or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Stray Kitten

post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 
Hello! I came across this forum yesterday and thought it would be a good place to ask this question.

I work at a construction company and on Monday, one of the guys started up a dozer and a cat came screaming out. She took off and when he turned off the machine (she scared the poo out of him, btw) he heard mewing. Long story short, there was a kitten in the dozer and after an hour they got him out.

No one would take him and there was even talk of "putting him out of his misery" so I decided to take him home that night and see what would happen. Well, it's Wednesday. ^_^ My boyfriend is bringing him to the vet on Friday.

The kitten (who looks to be about 2-3 weeks old) seems healthy. He's taken to us nicely. I'm pretty proud of myself actually because we have a 2 year old cat at home, but I have never taken care of an 'infant' kitty before. It's going well. My only concern is... he hasn't pooped at all yet. I have been rubbing him gently about 20 minutes after each meal and he has been urinating just fine (amazing how much, actually) but nothing else has come out. I'm just a little worried about it because from what I understand, he should be relieving his bowels ... once a day?

Anyway, just wanted to check and see if there are any techniques to maybe.. help this along... or if I'm just worrying for nothing.


P.S. We decided to call him Dozer. And I have nicknamed him OLE because he has One Little Eye. Dunno if it's underdeveloped or what, but it's not crusty. Just a little eye.

post #2 of 40
Hi Izzy,welcome to TCS.

Because Dozer has gone through so much in the past few days, it's normal for him not to poop every day. He can go as long as 4-5 days without pooping and still be OK. I have had kittens go this long and finally poop, much to my, and I'm sure their, relief.

With his eye, gently wipe with a cotton ball moistened with warm water. Do you have a picture of him? I'd be able to tell you how old he is if I could see a pic. I don't think very new members are allowed to post pics but if you send it to me tania@kitten-rescue.com, I can post it for you.

Please visit www.kitten-rescue.com to find out all about how to raise this little Vegemite.
post #3 of 40
hello and welcome ! aww you are doing a wonderful thing by taking this little fella in I cant add anything to the above post and I am sure with all your love and care he's gonna be just fine

Keep us updated !
post #4 of 40
Hi and welcome,

What a wonderful person you are for looking after this baby.
It sounds like you have done your research and have a good idea of what you are doing.

It would be lovely if you could keep us all updated on how your new baby is getting along. With pics if you can.

Oh and I love his name....Dozer....How cute.

Emma x x
post #5 of 40
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the welcome! And the help!

When I first decided to take Dozer in, I was worried about what my boyfriend would say when he saw a 2-3 week old in the house. He fell instantly in love with him.

Kumbulu, I will send you a picture as soon as I get home from work. But for now, I will describe him. He is gray with little random bits of long white hairs that stick out all over. His eyes are still the baby blue-ish looking color. His eyes are clean and healthy looking... but his right eye is a bit smaller than his left. It looks as if it just did not develop fully. I suppose we will see if that will create any problems after the vet visit.
He is still a little shaky when he walks but not even half as much as he was on Monday.
Monday, when we brought him home, he only had two teeny tiny bottom canines coming in. Today, you can feel a whole mouthful making their appearance. He seems to be getting better at seeing and I think.... at this moment.. he... may be attempting a run but it looks more like a spastic walk. ^_^
post #6 of 40
post #7 of 40
Ohhhh! I love the spastic "I'm learning to walk" thing!

Bless you for taking in this baby.
post #8 of 40
How is Dozer doing today?
post #9 of 40
Thread Starter 
Sorry for not responding in a while. Been so busy. I am sending you the photos via e-mail now.

One thing, my boyfriend and I are worried because Dozer still hasn't moved any bowels whatsoever. I thought I heard him pass a little gas a couple of days ago but besides that it has been nothing. I am making a new appointment to go to the vet tomorrow or Tuesday (if tomorrow is unavailable). We were unable to coordinate and get him there Friday.
Any suggestions? We have had him since last Monday.
I have done the following to try to get him to go: Rubbed anus gently with a dry towel, rubbed gently with a warm wet towel, submerged his entire lower half in warm water and rubbed, and the last thing I tried was keeping my fingers wet and warm and rubbing gently with them. Nothing.
His reactions however... sometimes he will purr for a little while and then start screaming. His anus moves and flexes as if he is trying to move something but nothing happens. Then, I can't tell if he's crying because he's pissed and wants out of the towel I have to wrap him in to get to the area or if he's in pain.

He is peeing a lot though. With no problems. He's not at all lethargic, he doesn't get upset when you rub his tummy or abdomen unless he's wrapped in the towel and wants to get out...

Like I said, we are bringing him to the vet tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest, but any suggestions would be appreciated!
post #10 of 40
How is he feeding?

Sometimes kittens can have something called an imperforate anus. This is where the part of the digestive tract joining the bowels and anus (the part you can see) is either blocked or not there at all. This means that the poo can't get to the anus to be cleared from the body. I am hoping it's not this.

At other times, kittens can simply get very constipated. The vet can give the kitten an enema and this will get things moving along. See the vet ASAP, as all that poop backing up can cause other illnesses if not seen to.
post #11 of 40
I have his pics and am just uploading them now.
post #12 of 40
Isn't he a sweetie?

post #13 of 40
post #14 of 40
Originally Posted by Kumbulu View Post
Isn't he a sweetie?
Absolutely adorable! What do you think about his age? He looks much smaller in the 3rd pic than in the other 2. He's very cute!
post #15 of 40
Oh dear!!! He's about the cutest little muffin, isn't he???

He looks to me to be about 3-3.5 weeks old, roughly. And personally, from what I can see in the photos, his eyes now look great. The one eye could have just been opening when you found him, and it needed time to open fully. Most of the time the eyes both open between 5-10 days after birth, but if he was an abandoned or malnourished kitten, he may have been a late bloomer. He sure looks good now!!!

About the poopy thing...I too would probably be getting concerned. I wouldn't stop trying to stimulate him to go, but I think he does need to see a vet as soon as you can...tomorrow perhaps, in the morning. The anus puckering a bit, along with the scream is a good indicator that he may be constipated, which can be dangerous in a young kitten. An enema may be in order...and definitely an overall check-up for parasites, disease, weight, etc. Are you bottle feeding him? I can't remember what you mentioned originally...

I'm so glad you've taken him in...he may not be here if not for you! What a blessing!!!
post #16 of 40
OMG, what a little sweety Oh I hope that he will be okay, and he is just a little constipate. Bless you for taking care of him..I can't imagine someone wanting to "put him out of his misery".
post #17 of 40
Thread Starter 

I think, since I have had him for about a week now, that he is probably 3.5 to 4 weeks old. He jumped (kinda) for the first time today! He's not quite up to running but his fast walk is surprisingly fast. His teeth are starting to make an appearance as well.
I put a little mini-litter box in the room that we keep him in and he does scratch it, but he has been peeing kinda when/where he feels like it. I know it's early, so we will see.
Definitely bringing him to the vet asap.

In regards to the him looking smaller in one picture. They were taken on the same day so I think the ones where he looks big are just because of the angle. Though, within the past couple of days (I think I took those Thursday) he has grown.

I am bottle feeding him still. Though he is getting really rough with the bottle and if I were his mommycat I would probably be in a lot of pain. Should I be weaning him off the bottle within the next week or so?
post #18 of 40
I'd estimate his age at 3 weeks in those pics, which would make him 3 1/2 weeks now.

These kittens are 3 1/2 weeks old

And this one is 4 weeks old

post #19 of 40
I think he is still too young to try food just yet. Give it another week and see then. He's probably getting rough with the bottle because he's getting frustrated with it. You may need to make the hole in the top of the nipple slightly larger. Something I do with kittens that get all overexcited about the bottle is wrap them up in a hand-towel or dish-towel like a mummy with just their head poking out. That way, they can't claw at you or the bottle and it calms them.
post #20 of 40
Any poopy yet?

We are always interested in poopy on the PC & KC forum.
post #21 of 40
LOL, we certainly are.
post #22 of 40
Thread Starter 
No poopy yet. I added a few drops of Veggie Oil to his formula today. The vet is open late tomorrow so I have all day to get him in there.

He is spoiled though! He wails and wails until someone picks him up. ^_^ I told my boyfriend we have to just let him cry sometimes or else he's going to be up our bums later.

I'll keep you updated. Based on those pictures, yeah, I'd concur with 3-3.5 weeks.
post #23 of 40
I don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet...in regards to the little one being constipated...

I've had little ones that wouldn't go and when I'd take their temps (anal therm.) it would generally stimulate them enough to go. I don't know if you've tried this..but if you do make sure the therm. is lubricated. This worked on my human babies as well. But you have to be careful not to do this too often..and only the very tip end of the therm. I'd use this as a last resort before seeing the vet if the baby is in lots of distress.
post #24 of 40
Thread Starter 
We brought Dozer to the vet this afternoon and the vet said that he thinks he may have worms. We've started deworming treatment tonight and we were told that if he doesn't poop by tomorrow then we should call. Although I kind of hope it's not worms at the same time I hope it is so that it just gets done and over with and he starts pooping like normal. It would also explain why he's always freaking out when he gets the bottle as if he hasn't eaten in days. I haven't seen any wormies come out of him, but he is very young. I don't know how long it takes for worms to get big enough to start sending little pods out of the anus.
Either way... it's gross.. and I hope it gets done with. Crossing my fingers and hoping for poop.

I'll keep you updated!
post #25 of 40
Does the vet think he has worms because his abdomen is swollen? Of course his abdomen is swollen, he hasn't pooped for over a week! Anyway, I have never had worms cause constipation in a kitten. It's usually the oposite - diarrhoea.

Are you letting him feed until he's full?
post #26 of 40
hi there, just checking in on how little Dozer is doing, glad you were able to get the vet to check him over
Lets hope he poops soon
post #27 of 40
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Kumbulu View Post
Does the vet think he has worms because his abdomen is swollen? Of course his abdomen is swollen, he hasn't pooped for over a week! Anyway, I have never had worms cause constipation in a kitten. It's usually the oposite - diarrhoea.

Are you letting him feed until he's full?
The vet said that he thinks it may be worms due to the fact that Dozer always seems like he is starving when he eats and he eats often along with the fact that he is a little swollen. He isn't in pain when you touch his stomach or rub his abdomen (or at least is not acting as if he is).

We let him feed until he appears to be done/starts playing. Usually about an ounce per feeding.

I'm really confused about the whole situation because other than him just not pooping at all.. nothing seems to be wrong! I was told that if he doesn't poop by the end of the day today then I should call the vet again tomorrow morning. I think I may call later today anyway since they are open late.

I mean... should I be looking at trying a laxative or something? I don't have any clue what to do.
post #28 of 40
There's nothing you can do at this point. He needs veterinary treatment, like an enema. I know you probably know this but for other people who might read this thread, never try to give an enema to an animal unless told to and shown how by a vet.
post #29 of 40
Thread Starter 
Called the vet and I was told to add a little bit of canned pumpkin to his formula. If he doesn't have a movement by this time (3:00PM EST) tomorrow then I was told to call again and bring him in for an enema and/or x-rays.

Would he have survived three weeks (his entire life) without having at least one movement?
post #30 of 40
Yes he could. I know a story of a 3 year old boy who had an imperforate anus and had never had a bowel motion. He was very, very thin but had a HUGE stomach.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Pregnant Cats and Kitten Care