I discovered 3 healthy kittens in a barn nearby my home.There eyes were infected so the barn owner cleared them out and put medicine in thier eyes.We do not no if the kittens are getting anough milk.So we feed them warm milk and soft dog food which they love.Since the mother of these kittens is wild and agressive we cannot touch or handle her.
Infact,we do not know the mother of these kittens.There are at least 3 wild adults watching us handle the kittens at all times.How do we know whos the mother?Or maybe each cat has a kitten.We are unsure.
Its doubtful that each cat has a kitten in a community nest. Mother cats are do not usually like any other cats around their nests, as the kittens get older they get a little less aggressive about it. I would say which ever one looks the skinniest is probably the one with the kittens. I also have kittens that were born in a barn from a stray. I put food out for them but she is the leanest of the strays that come around at the moment because of the drain the kittens put on her.
You can not give them cow milk it can kill them. If is doesn't kill them it will give them extreme diarrhea. You can give them water and cat food. You can give them baby soy formula or cat formula.
The puss in the eyes is a sign of distemper. If you leave the kittens alone for a short time you will see the Mother cat going to them and even maybe try to move them. That is if one of the cats are their Mother and the Mother is still alive.
Keep an eye on them to make sure they are being feed by the Mother. Also leave food for the adult cats.
taters mom-thank you for your comments.As wierd as it sounds most of the time there are always at least 2 adult stray cats looking over us while we are playing/feeding the kittens.Do you know why this could be.
wiley-thanks for the feeding advice. It wasnt puss in their eyes. There eyes wernt open but and something was not letting there eyes open Anything else you suggest? As these cat are born from strays will they grow up to be friendly due to our human reaction?
Mabelle, I mean if you see one lounging on her back, or sitting and licking herself, or sparring with one of the other cats, doing anything that can give you a view of her chest even from a distance. You're right, I wouldn't recommend trying to approach her if she's feral. The bare spots around 3 of her nipples, especially if she has a dark coat pattern, might stand out like bullseyes. Usually each kitten nurses from the same nipple all the time, so there'd only be the 3 bullseyes.
I have a stray cat in the barn with kittens right now and she has evicted all other cats from going in there. Even who I think might be the dad. Mine was only half friendly before she had kittens but for some reason she became very friendly with me when she had them and have handled the kittens as much as possible and are now trying to follow me around. I will try to find good homes for them.
The kits really need to see a vet though. Also the kits need lots of human contact if you don't want them to become feral. This is especially true if you are wanting to rehome them as they grow older if you are not gonna keep them. They also need to be spayed or neutered. If possible you need to trap the other ferals and have them altered so they do not continue to have babies.
The symptoms of panleukopenia can be similar to those seen in dogs with parvo or canine distemper (vomiting, diarrhea and seizures), which is why the disease is sometimes called 'feline distemper'. Panleukopenia in young unvaccinated kittens is usually fatal.
Rebel says "I have never seen a cat die from getting milk. Ping some milk almost everyday or every other day of his life and he is fine. And no he does not get terrible diarrhea either."
Sorry Rebel but I have, my friend lost one of hers. The vet told her NEVER give them cows milk. It was very young and the cows milk did not give them the nutrition they needed. It will cause diarrhea, dehydration and may cause death. My friend cat DID die!
Best is getting kitten formula and it is OK if the mom cat drinks it also.
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 6/11/2007 1:11:11 AM*** Reason: took out mouthy remark
Puss in the eyes is a sign of distemper/Panleukopenia .
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***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 6/8/2007 1:24:12 PM*** Reason: abb
No need to get testy with me Wiley. All I said was I have never seen it. And I did not think the orignal poster was just gonna give the cat milk and nothing. My cat gets some amount of milk daily and he has had no ill effects. The cats my mom had when I was growing up had some milk daily and no ill effects. And the few cats the hubby had growing up got milk with no side effects. My they all did not get soley milk. The gor regular food both canned and dry.
As for the eyes I still say it an URI but then again I am no vet and neither are you I assume. From what I read this cat is young and if it was distemper he would probably be dead already.
OP the kits need to see and vet for any medical issues.