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6 week old kitten

post #1 of 19
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Hello everyone,

Well as some of you know my sister works at petco. Someone brought in a 6 week old kitten and it is eating solid food but what I want to know is if it still needs kmr. I believe that it was with its mom and mom was feral because it hisses and it swatted at me once it will let you touch it and pick it up but when we put it in its box it hisses. I know that it is young to be away from mom. So any advice on how to domesticate it would be apreciated it will eat wet food of my finger.
post #2 of 19
We rescued our male Juby at 4 weeks old. He was abandoned by a feral momma. He would hiss, swat and throw fits too. We just gave him lots of patience and understanding. He loved KMR in his wet food and burrowing under blankets seemed to comfort him. He stopped the hissing and swatting after a couple of weeks but he's still very timid about petting and being fussed with. We have to do everything very gently and slowly with him. We also found that putting our hand in front of him and letting look at it for a few moments would ease his fears before we actually touched and petted him. Even now at 10 months old he only likes to be petted or messed with on his own time and terms.

As far as domesticating goes, Juby seemed a little confused by the litter box. When we got Jazz a month later (Jazz was 8 weeks when we adopted him) he taught Juby how to cover his poo. It was really cute. Do you have any other older kittens that he can interact with? Jazz and Juby were and still are the best of buddies. Juby would even "nurse" on Jazz when we got him.
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by Momof3Cats&Kids
We rescued our male Juby at 4 weeks old. He was abandoned by a feral momma. He would hiss, swat and throw fits too. We just gave him lots of patience and understanding. He loved KMR in his wet food and burrowing under blankets seemed to comfort him. He stopped the hissing and swatting after a couple of weeks but he's still very timid about petting and being fussed with. We have to do everything very gently and slowly with him. We also found that putting our hand in front of him and letting look at it for a few moments would ease his fears before we actually touched and petted him. Even now at 10 months old he only likes to be petted or messed with on his own time and terms.

As far as domesticating goes, Juby seemed a little confused by the litter box. When we got Jazz a month later (Jazz was 8 weeks when we adopted him) he taught Juby how to cover his poo. It was really cute. Do you have any other older kittens that he can interact with? Jazz and Juby were and still are the best of buddies. Juby would even "nurse" on Jazz when we got him.
He already uses the litter box so maybe his mom wasn't feral maybe he just wasn't socialized. We cannot put any of our other cats in with him as we don't know where he can from. Anyways here are some pictures of him:












(my sister is holding him in most of the pictures)
post #4 of 19
He is adorable. I love the orangish streaks on him.. Keep feeding him off your finger. He will learn to trust. They say when a dog is nippy around there food only feed them from your hand to break the habit and earn the trust.
post #5 of 19
I love the 3rd picture!! He's gorgeous. I love those stripes.
post #6 of 19
Oh he's just gorgeous! He reminds me of a stray who comes to our back porch daily to eat! He's a friendly, gigantic boy and we named him boots cuz he's got the cute white feet too! See the resemblance?
post #7 of 19
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ya he's a big boy! Well I think that our boy will be long hair though. He has a stripe and spotted pattern. Does anyone know what his color would be called.
post #8 of 19
hi,
i was wondering if anyone could help me out. i just got a kitten yesterday evening , she is 6 weeks old and i was told that she was drinking water and starting to drink kitten milk, however since getting her home she has only drunk once. she is eating fine but has no interest in water or milk and she does not seem sick at all.
any help would be greatly appreciated.
thanks
post #9 of 19
Give her time she is in a new place
post #10 of 19
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would he be a brown spotted mackrel tabby with white or a brown mackeral tabby with white. Also I have noticed that he was a little dehydrated so I gave him about 6 oral syringes full of water (about .70cc each).
post #11 of 19
WOW he sould be full of fluid now
post #12 of 19
That's a lot for a 6-week old's tiny belly. Plus, if you give large amounts at a time, most of it will pass through. It's best given more often at smaller increments.

However if you want to add more liquid to the diet , instead of giving her the syringe, which isn't always pleasant for them, why not add some warm water to the food you give you.

Also, when my vet wanted me to get my cat to drink more, he told me to add a little salt to the food. Before doing this, however, PLEASE check with your vet to see if that's the right thing to do for your kitten. It is not something that should be done without the okay of your vet.
post #13 of 19
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he didn't really get all of it he just lapped up what he wanted. The rest he let fall I wasn't just forcing him to drink it. He got about half of that.
post #14 of 19
I did not think you did I know you know what to do.
post #15 of 19
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For the name I was thinking Collin Feral ............. get it lol.
post #16 of 19
LOL I got it
post #17 of 19
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Well he has come around and is letting us touch him and is purring.
post #18 of 19
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Although I know that he isn't he reminds me of a maine coon.
post #19 of 19
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Sad update........ he has parvo we have started him on amoxicilin and peptobismol also we have to give him daily injections of fluids under the skin and we have to encourage him to eat
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