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Q: abandoned kitten

July 17, 2008 | By Mary H. | 5 answers | Expired: 2241 days ago

Mary H.

Thanks for all your answers guys, the mother took the kitten back at 7 this morning! : )

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Jessica H.
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Jul 18, 2008

True -- sometimes the mother instinctively "knows" when a kitten is in ill health or just won't survive and will leave it to die. You can care for this kitten yourself if the mother has abandoned it; however, mama cats are usually really good at sensing when something just isn't right. This could range from a physical problem to a mental problem with the kitten.

For now, keep it warm is KEY! A cold kitten will fall very fast so it is CRUCIAL to keep it warm! Pick up some kitten formula from your local pet store or vet clinic. I know PetCo and Petsmart carries formulas as well as WalMart too, so you have plenty of resources there. You may also have to stimulate bowel movements and urination by taking a SOFT damp cloth and lightly rubbing the kitten's genitalia. Be very cautious not to rub too hard as you can rub the area raw and can cause a nasty rash and can become infected fast.

However, keep trying to reunite the kitten with its mother, as the first few hours the mother produces colostrum that the kittens eat, and this is CRUCIAL for their immune systems and health. Even if you've already passed that time frame, the mother's milk is still the best, so keep trying to get the kitten to nurse on mama.

Keep us updated!

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Heather C.
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Jul 18, 2008

If it looks like the mother ain't going to feed the kitten or take it back go to a store and get a little bottle and kitten milk. The bottle and milk should work and when the vets open call them and ask what to do.

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Ourstaff
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Jul 18, 2008

I am hoping that you were able to get some food into your little one before I sat down to write this.
If you don't have any formula and/or way to feed a tiny kitten who is not eating you can try a touch of honey mixed with slightly warm water on a q-tip. Place a little on the end and try to get the kitten to lick it. If that doesn't work GENTLY touch it to it's little nose and front teeth. If you can get it to start licking or sucking place it back with the mother. Sometime you just need to "prime their little pumps"

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Martha M.
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Jul 18, 2008

Sometimes a mother abandons a kitten if she instinctively knows there is something wrong with it. However, if this is her FIRST litter she just might be confused. Call your vet and see if they can help. if you don't the kitten might die. Try feeding it kitten milk, every department store sells a brand of it in the pet supplies.

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Shelby C.
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Jul 17, 2008

there might be something wrong with it that the mother can since.

How old is it?

If it is young I would sugest going to the store and getting a little bottle and some kitten milk if the mother isnt going to feed it.

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