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Q: mother has died how do i feed a little kitten born on aug 31

September 13, 2009 | By Maryshirley1969 | 7 answers | Expired: 1758 days ago

got sick quick and died

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sep 13, 2009

You can purchase kitten milk from walmart or a petstore and the box of milk will tell you how much and how often to feed the kitten. It will all depend on how much the kitten weighs and how old it is. Good luck!

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m s.
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Sep 13, 2009

DOGLOVER93 is giving good advice -- remember, kittens get their nourishment directly from their moms' nipples. so if mom isn't around they're in big trouble -- they need the proper nourishment from somewhere at this young and crucial age. Also, give a call to your local vet and i am sure they will give you more advice step-by-step. Get that milk -- make sure it's fresh (check the date on the container when you're in the store) -- this milk and the advice from your vet will be the answer in keeping your kitty healthy and happy.

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Kelly
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Sep 13, 2009

Call your vet & ask for advice. If your vet isn't available because its the weekend, keep the kitten warm. Use an eye dropper or nursing bottle to feed it warmed KMR. Warm it by letting the bottle sit in hot water & don't let it get warmer than 95 degrees. Put the kitten stomach down on a towel in your lap & make sure it stays warm & out of drafts while feeding. DON'T raise the kitten's head, hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle with the nipple down at the level of its mouth so it can suckle in a natural position. Don't force feed, don't push or squeeze formula in the kitten's mouth because this will force formula into the lungs & cause pneumonia. The bottle nipple should NOT drip milk when held upside down, but should drip when slightly squeezed. If the kitten doesn't start nursing right away, try gently stroking its head & back just until it gets the idea. When they've eaten enough, bubbles usually form around their mouth & their tummy will feel full & rounded. Newborn kittens will need to eat every 3-4 hours. A newborn will eat about 1.1oz or 32cc of formula a day divided into 9-12 feedings. The kitten should gain about 1/2oz every day for the first 2 weeks, so you need to have a kitchen scale to weigh it & make sure its thriving.

After the kitten eats, it will need to be burped. Hold one hand under its tummy & very gently pat its upper back.

You will also have to stimulate the kitten to eliminate. Use a warm, damp, rough textured washcloth & gently stroke the kitten's tummy & bottom. It may take up to 2 feeding before you see results but always clean up after elimination. Watch for redness & chafing which could be signs that you're rubbing too hard or not cleaning well enough.

After nursing, the kitten will want to sleep, so put it in a warm, draft-free bed where nothing can bother it & let it sleep.

Remember:
*Don't raise the kitten's head when feeding. This can cause it to aspirate formula onto the lungs.
*Don't force feed or squeeze formula into the kitten's mouth to "jumpstart" or speed up the process. Let the kitten eat at its own pace.
*Use sterilized bottles & nipples
*And I can't stress it enough...Proper positioning while feeding is critical to prevent pneumonia & even death.
*Do not use regular milk & do NOT use 'cat milk' brands like Cat Sip or Whiskas cat milk. They don't contain the proper nutrients.

A newborn kitten can become dehydrated and/or hypothermic very easily. Regular feeding of the proper formula & keeping them warm are very important. Also stimulating them after feeding is the only way they can eliminate early in life, so you must be diligent.

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