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post #1 of 24
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For those of you who dont know Azriel was born on the 10th of April. His mom abandoned him when he was born and he was the only survivor out of three. He has seen a vet twice, once when I found him and once to open his eye because I was impatient lol. He will be 2 weeks old and 6 days. He weighs 9 ounces. When i started to weigh him probably when he was a week old he was 4 ounces. Is that a good amount of weight gain? He eats very well. He sleep 90 % of the time. I stimulate him to use the restrooms and at least now when he poops its in the blanket and not on him Monday the 1st he will be three weeks old. I just wanted to know what should I be doing with him at three weeks old? Does he weigh enough? How long do I need to feed him from the bottle? when should i start solid food and how? Also the liter box when should i work with him on that? Should i buy him any toys? Right now he sleeps in a little box i bought him inside a tuperware box so he doesnt clime out how long should i keep him in there? He crawls around but he is a little shaky when he walks..I just want to make sure I'm doing a good job. Any hely would be appreciated. Thanks
post #2 of 24
Check out this site www.kitten-rescue.com It's an excellent site with lots of info.

Why do you keep him in a tiny tupperware box? He needs a little bigger box to move and walk around so he can learn to walk and strengthen his legs, and yes, he should have toys by now.

You should find a lot of info on the partculars on that site.
post #3 of 24
At 3 weeks old, your kitten is not too young to begin litter box introductions and solid foods. You can try human baby food at first to acclimate him to lapping the food off of a flat saucer (don't use a deep bowl). Use the chicken or turkey meat infant stage, don't get the chunky stuff. Read the label carefully to ensure that no onion or onion powder is in the ingredients list. Warm it gently either in a bowl of hot water or in the microwave so that it is WARM, not HOT.

As for the litter box, if he is pooping on his own, he is ready for this too. Use one of those short-sided aluminum baking dishes and use regular clay litter (not clumping). You can continue to stimulate him for the first day or so, but place the tissues into the litter and place Baby in the litter as you are stimulating so that he gets the idea.

You will also need to give Baby a lot more room to begin stretching and using his developing muscles. Take him out of the box several times per day to allow him to exercise, but watch him carefully during these times so that he doesn't get into something bad for him or that he doesn't get lost or hurt.
post #4 of 24
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He has a cat box that he lays in he can move around in it. He is not in a tuperware he is in a huge container, still in his bed, but enough to where he cant climb out. The vet said that is was ideal. If hes only in his bed he will try to get out and fall and plus with dogs i dont want to risk it. This is why I asked where should i keep him now that he is growing the bed is dangerous he can fall correct???
post #5 of 24
Keeping him in the box is probably fine so long as you take him out several times a day to stretch and exercise. His muscles are in the development stage and he will need to begin using them in a large space to ensure proper growth and development.
post #6 of 24
i use a v large dog crate for mine mum can come out when she wants but as kits only just 4 weeks they still have loads of room to wander and play safely
post #7 of 24
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Should I wake him to play and build strength if hes asleep? Not that Im complaining but he usually sleeps the wole ten hours we do lol and he usually only awakes when hes hungry. how many times a day and for how long?
post #8 of 24
He should be feed at night. 10 hr is a long stretch.. IMOP
post #9 of 24
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At three weeks old today how much should he be eating..they measure by cc but what the heck is that lol For the last week or so i weighed him every day and he has been ganing at least 1/3 an ouce. the last three days hes stuck at 9 ounces is that ok? he is pooping and peeing alot could that be it??? my other question is if he sleeps 8 hours or so but eats the recommended amount in the less time awake is that ok as if it were to be spread through out the day?? Also i helped him poo today usually its in the blanket for me..the very first time it was stuck on him and had to wash him with warm water but now it seems to be hard. he did 4 little dumps in a row and the first one which it may have just been my imagination had tiny bit of red i thought it might be blood...my mother in law said he constipated..what do you think????
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by Azreal McCray
At three weeks old today how much should he be eating..they measure by cc but what the heck is that lol For the last week or so i weighed him every day and he has been ganing at least 1/3 an ouce. the last three days hes stuck at 9 ounces is that ok? he is pooping and peeing alot could that be it??? my other question is if he sleeps 8 hours or so but eats the recommended amount in the less time awake is that ok as if it were to be spread through out the day?? Also i helped him poo today usually its in the blanket for me..the very first time it was stuck on him and had to wash him with warm water but now it seems to be hard. he did 4 little dumps in a row and the first one which it may have just been my imagination had tiny bit of red i thought it might be blood...my mother in law said he constipated..what do you think????
Azreal...There will be times when a person who may know the answer will not be on the board, so if you have concerns that require immediate answers, sometimes it is best to contact a local vet office.

Katie
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Azreal McCray
At three weeks old today how much should he be eating..they measure by cc but what the heck is that lol For the last week or so i weighed him every day and he has been ganing at least 1/3 an ouce. the last three days hes stuck at 9 ounces is that ok? he is pooping and peeing alot could that be it??? my other question is if he sleeps 8 hours or so but eats the recommended amount in the less time awake is that ok as if it were to be spread through out the day?? Also i helped him poo today usually its in the blanket for me..the very first time it was stuck on him and had to wash him with warm water but now it seems to be hard. he did 4 little dumps in a row and the first one which it may have just been my imagination had tiny bit of red i thought it might be blood...my mother in law said he constipated..what do you think????
A cc. is the same as a ml. His stool should be firm, but he should not be straining. Continue checking on his bowel movements, if you do think you see blood in the stool, you will need to take in a sample to your vet, and have him treated, most likely for an intestinal parasite.
Even though he has been stuck at 9 oz, he has probably gained a few grams each day, which would still be fine.
As long as you are seeing weight gain, firm stool, as well as him urinating, I would say he is doing just find.
Since he is 3 weeks old now, I would begin introducing the litterbox and solid (mush) food. He most likely won't take to it right away, but the introductions are good.
post #12 of 24
Was the dumps hard or mush.. Did it look like he strained.
post #13 of 24
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yes it was hard and he cried when he went i have recently started to add veggie oil
post #14 of 24
I am not sure he is old enough to digest the oil maybe someone here has advise.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Azreal McCray
yes it was hard and he cried when he went i have recently started to add veggie oil
You can use a couple of drops of the veg oil, to help him become un-constipated.
I replied to your other thread here.
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84783
post #16 of 24
I just read your post. I have been reading over the replies. I have a question about the kitten being constipated. What kind of food are you feeding it? Someone had mentioned in one reply to try baby food.
post #17 of 24
When I had to hand-rear a litter of kittens, They got constipated as well & the vet recommended for me to give them 3 drops of mineral oil a day until their constipation cleared. It only took one dose. lol It sounds like your doing your best, Keep up the good work. Don't let others discourage you But do listen to suggestions, some are trying to help. Good Luck!!
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post #19 of 24
Aww! Azriel is the exact same age as my 5 kittens! I got really giddy when I found that out :P CC, I believe, is cubic centimeter, and it's sometimes marked on the baby animal feeding bottles, at least on the one I used.

Also, he may be stuck at 9 ounces because he sleeps so much and feeds so little. Also, maybe try a little bit of honey? When we took my kittens in to have the checked when they were a bit less than a week old because one of the kittens had lost a bit of weight (and I was extremely paranoid after loosing one of the kittens), he said a bit of honey would be good to put on her tongue, since it's a higher calorie food (well, not for humans, but for cats I'm sure it's 'high' calorie). Not a whole lot, mind you, just a tiny dab. Maybe put a little bit on the bottle?

At 3 weeks I don't think they should be sleeping quite so long at one time. My kittens are quite active and maybe play for about 10-20 minutes every few (3-6) hours. Granted, since he doesn't have any fellow kittens to play with, maybe start playing with him? They don't have the coordination to play with strings or ribbons yet, in fact, mine are only just started to have the coordination to follow a finger with their eyes. Just play with your finger, stroke him and gently rub behind his ears, rub his belly gently and such.
post #20 of 24
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I started the oil on the 30th. there was only half a bottle left and i added a couple drops and then the following bottle i made him (yesterday the 1st of may) i put a little in it as well. He doesnt poop on a everyday basis at least not that i remember . kittnldy who has been awsome in making me feel appreciated i thank her for that..told me to rub his belly i did twice today but he doesnt like it but no poop still is that ok???
post #21 of 24
Is it possible he's going and you're just not seeing it every time? Are you finding matted hair down by the bottom which could be from going while he's asleep? I was worried because I wasn't seeing actual poops and when I took the kitten to the vet he said the stool sample he got was just fine.
post #22 of 24
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it looks like hes sweaty when he wakes up but that would be if he went pee not poop id see that stuck but i havent picked up the blanket to see but i doubt hes gone i dont know what to do.
post #23 of 24
I just pm'ed you...but here it is anyway.

The times Spike has went by himself, it was hidden under his blankie, don't ask me how, but you might wanna take a peak. Also....correct me if I'm wrong, but if he's going #1 on his blankie, I would change it each time, I know Spike likes to lick his blankie, and I've read that urine is not something a kitten should be ingesting.

Back to pooping...

Not to get gross, but you need to rub his tummy all the way down to the base of his tail, and around his opening, in circular motions. The vet showed me, and I wish I could actually show you. But your going to have to be persistent and continue for more than a couple of min. Believe me, when my vet did it to Spike, he SCREAMED, but eventually pooped. The 1st time I did it to Spike it took an hour for me to get him to poop, and yes, he wailed the whole time, but now he poops every other day like clockwork.

Please check out http://www.safehavenforcats.com/newborn.htm

REALLY good site...so good my vet told me to search for "safe haven for cats" on the internet (I already knew who she was referring to, thanks to everyone at TCS)
post #24 of 24
Everyone here is giving some excellent advice! I hope you can get kitty to go poo, and if not he really should be seen by a vet! That is not good for him to not be able to go. Please keep us posted on what happens with the 'lil guy.
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