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Old 05-07-2013, 10:41 AM   #8
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Depends on how young it is and if it is sick or not if it will survive. I found two kittens years ago that were abandoned. Neither of them made it. I was young at the time and didn't take them to the vet. If I were you, I would take it to a vet and have it checked out. Vet will be able to give you a better assessment. Being a cat lover myself, I know I would probably want to keep it too. Good luck!! Keep us up to date on the kitty.

Oh, and if he is OK and you do keep it, kittens are just like puppies. . . love to get into things But they are a lot of fun!!
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Take it to a vet asap. The staff there will be able to advise you on how best to proceed in terms of care and nursing baby kitty back to health.

Good on you for taking action when the lady you spoke with did not.

Please keep us updated!
I will definitely get to the vet as soon as possible!



That's encouraging that the one you found was even younger. I will as the vet about how often the feedings need to be....

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As others have said, the first thing to do is take it to the vet and have it tested for any illnesses. Once it's a little older, it will probably need to be de-wormed and treated for common parasites like coccidia (it's rare for kittens born outside not to have these small problems).

It sounds like you already have the kitten formula, which is great, but you need to feed it very frequently (every few hours) at this young of an age (just like a human baby). You'll should only have to do this frequent of feeding for a few more weeks (2-3 weeks max) before you can introduce it to regular kitten food and let it self-feed when you are not home. Until then, do you know anyone who could feed it when you are not around? Or could you ask the vet if there is a way to set up a self-feeder with formula in it?

Please do keep us updated! If you have been wanting a cat, then I say the arrival of this kitten is telling you just one thing: the time has come!
Thanks!! I'm considering asking the vet if he can board it...during the day? Or maybe until it is old enough to be alone for 8 hours? No one I know would be able to help, everyone works except for one girl who also happens to be terrified of cats.

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If it's walking, it's old enough to survive.

The crying is normal, because it's not normal for them to be alone. Cats are social animals, they're just more independent than dogs. At that age, they're not away from their mom for long, even then there's usually siblings.

Things you should know before taking thing on. They are born as needy as a human newborn. A lot of the advise is the the same, like you can't spoil a newborn. They have their emotional needs too. Having a good bond with the mom (even seragate) feeling loved and secure is the key to them having healthy bonds as an adult.

They can not maintain their body temperature. A newborn can die of hypothermia on a warm spring day, if it's not warm enough. They need to be kept in a warm room, provided with lots of cuddles, and blankets. Sasha felt better when she had a plush doll to cuddle with when I couldn't.

They need to be fed every 4-6 hours, if memory serves. I would start weening immediately because once those teeth grow in they'll chew off those bottle nipples almost immediately. I was unable to find a place that sold the nipples separately, and buying bottles every feeding or 2 adds up.

They are also not born with the ability to use the bathroom on their own. You have to take a damp washcloth and wipe their bottoms to trigger a reflex.

Cats are clean because their mamas gave them high standards by bathing them constantly. You'd have to reproduce this, before and after meals, naps, bathroom, being touched. You'll be bathing them like 100x a day.

And finally, there's an ongoing debate on whether cats are actually domesticated. Basically cats long ago learned to behave in a way that gets them a free ride. That knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation. If you have another adult cat, they will teach it, if not it's up to you. Do to the language barrier, it takes significantly more work to teach them everything from litter training to playing nice. Teaching them not to bite is one of the hardest.

If you don't feel up to the task, there are fosters who specialize in this.
Wow, this is a lot of good advice. I will try to the keep the spoiling thing in mind...we spoiled our family dog and I always regret that as he has a lot of anxiety and control issues as an adult. Also I did not realize that about frequent bathings....I was thinking I should clean it as little as possible! I will invest in some kitty wipes.


THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED. I'm feeling tons better now.....plus I had a friend pop over to feed him, and she said he was sleeping when she got there and sleeping when she left, so at least he's not just crying for hours on end.

I will update (and try to get a real picture up from my phone) after the vet visit.

I think she might have meant that you ~are~ supposed to do everything you can to baby and spoil it...but it won't turn out spoiled bc babies need that.

(I could be wrong, tho.)
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