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3 week old kitten found in house fire!

post #1 of 22
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Okay so today my husband brought a 3 wk. old kitten into the vets office where I work-he found him at the scene of a house fire! Poor little guy was freezing cold and covered in soot and fire extinguisher foam. We cleaned him up and raised his body temp to normal, but I am not sure how much damage was done to his lungs with smoke inhalation. I am just curious as to how much and how often you all feed little guys like him?? The doctors I talked with today suggested feeding him every two hours! I want to do what's best for him without sacrificing all my sleep. Let me know what you all recommend-thanks! We are also taking suggestions for a name for him, we would like a name that has something to do with fire or flames. After his bath we found his true colors are black, tan, and grey. I will try and get pictures tomorrow and post them-assuming he makes it through the night.
post #2 of 22
I have newborn kittens (just born Wednesday) and I have been feeding them everything 3-4 hours. They have been doing just fine. I am horrible at naming anything so I have no clue at names. My 3yr old daughter always names out animals. LOL Good Luck with him! I hope he pulls through just fine!
post #3 of 22
Poor little guy, I hope he makes it.

http://www.kitten-rescue.com/ says

From 1 to 3 weeks: Feed every 4 hours (6 feedings per day)
From 3 to 4 weeks: Feed every 5 hours (5 feedings a day)
post #4 of 22
I think it is every 4 hours...Good Luck! Keep us posted.......
post #5 of 22
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Last night I fed him every 2-3 hours, and very small amounts, since he is very malnourished. I am going to increase the amount of food today and switch to every 4-5 hours as the one website suggest. I am really having trouble getting him to nurse from the bottle-he refuses. I am using a feeding syringe but he really fights that too! Any suggestions on how to get him to nurse?
post #6 of 22
How about the name Phoenix since it means rising from the ashes or something close to that.
post #7 of 22
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that is a great name! I sure hope he does rise from the ashes! I had come up with either Ember or Scorch? Not sure I am hesitant to name him untill I know if he will make it.
post #8 of 22
I hope this baby pulls through this for you! I like the name Cinder too! Also we fed our kittens every 2 hours until they were 3 weeks old as told by our vet. 4 hours is a bit long i think...
post #9 of 22
A tiny bit of karo syrup on the roof of his mouth should help stimulate him into a suckling response.
post #10 of 22
I would absolutely name him now... the poor darling boy needs a name in this life

good luck little boy - kept fighting
post #11 of 22
What a sweet husband you have for rescuing this poor little baby!

The only name I could think of was Blaze.

Stephanie
post #12 of 22
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Just wanted to let everyone know he is soing remarkably well this morning, well except for the not wanting to eat thing. We have decided to name him Scorch. I really like the name Pheonix but it just doesn't seem to fit him. I still need advice on how to get him to eat and maybe what else besides KMR I can use. I know goats milk is okay but tends to be constipating. All ideas are appreciated. Thanks to all who have helped so far.
post #13 of 22
kitten-rescue.com

This site is a tremendous help.
And I've found that the Kitten Glop is enticing to even the most reluctant bottle babies.
Recipe is on the page I linked.
post #14 of 22
Oh, I see you've named him!

I was reading a site on names, and found "Aiden," which is Gaelic for "fire." I'm too late!!!

Anyway, I would second the kitten-rescue.org site...MANY handy suggestions! He'll be as good as new in no time, I'm sure...thank goodness for you taking him in!
post #15 of 22
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ok, so im bryan sarah's husband......she is at work, and so i thought id say hi. the baby kitty is sooo sweet and cute, i cang stop being near him.....i know i know most people say 5 cats is too much, but when i found him in that burnt house i had to take him home!!! believe me i was doing like 80mph to get him to sarah's vet hospital.......god i hope he does ok i was almost in tears driving with him, i dont think i could handle hime not making it....my wife says he is doing good though!!! dang, now we will have to get a new picture signature, and come up with a new name for them all instead of the fab 5 i was thinking the SUPER 6?? lol kinda corny huh?? anyway im off now, thanks for all your help ill get a few pics of him on here in a while...........
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by wookie130
Oh, I see you've named him!

I was reading a site on names, and found "Aiden," which is Gaelic for "fire." I'm too late!!!

Anyway, I would second the kitten-rescue.org site...MANY handy suggestions! He'll be as good as new in no time, I'm sure...thank goodness for you taking him in!

aiden is a sweet!!!!! name!!!!!! as man of the house hold and finder of the kitty i may have to put my foot down and name him aiden!!!! hehehehe d ont tell sarah i said that!!!
post #17 of 22
Aww, he'll make it!!! Just keep your vet's number handy in case of anything out of the ordinary.

Believe me, to the people on this forum, 6 cats is NOT a lot of cats!!! There are people here who are grossly outnumbered in their households by all their cats!!! Oh well, the more, the merrier!!!!

Is there any way you could post pictures of him?
post #18 of 22
Hmmm, yeah, only me and my fiance', but the dog, 2 parrots and of course the 6 cats allow us to live here with them

Bless you for saving this little guy, seems he's been through too much already.
I'm glad he will know only love now.
post #19 of 22
Bless ya'll! But 6 cats are way too many for me! Maybe if I didn't have 2 dogs and 2 boys! With the kittens we had 6 for awhile and the biggest problem was keeping everyone from getting out when the kids went in and out.

If it was just me I would have a dozen! But I'm thankful for those that can and do!
post #20 of 22
Aw, I'm glad Scorch Aiden, or is it Aiden Scorch?, is doing better. I would keep syringing KMR into him every 2 hours by day, and let him go 4 hours at night. Espescially if he is reluctant to eat.

Poor baby, he has been through a lot. Hugs to you for saving him!
post #21 of 22
It sounds like you are doing a great job - the only thing I would add is to make sure to feed him NOT like a baby on his back, but like you would a little lamb or calf - with their feet down and their head extended. And I'm not sure here...do you have to burp them? Seriously, I thought I read that somewhere, LOL. Good luck!
post #22 of 22
Yeah, I've read they need to be burped.
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