Well, I just got my scale, & weighed kittens. My little guy is not as bad off as I had thought. He weighs 9.25 oz., his sister is 12 oz., & his brother is 12.5 oz. They will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. The vet says he's 2 weeks behind his littermates though, & only has a 50% chance of survival, now I'm not sure why. His weight isn't much below what it should be, he does everything they do, he's just a little smaller, & shakier. Also, I haven't gotten him to go potty yet, how important is that? His mama might be taking care of that for me though, she licks him all over after I'm done feeding him, & then he continues nursing off her. I bottle feed him about every 6 hours, & he eats a total of about 1 tablespoon of kitten formula a day. He holds his head straight up when I'm feeding him though, (I've read they're not supposed to), & vets assistant said to squeeze the formula from the bottle into his mouth, (read you're not supposed to do that either), also, I haven't been able to get him to go potty yet since I started supplementing him 2 days ago. I'm worried about doing something wrong. I don't want to put his life more on the line than the vet says it already is. Any input out there please?
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6/4/05 at 8:30pm