I have a 5 week old kitten. His name is Oliver and his mother refuses to feed him and the enviroment he was in was just awful.. the owners of the mother lost the kittens in their house at one point and let their 4 year old son just grab them so i took the kitten to my house yesterday. im feeding him wet kitten food which petco suggested to me. he wont take it though from a bowl so i added water and mixed it and put it in a kitten bottle but he fights me to take the bottle but ive been winning its just he doesnt take much. hes peed twice since hes gotten here. im not sure how to check if he has a fever but he isnt very playful at all. hes incredibly small for his age. hes confined to my room for now as i have a jack russell terrier. he starts meowing whenever i get up and wants to stay near me. any suggestions? im not sure if my vet is even open. i know of an emergency vet quite a distance from my house and wquite expensive as i took an old dog of them there when she had a stroke but i thought maybe this could give me some suggestions...
I would try feeding kitten milk replacer. That would be much easier from a bottle. Try putting it on a small plate, not a bowl. (many years ago when I had kittens), I used to take their noses, and VERY gently stick their noses in the milk on the plate. Just enough so the hair on the end of their mouth got wet. Most of mine figured it out from their, and they were about 5-6 weeks old.
Also, lock up you JR and let the kitten out in the living room with you when you are watching TV. Even if he doesn't play, he would like the attention.
Definately get him some kitten formula ASAP. Also, baby food meats (beef, turkey, chicken) are a great source of easily eaten and digested protein for your new fur-baby, and should help you get some meat on him. You can slowly to incorporate kitten chow later to wean. Based on the fact that he is under-size, probably from malnutrition, I would wait until he is at least 7 weeks old before you start to try to wean him.
Good luck and keep us posted!
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Hi I had the same problem with my cat. She was about 5-6weeks old too. I gave her the mother's milk or milk replacement from the grocery store or walmart sells it too. Plus she loved tuna from a can. she ate that for quite a while. She just loved it. Hope this helps. Good Luck!!
I have about a 4 week old Kitten I am fostering right now. Mom is no where to be found...but we are still searching. What I find is best is to get the KMR milk replacer. It works really well if you get a top to a ziplock plastic container. The edges are short enough for the kitten to get to it easily but high enough to hold a decent amount of milk for him to drink. I also take some canned food and mix it in. He'll mainly still just drinks the milk and just nibbles on the wet food. As also stated above, stick the kittens nose in it slightly, and usually they will take to it.
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You didn't mention whether the kitten has had a bowel movement or not. You may have to take a warm washcloth and rub is behind with it, to stimulate defecation. That's what the mother cat would normally do, but who knows how long she actually did so.