2 1/2 week old kitten

topic posted Sun, July 24, 2005 - 8:36 AM by  Bronwyn
i have a kitten that was abandoned by her ferrel mother who lives nearby my house. i've had her since she was just a few days old. she's 2 1/2 weeks old now. i'm bottle feeding her kitten formula every 2 hours, and wiping her with a wet towel to make her pee. but i've never done this before, and i'm really scared. i'm scared because she sneezes from time to time, her stomach seems really fat and hard, and she cries ALL THE TIME. she used to just cry mostly when she was hungry. now it's like i can't make her happy. and her crying is making me crazy. i feel so bad. can anyone help with some advice?
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  • Re: 2 1/2 week old kitten

    Sun, July 24, 2005 - 9:34 AM
    Make sure you are wiping her bottom, she may be very constipated and that can kill her. It would be a good idea to rub a small amount of a vet approved suppository material on her anal area to help loosen things up.

    It is a very ugly and painful way to die if she cannot let it out and it turns toxic.
  • Re: 2 1/2 week old kitten

    Wed, July 27, 2005 - 3:07 PM
    I found one of my cats when he was about 5 days old - around 2-3 weeks he got really, really constipated. The vet said he was too small to give an anema (though I thought someone else once posted that their vet did give one to a tiny kitten and it was okay.)

    I massaged his tummy for at least an hour - while wiping his butt with a soft towel and vasaline. He had a red and sore bottom but he finally pooped - and is a fat and happy 8 year old now!

    You may want to ask your vet if they can give him an anema and if not, try massage. I think that constipation is common (from the kitty replacement milk).

    Good luck and keep us posted!
    • Re: 2 1/2 week old kitten

      Wed, July 27, 2005 - 3:09 PM
      Oh - I forgot to say that it sounds like constipation to me - my guy started acting differently, and he looked really fat with a very hard stomach...
    • Re: 2 1/2 week old kitten

      Wed, July 27, 2005 - 3:11 PM
      its so hard to get em to poop.
      it must be done!
      massaging the belly in a downward fashion.

      kitten formula is not recommended by vets. use goats milk. its much better! make sure she is fed every 5 hours. when they are before 2 weeks its every 2 hours..

      feel free to pm me with any questions.

      good luck and strong thoughts sent to you and the baby!

      • Unsu...

        Re: 2 1/2 week old kitten

        Wed, July 27, 2005 - 7:58 PM
        The feral cat website I mentioned has really good info on raising orphan kittens. One thing I didn't realize is that they need to be burped!!!

        "After each meal, burp the kitten by holding it upright against you shoulder and patting it lightly on the back."

        Here's what it says about rubbing the tummy:

        The kitten's natural mother takes care of both ends of her baby. By licking the kitten's abdomen, she stimulates the bowels and bladder and tidies up the resulting mess. A surrogate cat mom should gently rub the kitten's abdomen and bottom with a cotton ball or pad or tissues moistened with warm water. This stimulates the discharge of waste and keeps babies clean. Be careful to rub only enough to get them to expel waste materials.

        I agree that there must be a special reason this kitten has come into your life!!!
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    Re: 2 1/2 week old kitten

    Wed, July 27, 2005 - 4:12 PM
    good luck!!! there are a couple of 3-wk old kittens at the shelter. a brother and sister. those poor kittens miss their mama. the little girl kitten was suckling on the little boy's weewee to the point of it being very ripe and sore looking. they had to separate the kittens. ouch!!!

    if you are not successful with getting the kitten to poop, it should go to the vet. what an interesting challenge you've been given. why did this kitten find her way into your life? that is what i think about when these challenges arise. good luck!

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