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posted 10-16-2003 10:42 AM           Edit/Delete Message
My son brought home a very sick kitten, it looks no older than 2 - 3 weeks old. I don't have the money to take it to the vet,
I have given it a warm bottle to lay with and have been feeding it goat milk with a dropper, its eyes are very infected.
It is so small and fragile, please someone give me some advice on what to do for this kitten, I am afraid it will die, I need to know things like
1- what I can do for its eyes
2- how much should I feed it
3 - how can I get it to potty
4 - how to get its fur clean
Thank you in advance for helping me and my son help this poor little kitten

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posted 10-16-2003 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for charmedagain     Edit/Delete Message
Hi, The kitten should be feeding every 2hours but since we don't know how long it has gone without food you should feed every hour, You can get a substitute milk fro kittens from a pet store and feed that till it regains its strength..

To make it go potty if wont go itself then you can use some cotton wool and some warm water and gently rub the kittens private area's this will stimulate it to go...

To clean its eyes you can use cotton wool and some warm water or warm milk i know using milk sounds silly but it has healthy bacteria in it and this helps clear its eyes do this every few hours until its cleared up...

Cleaning its fur if its not cleaning itself u can use a damp warm cloth to clean its fur then keep it warm...

I would also advice getting some worming pills or liquid to have the little thing wormed....

You can also try him on a little liquidized chicken or fish...

please keep us posted of its progress


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posted 10-16-2003 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kayliface     Edit/Delete Message
Give it to a shelter to take care of.
If you can't afford a vet ... at least they can take care of it properly.

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posted 10-16-2003 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Call a vet you might find one that will look at it for free and just charge you for the antibiotics. I was in a similar situation and found a very nice vet. Unfortunately little kittens are very prone to infections and usually need antibiotics.
1) Are you sure the eyes are supposed to be open yet? If they aren't you can damage them by prematurely opening them. When they aren't supposed to be opened yet they look a little crusty. If they are inded infected, clean them like suggested above with a warm cloth.
2)Kittens need to eat as much as they want to eat. I recommend KMR milk replacement, but there are other brands available. For the minimum amount call a vet, they will tell you. At 2-3 weeks they should eat every 2 hours if weak and every 3-4 if storng (including at night). I never had luck with bottles so I always feed with a needleless syringe, vets usually give them to you for free.
3)You get them to potty by rubbing their bottom with a warm wet cloth or piece of cotton. Sometimes it works to rub the belly. You have to rub until they go. One of my kittens got raw from the rubbing, so I had to put desitin on her.
4)Clean the fur with a warm wet washcloth. This will simulate a mom licking the kitten and should be comforting to it. If it has fleas or needs to be bathed, use baby shampoo.

It is probably too young to be de-wormed, but the do have this stuff called bio-bac I think. It is beneficial bacteria for orphaned kittens. I have never used it, but have seen it at Petsmart.

Keep it on a warm bottle or heating pad since kittens that young don't make their own heat yet.

Definately check for a nice vet, they are out there. Some vets have soft spots for people trying to help little kittens.

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posted 10-17-2003 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jamiya     Edit/Delete Message
How's it going, Katherine?


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