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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: 1909 days ago

got sick quick and died

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Katie M.
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Sep 16, 2009

You've got some good answers from people here. I've had this happen to me and we got some formula from the vet to feed the kittens. They all made it. I hope everything works out for you and the kitten!

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Jillian
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Sep 15, 2009

kelly had some very good information. the only thing i would change is that newborn kittens up until 1 1/2 - 2 weeks will need to eat every 2 hours. once they are 2 weeks old, you can begin feeding them every 3-4 hours, and then every 4-5 hours when they're 3 and 4 weeks, and every 6 hours until they're going on 7 weeks old.
the reason for feeding them every 2 hours is that when they go longer than that w/o eating, they can go into shock. buy a rectal thermometer and check their temps before feeding them if you feel it's been longer than 2 hours. if their temps go below 99, their digestion begins to stop and you can easily kill a kitten when this happens. if their temps reach 98 or less, hold them close to your body and only feed them pedialite. you want to use your own body heat to raise their temps so it's gradual and safe. if at all possible, get them to a vet if they go into shock.
what i do when i hand raise kittens is set an alarm clock to wake me up every other hour. this often means sleeping in one hour increments. then i pass them off to someone for a few hours each day, when i can, so i can get about 4-6 straight hours of sleep. everytime you wake up to feed them throughout the night, feed them in the same order each time b/c you need to create a schedule so you can manage them. if you have only one kitten, you're lucky. any more than that, feed them in order and poop them in the same order 15 minutes after they eat. then you sleep and wake up to repeat it. when they hit 3 weeks, it's quite a relief!
other tips: do not overfeed them. it's alright to underfeed them on occasion so if you're questioning how much to give them, go for the lesser amount.
if one accidentally gets any fluids in their lungs, hold them upside down. this sounds mean, but it's safe and it works. this forces the fluids to come back up and when that raspy, gasping sound stops, the fluids are out.
their temps should always be 99-102.
along w/feeding and pooping, you also have to clean them. this means using a slightly damp rough wash cloth and going in gentle, short strokes down their body starting at their head. this not only keeps them clean, but teaches them how to clean themselves. this should be done a few times each day and they should never appear wet b/c of it.
as they reach 4 weeks, they'll begin to play w/each other {sometimes this starts at 3 weeks}. you are their mother so you also have to enforce rules like a mama cat would - this means hissing when they're being bad, which at this age usually means playing too rough. kittens will respond to hissing w/o being scared so don't feel like you're being mean. it helps them to learn right from wrong.
if you only have one kitten, put a stuffed animal in their bed. a lone kitten will appreciate this and many times will cuddle the plush toy for companionship. keep your eyes out for anyone offering a kitten around the same age as the one you have. kittens learn better and are happier when they have a playmate.
do not adopt out the kitten{s} until they've reached 10-12 weeks. there is a lot they have to learn and kittens adopted out too young don't make as good of cats {normally}. you want their forever home to truly be forever.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sep 14, 2009

And if you feel you can't do this - PLEASE take the kitten to a vet or shelter so someone with experience
can take care of him.
So many things can go wrong really quickly - to something so young.

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Norrie
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Sep 13, 2009

Wow, Kelly knows her stuff, I can add nothing to what has been said except to follow the advice given and GOOD LUCK!

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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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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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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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