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Approximately 1 week old kittens.

post #1 of 25
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So ... we've had these guys since ... maybe a day after they were born ...

My friend called me and said 'if you don't come get these kittens, my boss is going to kill them'..

She neglected to say how young they were ...

Either way, we brought all 5 home. We've since lost one ... but ... he was the runt ...

At first all we had was goats milk and pedialyte ... the next day, they got put on Just Born ... Now I have them on the 'kitten glop' and Just Born ... right now ... about half and half ...

One of my friends should be giving us 2 cans of KMR today, as our vet was out, but hers was not.

Everyone is doing good, we've got bowel movements from everyone almost every day, although one had to have an enema at day 3. I can still feel ribs on everyone, which is why I added the gloop, hoping to pudge everyone up a bit.

My only real question is ... is it still common to have round (out the sides) bellies, even while pottying regularly?

We've got two with large bellies, one had a poo this morning, but his belly is still big (this is the one that had to have an enema). We've been dealing with a bit of constipation (pooing ... but rather thick).

I stopped giving pedialyte yesterday, and have seen a drop of in urine, so ... we're sticking everyone back on 3mls of it every feeding as I like hydrated babies.

Also, if I put them in a box with a heating pad, and cover them, and 2 move out from under the covers and lay on top, and two don't ... are the two coming out just too warm for their own comfort, and the two that are staying under comfy??

Its the smaller two staying under, and the larger two coming up.


Thanks!!
post #2 of 25
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My only real question is ... is it still common to have round (out the sides) bellies, even while pottying regularly?

We've got two with large bellies, one had a poo this morning, but his belly is still big (this is the one that had to have an enema). We've been dealing with a bit of constipation (pooing ... but rather thick).

I stopped giving pedialyte yesterday, and have seen a drop of in urine, so ... we're sticking everyone back on 3mls of it every feeding as I like hydrated babies.

Also, if I put them in a box with a heating pad, and cover them, and 2 move out from under the covers and lay on top, and two don't ... are the two coming out just too warm for their own comfort, and the two that are staying under comfy??

Its the smaller two staying under, and the larger two coming up.


Thanks!!
Be very careful of the heating pads. I used a large sock full of rice and just reheated it in the microwave every few hours.

As far as the round little belly goes, as long as they are eating and eliminating they should be fine.

I raised a single orphan kitten over the summer and he constantly had a round little tummy. He would poo every other day. I read that sometimes kittens don't poo every day. So don't panic over that.

Here is my thread.
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=199504
post #3 of 25
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I keep an eye on the temp of the heating pad, and they're never home alone.


we have rice bags, but they don't stay warm for any amount of time ... :-/
post #4 of 25
Awww, you're such a sweetheart for helping these babies! Do you have any idea what happened to the mom?

As for the bellies, I agree as long as they are eating and pooping/peeing they are fine. Most of that will be worked of as they grow.

Be VERY careful of the heating pad. If you use it, make sure you have towels on top so they don't get burned. One thing my MIL does when she finds an abandonded barn cat that young is put it in a child's sock, kind of like it's own little sleeping bag. You may want to try that with the littlest ones for a few nights (don't leave them in there all the time of course...just to warm up).

Good luck! It sounds like you're in for the long haul. It's a lot of work raising kittens, but SO worth it! Keep us updated.
post #5 of 25
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Yea ... they're starting to open they're eyes and everything now!!

Everyone is doing great now ... they're purrring when we touch them and allll that.

And yes, I cover the heating pad well ... I've got a towel on it, and it's wrapped in a couple t shirts too. We're feeding every two hours during the day, and trying for 2 every night. Some times, if they aren't awake when I wake up in 2 hours, I'll let them go for another hour, go back to sleep, and then get them all fed, more often then not I stilllll have to wake them up in the night.

Silllllly heffers!
post #6 of 25
Try my website for tips www.kitten-rescue.com
post #7 of 25
How are they doing now? We need updates!!
post #8 of 25
I posted kitten under a week old....what is "kitten glop"? he has loose pooo and should i restart the pedialyte????
post #9 of 25
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Sorry ... everyone is doing well ... except ... the first saturday we lost one ...

the 4 left are good ... but lately ones urine has been smelling HORRIBLE ...


as in smelling like an old porta-john does ...

He's acting fine ... with no fever ... eats ... plays ... I've been having constipation issues, and have started adding mineral oil to the mix.

He still peeees like its his job ... it just smellllls baaad ... I'm thinking I'm going to flush out his system with a mix of mostly pedialyte and a little formula tomorrow ... after I go get some plaaaain stuff ... hopefully after a day of that ... he won't stink ... if not ... vetttt calll!!
post #10 of 25
PLEASE do not use Pedialyte without your vet knowing first and okaying it. It is for HUMAN babies, and some kittens cannot absorb all the minerals inside of it and come out the worst for it.
post #11 of 25
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Vet did say to pedialyte them when they had diarhea ... but also said I could use water ... so ... for now ... we water! lol
post #12 of 25
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Sooo ... I have a bunch of pics of these guys now ... but I'll only post a few!

Here's an upside down Caleb ... he likes this!


Here's me and them!


Nappy time!
post #13 of 25
Bottle raising kittens is such a strenuous and heart-breaking job, you should be very proud of yourselves!
post #14 of 25
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Yea ... we lost one the first weekend ... *sad face* ... but everyone else is soooo big and strong now ... I know we aren't out of the woods yet ... but we're pretty daaaarned close!!!!!


they'll be roughly 4 weeks old tomorrow!
post #15 of 25
Such a cute picture of nappy time! Roughly 4 weeks....yeah, you're going to have your hands full soon. Don't feel about about losing one. Sometimes, especially with bigger litters, one just can't be saved. Glad to hear the rest are going great. Keep us up to date with all their kitten antics (and there WILL be a lot!)
post #16 of 25
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Sooo ... I have a bunch of pics of these guys now ... but I'll only post a few!

Here's an upside down Caleb ... he likes this!


Here's me and them!
Is that Red on Caleb? Are you sure he is a he?
post #17 of 25
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Red?? where? annnd he's most definately a big ... boy lol
post #18 of 25
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Is that Red on Caleb? Are you sure he is a he?
around his groin and back legs..unless it's staining?
post #19 of 25
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Ahhhh! Gotchya ... No matter how I try, some times they are just brownish. We've tried baby wipes ... actually baths ... Rub downs with wet towels. He's just rusty some times. IDK why ... the vet didn't seem to think anything of it. He is definately a boy tho. :-P


Side note ... All but Beast are eating off of plates. And almost anything I give them. Pork, chicken, broth ... goats milk ... bread soaked in goats milk ... and even kitten food allll soaked to softness. Beast ... she's stubborn ... what a brat! lol ... nooow for potty training!
post #20 of 25
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Ok, here's some more pictures.

A few weeks ago, I got a picture of the 2 we're keeping. I guess I never posted it.


Sebastian and Mittens!


And, 2 weeks ago I got a couple more good shots of the babies!

Here is the stubborn Beast (last one to finally give up on the bottle) saying "DO NOT WANT THAT. .. DO WANT MILLLLKIES!"

(pay no attention to the slice in there, I was eating one, and it sent their little noses into a sniff fit, so I gave them a piece to sniff!)

annnd here we have Mittens in the front, Caleb in the back.
Mittens says "Imma poly...whaaat?"
post #21 of 25
OMG they are adorable.
post #22 of 25
EEEEEEK! They're absolutely adorable! I LOVE mittens! Need pics of the other two!
post #23 of 25
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Haha. Sorry. I've been busy. HOWEVER, I'll make sure to get some pictures of everyone tonight and tomorrow, just to show off how big they've all gotten :-D
post #24 of 25
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WOW ... sorry ... I guess I completely forgot about you guys. All 4 kittens grew up great! ... Except for Sebastian. She's still under 5 lbs. Even her sister is huge compared to her, and the boys are even BIGGER!! I have some updated pictures of them some where ... but I can't seem to find them. I can't find the equipment to move pictures from the camera to the computer either.

I had another 3 kittens have to get bottle raised as well, but these ones were a lot older, but we still lost one a couple weeks ago to unknown reasons. He had always acted slower and clumsier than the 2 girls, so we are wondering if he had some brain issues.

No one seemed to want the 4 cats, except my sisters. So, we ended up with 2, my one sister took one ... and we're trying to convince my mom to let my other sister have the boy.

We're in the process of finishing up spay/neuters with everyone. Luckily, the CNY Cat Coalition is helping us out A LOT. We're getting spays/neuters/shots/worming and a flea treatment all for 20 each. AMAZING.
post #25 of 25
You did a great job. All of you are just adorable.
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