Just wanted to give everyone a quick update. Little P.K. is still with us and doing ok. I hate to say he's doing great because he's still definitely not out of the woods yet, but he is doing quite well. He's eating like a madman and has put on an ounce in the last 4 days which we are happy with. He is still half the size of his brothers and sisters though. The rescue lady babysat for me on Saturday and she got him to finally do #2. Something I still can't get down no matter what I try. So he's going back to her for a good portion of the week so she can keep an eye on him and keep his little system balanced. One of the things we've read that is suppose to be really good for balancing kittens systems is Soy Active Culture Yogurt. Just a tiny bit in one bottle once a week, but I can't find the darn stuff anywhere. The only soy I find is flavored with fruit so I'm getting frustrated.
As a side note, we've been toying with the idea of putting him back in the cage with his mother (under supervision of course), but I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not and if it is ok to do, not sure how I should go about it. Rub him on the other kittens first so he smells like them? Present him directly to mom? Put him directly on her to nurse? Or leave him off to the side a bit to see if she comes to get him? Anyone have any experience with reintroducing babies to their mothers? I'm not even sure it's a good idea, but wanted some opinions if anyone's done it.
Even if we can get him reintroduced to her, we would definitely keep a close eye on him because he is so much smaller and we would bottle feed in between still and leave a heating pad off to the side in her cage in case he gets pushed away. I'm just not sure if we should even try it or not. I would just much rather have mom tend to him than us. It's just so much better for him.
(BTW - his brothers and sisters now have their little eyes open! They are so darn cute! There's a black baby, a black and white baby with mom's markings, and the most gorgeous tabby baby
- and of course my little gray dude here - P.K. - who still hasn't opened his eyes.