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2 week old abandoned kitten HELP
Thanks for rescuing this baby!! Because the formula doesn't have much consistancy you may find that it could be a day or so without pooping this is normal I would start worrying when its been a few days with nothing. Make sure that the kitten has a hot water bottle or heating pad in with him as kittens this young cant regulate their body tempature. I would feed him every 2 hours of the KMR formula. Good luck with him. Sounds like your doing an amazing job so far.
Your kitten is digging with his paws because that is what he would have done to his mother's fur if he were still with her. It's called "kneading" and this is what kittens do when the mother is feeding them. It's very much a comfort thing and a kitten who has lost his mother will knead on many things as he gets older, such as soft blankets, etc.
Is it when you feed him the bottle? All mine did this also its normal they are just so eager to eat. One of my kittens clawed so hard he got the top off the bottle and formula was everywhere. He will stop once you start weening him in a few weeks. I start the weening process at about 4 1/2 weeks by 6 weeks mine are completely on wet food.
They should gain at least 10 grams a day which is about 1/3 ounce. Ideally, yes, it is even better if they gain half an ounce per day.
But it is not a huge deal if there are some individual days in which she gains less than 10 grams. You don't want to see that continue for several days. but it's pretty normal that one day she might gain only a few grams, then maybe the next day gains 20 grams! It is the mean daily weight gain that is most important. You want to see an average gain of an ounce every 2 or 3 days.
Yes it is possible it might be some slight difference in the scale. Also most scales are not exact to more than a couple grams. And it also could be that she pooped an extra amount before you weighed her this evening.
I would not worry if she otherwise seems fine. Hopefully tomorrow she will have a better gain. :)
You have to buy a small spray bottle and fill it with water. When she does something very naughty, just spray a tiny bit of water in her face. The naughty activity will immediately stop. You will need the spray bottle eventually anyway. We find it to be very effective to keep our cats off the kitchen table, counters, etc. We don't even have to spray the water now; just seeing the bottle is a sufficient deterrent.
Someone will come on her and say it is cruel to spritz with water, but I completely disagree. It does them no harm and I know of no other way to curb unwelcome behavior.
Comparing a newborn kitten to a newborn infant is absurd. We diaper infants; we don't diaper kittens.
Another good thing the poster could do when the kitten scratches her hand (but not when she is feeding) is to immediately give her a toy to play with. When my youngest cat was 8 weeks old, she was very alarming with her biting of my hands. Once I started giving her a play toy at that time, she eventually lost interest in my hands.
The spray bottle has worked perfectly with my cats and they were not scarred by it. I stick with my advice.
Kittens this young are survival driven, they eat, sleep and poop. Very much like a human baby. They are not exhibiting behavior that is anything more than instinct and survival, which is why I don't agree with punishing. You mention curbing unwanted behavior from your 8 week old. Perfect after the kitten is about 4 weeks old they start to explore and play, this is an important time for learning. Giving the kitten a toy is not a bad idea, once the kitten is a little older. On another note, with my single orphans I have given them a stuffed toy for comfort in their bed. As they get older and are exploring what their mouths and limbs can do they bite and bat at it like they would with their mom and siblings. At this age I just have to disagree that the kitten is doing anything intentionally where it could be taught not to do it. Hopefully looking at the way a kitten grows and develops at this age will give you some insight into where I am coming from.
Edited by CatNamedPanda - 8/2/13 at 12:28pm
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Don't know about the weight gain but a suggestion about scratching - after feeding and pooping when kitten is asleep and practically comatose could you clip the tips of her claws - perhaps with a human baby nail scissor.
I also would not be spraying water in her face.