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Cat Experience, anyone??

Jun 25, 2011 - 8 comments

Ok, so there's a cat at DH's work that had kittens yesterday.  She was taking care of them until some idiot there decided to move them.  He didn't touch the kittens themselves but the old T-shirt they were laying on and now the mother won't take care of them.  I'm going to get them here in a bit and bring them home.  I want to know if there's any hope of getting the mother to take care of them again.  If so, how?  Or should I just let her be and take care of the kittens myself...any tips for that?  I have a general idea of how.  

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by AnnieBrooke, Jun 25, 2011
I'd shut her and the kittens into a tiny space, like a back bathroom or closet, and let nature take its course.  if you wind up caring for them, it's a TON of work, from tube feeding to cleaning butts about every 3 or 4 hours around the clock, so if you can give her quiet and safety she might well take up with them again as her milk hurts her.  If you do wind up caring for them, you'll need to buy KMR (kitten milk replacer), and that stuff is not cheap either.  If you wind up tube-feeding them, get the vet to show you how.  Best bet is their mama.  Keep the kids from disturbing them.  Good luck!

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by LosingMyMindInGA, Jun 25, 2011
I was already planning to get the KMR and I have the small kitten bottles and droppers from the last couple of kittens from there we tried to save.  They haven't eaten since yesterday afternoon so I'm afraid to wait oo much longer to give them nutrition.  I can't pick them up til DH goes on break at 3.  By then it will be about 24 hours since they've eaten.  STupid small town, no vets are open here and the only emergency place is 45 minutes away and won't do any phone consults.  

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by LosingMyMindInGA, Jun 25, 2011
If I can atleast keep them alive til Monday we might can get the humane society to find a cat rescue in the area to take them.  DD14 is gonna help take care of them if necessary.  It'll be good experience for her since she is going to start volunteering at the humane society next week.

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by margypops, Jun 25, 2011
I agree with Annie with my new experience but gut feeling about cats they would be best together with mom and she has the milk to feed them,, make sure they are not disturbed , thats probably why she left ..Can you put them where the mom will hang out ?

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by LosingMyMindInGA, Jun 25, 2011
Well Mom took off and hasn't been seen since yesterday.  I have the kittens here, fed them all and they ate pretty well and are sleeping.  They all seem to have pooped so that's a plus.  Next step is to clean them.  I have them in a box with a towel and a warm compress underneath it.  We'll see how it goes.

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by opus88, Jun 25, 2011
can you try and set a trap for mama? they of course would be far best off with being reunited....I sent you a site that tells all bout feeding newborns and for ones that young it would need to be a min. of 12 feedings per day...thats every 2 hours and a huge commitment.....♥

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by AnnieBrooke, Jun 25, 2011
Wish I was in your neck of the woods, I have one of the Havahart traps, and they are great, work with the wildest of feral cats.  We've had to use it three times (we get a lot of abandoned cats at our rural location) and there is always a cat in it the next morning.  Any chance of renting one?

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by LosingMyMindInGA, Jun 25, 2011
Problem with trapping mama is there are about 20 cats (literally) running aruond Dh's work.  He works at a rendering plant (they process the unused pieces from chickens) so it's a magnet for ferrel cats.  This is like the bazillionth litter of kittens born there since Dh started 3 years ago.  They typically don't mess with the litters but for some reason this dipwad decided to move them (and was subsequently cussed about by a few cat-lovers).  A trap would probably catch every cat but the mama, we don't have a trap anyway.  Wouldn't know where to rent one in this dinky town either.  

The kittens seem to be doing well, they all eat good..two of them are little pigs, one eats well but small amounts and the fourth takes a little coaxing to get the sucking reflex going but will do well once you trigger it.  They are doing better eating from a 1ml dropper right now even though i have the newborn kitten bottles. They are eating about every 2-2 1/2 hours.   When they start rooting aruond and mewing a lot we feed them and try to stimulate them to potty after each feeding.  I gave them their first bath with Dawn antibacterial (not the face of course) becuase of the bacteria where they were born.  I'll repeat this daily for a week or so then switch to kitten shampoo.  

DD14 has been helping me and will be getting up with me at night to feed them.  That way we can get it done in half the time.  

The last two kittens we brought home were born inside the bumper of a tractor trailer and abandoned before they were even cleaned off.  They weren't discovered for several hours so by the time I got them they were pretty well gone :(  They still had the birth stuff on them and hadn't nursed at all.  Atleast these kittens got a better start, they were cleaned and nursed before they were moved and abandoned. At the absolute very least I just want to keep them alive until Monday and see if the Humane Society here knows of a cat rescue close by.  If not, we'll just continue to take care of them.  DD14 and I are catlovers anyway.  I grew up with cats, just never had any quite so tiny and needy before :)  

They are just the most adorable little rat-looking things you've ever seen LOL.  I'll have to upload pics of them tomorrow :)

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