Originally posted by FullMoonMadness
I know this has nothing to do with nursing. My husband rescued a kitten,very small,eyes still closed from under our house. The mama got hit by a car and we looked for others but couldn't find them. We are bottle feeding it every 2 hours since around 11 pm Saturday night(my own kids didnt have that kind of schedule).Does anyone have any experience with this.My other animals are very jealous but i guess thats to be expected. should I be doing anything special that I dont know about? Thanks for your repplies.(sp)
Now you're in MY area of expertise.
First of all, what are you feeding it? I reccomend a product called KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer) that you can find at any pet store. Feeding every 2hrs is a good move at this point.
Now here's the bit most people don't know about. Immediately after feeding, you need to take a warm damp cloth (paper towel will do) and gently rub its anus and genitals. This should stimulate it to urinate and deficate. This is something mom usually does for them. At that age, they are incapable of urinating or deficating on their own. They need the little reminder.
Keep it warm and quiet with a dark place to hide when it wants to.
Incidentally, sexing a kitten that age can be tricky. Best bet is to judge by the distance from the anus of the urethra. If it is a short distance, female. If that's a tough call, you can judge by the coloring believe it or not. Most orange tabbies are male, most tortoise shells are female and it is a virtual guarantee that if it is a calico, its female. If you have a male calico, you have a valuable cat!