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post #31 of 40
I'm new to the forum, but I wanted to post to this in the event that it may help. I have always placed an old-fashioned ticking clock (make sure the alarm isn't set!) wrapped inside an old blanket and tucked in a corner of their bed. This seems to mimic the heartbeat of the Queen, and makes the kittens feel more secure. Also - make sure to keep them warm and remember that they eat quite often - that will help alleviate the "sucking" reflex a bit. Good luck - a visit to the vet will do wonders as well!
post #32 of 40
Ok I am finding it a bit difficult to understand if you rehab baby wild animals how come you can't care for these kittens? I also rehab baby wild animals, skunks, possums, squirrels, bats,raccoons and I also rescue orphaned ferals.

You should have had to take classes, which would equip you to take care of any orphan, regardless of species. If these kittens are bleeding, take them to the vet! If you are not equipped to care for them, find someone in your area that can. These babies are simply looking for their mom. Your neighbor is heartless and she should be reported leaving these kittens to die like this. The suckling instinct in these kittens are just that instinct. They have no way of knowing in their young minds just what they are suckling. They are looking of sustenance and nutrition. So tube feed these babies, or if you have a baby squirrel bottle, use that, the nipple is elongated and able to go further down their throat. Also call an animal rescue group and report what your neighbor is doing to these orphans. While you are making that call tell them about these orphans and ask them to take the babies from you as you are evidently not equipped to handle them. If you are a rehab specialist you should know basic emergency medicine and life-saving techniques for all species.
post #33 of 40
Thread Starter 
I did tube feed til they had their sucking reflex. We were taught not to treat domestics as wildlife, cause meds differ. One thing might work for wildlife, but could be toxic to domestic. This is my first experience with domestic and I just wanted to do right by the little ones. My meds are strictly monitered and used for wildlife only. I have a call into the vet, to see what he wants me to do. I do have guideline I have to follow when it comes to my equipment used for wildlife rehabbing.
post #34 of 40
We are not talking about medications. These babies are to young to be medicated by anything if their eyes are still shut. We are talking about basic care and bottle feeding. You should have a variety of different types of nipples available to you, the elongated ones you use for baby rabbits and squirrels will help with the suckling reflex and give these babies much needed nutrition. You should be feeding Kitten Replacement Milk, keeping these babies in a closed off cardboard box full of soft bedding somewhere free from drafts. You should be stimulating the bums with warm water soaked cotton gauze to mimic a mom's tongue. You should be feeding every two hours around the clock, and stimulating afterwards. The babies need to be kept warm, at least 93 degrees. You should have a pet heating pad, buried under their bedding to help them retain warmth.

And your neighbor should be reported! her cat should be confiscated and spayed and given to a proper home.
post #35 of 40
Thread Starter 
These aren't newborns with eyes still closed. They're about 31/2 to 4 weeks old! They opened their eyes about 2 Sundays ago. I have been feeding KMR and now I'm in the process of weening.
post #36 of 40
The only issues that I see right now is the neighbors, and the fact that the kittens are following their natural instinct to suckle. They are now old enough for the need to start exploring under supervision and need that stimulus to help their physical, social and mental development. Expanding their area of exploration (controlled) is important for them.

I didn't try this and just thought of it, but perhaps rig up a nipple tip on a snuggly - one without the tip cut so they wouldn't be sucking any air.

Are you syringe or bottom feeding them? Mine were syringe fed and grabbed and sucked that thing every time they saw it.
post #37 of 40
Also if you invest in a snugglekittie that stuffie is set up to have bottles attached to it to stimulate nipples on a momcat.
post #38 of 40
I didn't know they made those - I think I'll have to invest in one for the next set of orphans that come my way! They show up at the rescue center on a regular (more often than we want) basis.
post #39 of 40
They are a real lifesaver! The heating packs and the battery powered heart are a real plus for an orphaned kitten. You can find them in our Cat Shop pages under For Kittens.
post #40 of 40
I've already e-mailed to get one for my rescue group. One of the fosters has a 3 week old lone kitten and I think this would be great.
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