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I found a newborn kitten

post #1 of 13
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Last night, my husband and I found a kitten underneath our porch. It seems to be of good size, but must be about a week or so old because it's eyes are not opened yet. We have no animals, and we don't really want to keep it. I have never owned a cat before, so I have no idea what caring for it entails.

Here is what I have done thus far...

Kept it in a shallow box in a blanket.

Fed it every few hours with a dropper.

Massaged the genital area for going to the bathroom.

I'm not sure if there is anything else to do. Since today is Memorial Day, there are no shelters that I can find that are open to take the kitten, plus, I want to find one that doesn't put animals to sleep.

I have been keeping the kitten right outside the door, in hopes that the mother may come back to find it.

Any suggestions on what else I should do?
post #2 of 13
Welcome to the board. Please go immidiately to www.kitten-rescue.com for lots of info on how to take care of your kitten. This website was written by two of our members (actually our editor and one of the advisors) - I'll ask them to check out your thread here as well.

Moving this to the SOS forum.
post #3 of 13
Please bring the kitten inside the house and keep him warm- the website will tell you that warmth is the prime importance right now!
post #4 of 13
Skellee? Where are you located? What state?
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm located in Tennessee....so it is warm outside. The kitten is snuggled in a blanket, so I wasn't too concerned about its temperature.
post #6 of 13
I understand that you are warm, but this kitten needs to be at least in 90 degrees. Please bring the kitten inside and put the box somewhere out of drafts to keep it warm. A newborn kitten without a mom is extremely vulnerable and fragile.

What are you feeding?
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
I did bring it inside

Like I said, I'm no expert when it comes to cats, and I figured that formula was better than milk. Is there some kind of kitty formula that I could make here at home for it?
post #8 of 13
There is, it is called kitten glop. I understand that you are not a cat expert. Newborn kittens are difficult to raise when you know what you are doing.

If you go to the website given, it will tell you everything you need to know about bringing this little one up safely. The recipe for kitten glop is here:


If you can make the pedialyte that is on this page as well, that will help this little one too. What town are you in? We do have some members in Tennessee and I don't need an address, just a town. Perhaps you are close enough one can help you with this tiny one?
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
I just wanted to update you all

Thanks for all your advice...and I'm happy to say that we were able to find a home for the little kitten. I checked out the links at the top of this page to find a shelter, and luckily, we were able to get ahold of one of the directors, and she gave us the name and number of someone who would be interested in fostering a kitten. When we called this woman up, she was so excited at the prospect of caring for a kitty.

I am so thrilled that this little kitten will get a chance with someone who wants to devote their time to caring and raising it.

Thanks again!
post #10 of 13
So glad to hear this! Hope the little one pulls through okay. Thank you for caring for her when she is so vulnerable.
post #11 of 13
Great news!
post #12 of 13
That is great news.

post #13 of 13
So gald to hear you found a home for the little darling.
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