Charity's kittens are now 3 weeks old and I'm under the impression that she's tired of being a mommy already. She sits on the windowsill all day and I can almost see her longing to be back outside playing and hunting in the sun. Her kittens cry every time they awake because they're hungry and she basically ignores them. Now that they can walk they chase her all over the "nursery" trying to get her to feed them but she just won't have it. Yesterday I tricked her into feeding them (and licking them) twice by getting her to lay down on the floor for a petting. As long as I was paying attention to her and showing her affection she was content to let the kittens nurse, but she won't even do that much today. I have a kitten bottle and some KMR from our emergency vet visit 2 weeks ago but I can't seem to get them to nurse off the nipple. I had a little luck today mixing up some kitten pedialyte and placing it on a plate since I noticed they would lick off of my finger but not the bottle. Two out of the three kittens caught on to the whole drinking from the platter thing but it just wasn't the same as mom's milk. They started getting their teeth in last week so I'm wondering if I should push the bottle or just start teaching them to eat some on their own since Charity can't really be depended on at this point. Is there some trick to bottle feeding that I'm not aware of? I'm more than willing to do the work but I'm as new to this as the kittens are and we just don't seem to be reaching a common ground. Any tips and advice?
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10/1/03 at 8:55am