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    Default Re: Not horsey but need advice! Kitten.

    Vets first. Spend the day reading up on kitten care and then google RAW feeding. Happy days, lucky kitten .... as long as you feed him raw .. otherwise I take it all back and he isnt lucky to have found you
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    Default Re: Not horsey but need advice! Kitten.

    Quote Originally Posted by Antw23uk View Post
    Vets first. Spend the day reading up on kitten care and then google RAW feeding. Happy days, lucky kitten .... as long as you feed him raw .. otherwise I take it all back and he isnt lucky to have found you
    i feed raw too but think thats a bit OTT, know loads of none raw fed happy healthy cats......................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hallo2012 View Post
    i feed raw too but think thats a bit OTT, know loads of none raw fed happy healthy cats......................
    Im just teasing, wind ya neck in sunshine and have a wonderful day
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antw23uk View Post
    Im just teasing, wind ya neck in sunshine and have a wonderful day
    ditto, you delightful and wonderfully polite individual.....................

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    Is there any news,did he make it ?

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    Default Re: Not horsey but need advice! Kitten.

    I'm a bit late to this thread, so sorry if all of this is a bit late:

    At around 4 weeks, a feral kitten will be almost exclusively suckling, so you will need kitten replacement milk (it must be for kittens), you can normally get this from a dedicated pet shop or a vet. The package should contain a bottle and a couple of teats to get you started.

    KRM must be made with boiled and cooled water - if you mix with boiling water and allow to cool you can destroy some of the nutrients in the milk. KRM must be made fresh each time you feed.

    As you don't know how old s/he is, and for how long s/he had been alone for, offer a small amount (about 5-10mls) every hour. If this is consumed immediately, increase by 5mls for the next feed.

    Before and after feeding, you will need to stimulate the bladder and bowel. Use some warm water on a cotton ball and rub (quite firmly) in the genital region.

    If the kitten doesn't seem to toilet, or if the kitten develops a pot/bloated belly, you must take them to a vet straight away, as constipation is a bit danger for hand raised kittens.

    Be prepared to pour your heart and soul into hand feeding, and then have the kitten make a down turn - it happens occasionally, but hopefully at 4 weeks, they are not as delicate!

    For other items: a box of some description with bedding in it (can be a towel, or hay/straw), and a hot water bottle well wrapped - kittens like to make nests. A litter tray (shoe box lid), with non-clumping litter (personally I prefer the silica for rodents), a scratching/climbing post and some toys. Oh, and a safe environment where they wont be disturbed constantly

    I've currently got 7 cats, all of whom are rescues, and 4 of which I've bottle fed to some degree from approx 2 weeks old.

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    Hi Pinkypie. Firstly good work on saving this kittens life.

    I work in 'cat rescue' so have some experience of orphan kittens. As this kittens care will depend on how old (s)he is it's best to get a good estimate of that first. As a rough guide kittens put on, give or take, 100g per week so if you weigh them you can make a better guess. To make the maths easier, and as a fairly accurate guide, a four week old kitten would be 400g (five week old 500g etc)

    Once you know how old the kitten is you will know whether you need substitute milk (e.g. cimicat, babycat) and how much in how many feeds it will need or whether the kitten can be weaned. Please do not feed raw, this can give adult cats a good diet if done correctly but the varying nutritional requirements of kittens mean it is far easier and better to feed specific weaning or kitten cat food. Over two weeks the kitten should be toileting itself, although not necessarily finding the litter tray successfully! Kittens get their warmth from their mums so you will need a heat pad (or a hot water bottle swaddled in blankets or towels) to keep her/him warm.

    Cats are only feral if they have not been handled as kittens (primarily in the socialisation window of 2 to 7 weeks) and as this kitten has you it wont be feral for much longer! However, if the kitten is over four weeks of age and was not hissing at you when you met it may have been dumped. Sadly this happens a lot.

    The one problem you will have is that kittens learn social boundaries from playing with their siblings and single orphans do miss out on that. It can lead to aggressive behaviour as they grow up. We always put single kittens with other kittens (once health checked) as this learning is so important for the kittens behavioral development. If you have another cat this will still help hugely with installing manners into the kitten, so do let them interact when the kitten is a bit older.

    If you would like more advice or have any more questions please pm. As Casey76 said bringing up orphan kittens a is hugely rewarding although often exhausting and heart breaking task. You may find a local rescue to you can help you too. You can find them here www.catchat.org. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Not horsey but need advice! Kitten.

    Please update OP .....

    Been back to this thread loads of times today 😁

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    Default Re: Not horsey but need advice! Kitten.

    Quote Originally Posted by Antw23uk View Post
    Vets first. Spend the day reading up on kitten care and then google RAW feeding. Happy days, lucky kitten .... as long as you feed him raw .. otherwise I take it all back and he isnt lucky to have found you
    Can you get raw cat milk? I can’t imagine it being too ethical!

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    Default Re: Not horsey but need advice! Kitten.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiona View Post
    Please update OP .....

    Been back to this thread loads of times today ��

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