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Old 06-13-2013, 12:53 AM
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Most husband's bring their wives home flowers or candy. My husband brought me home 3 baby kittens!! I don't know what to do? Our cat had kittens years ago, but she tended to them, and I just loved on them! We thought at first maybe their eyes were just opening, but now I think two of them have eye infections--one is really bad. Once I picked it up and there was puss coming from the eye and it did not have either eye open. Now sometimes both eyes are open, sometimes one, sometimes neither. Same for other kitten. 2 of them weigh 11oz and 1 weighs 12oz. My problem is feeding. I bought little bottles and kitten formula. It said for their weight they should take 2oz every 2 hrs. I can't even get .04oz down all three! I have tried and tried. They won't suck the bottles AT ALL! I make them open their mouth and I squeeze the milk and they have no choice but to swallow. One does fair, one does so-so, the one with the really bad eyes doesn't do well at all. I don't know what to do! Any suggestions??
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How old do you think they are? Can they lap from a bowl yet?
For their eyes, wipe with warm saltwater (boiled water, 1 tsp salt per pint) then add eyedrops. OTC drops in the UK are Goldeneye and Brolene, I use these regularly on baby guinea pigs with sticky eyes, I'm not sure of the US equivalent. If the eyes are infected you will need a prescription cream such as fucithalmic, so they will need to see a vet.
Check them for fleas, fleas can do a lot of damage to tiny kittens.
If they are really young you will need to stimulate them to toilet. Rub the genital area with damp cotton wool or a face cloth. If they haven't been stimulated (usually by mums licking) they can't empty their bladder/bowels, which might be why they aren't feeding.
Can you take their temperature? If the eye infection is making them ill, that also might be stopping them feeding.
What happened to the mother cat, do you know?
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If I had to guess 3 maybe 4 weeks, but I'm no good at telling. They don't have any fleas. They don't have any teeth if that helps telling age. I am going to take them to the animal shelter in my city in the morning because I have been told it is a no kill shelter. I just want advice to keep them alive through the night.
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Oh wow! I hope you have gotten some help with those babies.
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Do you have a syringe? It's much easier to feed them through one.
Sounds like they have cat flu, it can kill young kittens, they need
meds and around the clock care. Pinch their skin, see if it forms a
tent, if it does that means they are dehydrated. Keep the kittens
away from your pets, make sure you can get liquids down and
keep them warm, get them to the vet or shelter asap.
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The dogs haven't touched them, but, of course, I have and the dogs have nosed the box they were in and gotten close enough to look at them up close. Also, the dogs have sniffed the floor behind where one of them was set down a minute for me to try and feed. Should I be worried?
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I don't have any advice but thank you for caring enough to try to keep them going.
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Look Tina, to give you an idea, this is the treatment plan/amount of meds it
takes to try and cure feline upper respiratory tract disease aka cat flu in young
kittens. Literally every half hour care. It's very challenging. In adult cats it's not
a big deal, but in young kittens it can be deadly. Number one step would be for
the vet to hydrate them by injecting liquids under their skin, then it's around the
clock care. If you are determined to bring them to the shelter in the am, try
your best to force feed them the formula through a syringe(without needle) and
stimulate them to pee & poop. If you have any other questions please don't
hesitate to ask.
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