
post #12 of 12
AWE! Good job!! I'm sending some vibes for the little kitty to eat and get nice and strong!
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