Advice pls...I'm after finding a teeny tiny kitten, eyes not even open!

(34 Posts)
FingersCrossedLegsNot Thu 05-Sep-13 15:35:34

Not an aibu...but need advice quickly. As I said in title we found a tiny kitten, eyes not even open totally abandoned. I think we will keep it.

However I'm not sure how old it is or what I need to do to care for it.

It keeps bawling, for its mama I'm sure.

Can I give it milk....what should I do??

loopylou6 Fri 06-Sep-13 09:06:54

Oooh, how is baba kitty today?

samu2 Fri 06-Sep-13 08:47:49

Please take it to the vets today. Like others have said, mum could have left it because it is ill. Happened to one of my kittens, mum left it and I tried to feed it but it died a day later.

I hope for a great outcome for your little one but it really does need to see a vet as soon as possible.

kerstina Fri 06-Sep-13 08:39:22

Ah what a lovely thread ! Tears in my eyes reading it. Please let us know how you get on.

issey6cats Fri 06-Sep-13 03:16:50

i know this sounds daft but put a soft toy like a teddy bear in with the kitten as it gives him/her something to snuggle up to, and try to get kitten bottles as they are more natural for the kitten suckling than a syringe, cimicat formula is the one that the rescue i work for uses, and when you feed make sure the kitten is the right way up notn upside down like a human baby as they can choke good luck

DaleyBump Fri 06-Sep-13 01:01:15

Marking place, best of luck flowers

MidniteScribbler Fri 06-Sep-13 00:57:02

Look up cat forums in the uk and post there. Sometimes people with a litter will take in an orphan kitten and it will be able to be fed by the cat and raised with another litter. We do it a lot with dogs. My retriever had a little sheltie puppy in among one of her litters, it looked so funny, but she accepted it no problem and raised it. Best little retrieving sheltie ever now smile

Pimpf Fri 06-Sep-13 00:49:12

I've hand reared 2 kittens when their mum died shortly after they were born, there were 3 originally, 1 didn't make it.

I'd had no experience. It was hard work but very rewarding.

As the others have said. Have a very, very good look for the mother and other kittens.

In the meantime a tiny kitten will need two hourly feeds of special formula - 24 hours a day. A far better option would be to find a rescue with mothers and kittens either at the rescue or being fostered, and then add the kitten to one of those litters.

Be prepared for the worst though. It is a very touch and go thing and it's quite likely that, even if you do everything right, the kitten still won't make it.

Let's hope for the best though.

Rooners Thu 05-Sep-13 19:43:28

Aw well done smile you are a great cat mummy!

Are you in Ireland? I'm certain you are by the way you talk!

Porridge05 Thu 05-Sep-13 18:32:01

It's probably been abandoned by its mother ; cats are fairly crap at caring for their offspring.

Get it checked at the vets, If it's been abandoned it may have abnormalities or an illness. In my (not insignificant) experience of caring for abandoned kittens, this could vary from a simple eye infection to a serious problem like a congenital dislocation (my favorite and current cat had tags and it cost ££££ to fix :/).

Set up a bed using a hot water bottle and some clean towels, and get a reasonable sized box to put this bed in as it makes them feel a little more secure if they have their own space.

Kitten formula (from vets or supermarkets) is a must, but you may find kitten it too small to drink from a saucer yet - try using a syringe and small amounts, often to get you started.

Good luck smile

YoniBottsBumgina Thu 05-Sep-13 17:54:01

You could try putting up a sign in the neighbourhood too to see if anyone's cat has recently had kittens.

IJustNeedANap Thu 05-Sep-13 17:53:36

No advice but wishing you and kitten luck

YouTheCat Thu 05-Sep-13 17:51:26

Definitely get it checked out at the vets. Mummy cats sometimes abandon kittens that have something wrong with them.

digerd Thu 05-Sep-13 17:47:43

Have you got kitchen weighing scales to make sure the kitten is gaining weight?
You will need to feed during the night too and keep it warm.
Going to be colder from tomorrow.
Good luck.

FingersCrossedLegsNot Thu 05-Sep-13 16:50:53

Well we had a manic hour so far, we got tiny little syringes to feed it with and kitten formula. It was very hungry, then I stimulated it to go toilet and it went pee.

So I have a two hourly rota written, to track how much it eats, pees and poops. It's nice and warm now and sleeping.

Hopefully it will survive. I will bring it to the vet also. There was no sign of mama cat or any other kittens, my brother found it. He initially walked past it and thought it was dead but heard it bawling on his way home.

bellasuewow Thu 05-Sep-13 16:31:50

Well done for rescuing this poor creature there is nothing cuter than a kitten I hope it makes it

digerd Thu 05-Sep-13 16:10:23

We had a tiny kitten all on its own in the compost heap at bottom of garden. It cried for hours - calling its mum- but she never came.
We phoned the animal rescue and luckily they had a mother cat with suckling kittens, took it and the mother cat adopted it smile.
That would be the best outcome for a newly born.

MTBMummy Thu 05-Sep-13 16:08:36

Good luck - like having a child it'll be hard work but very rewarding

seagullsid Thu 05-Sep-13 16:06:14

Definitely take it to the vets - it will be less than a week old, very vulnerable to all sorts of infection like cat flu, flea allergies.

Local RSPCA / Cats Protection or local shelters will also help but they will prob want to go through formal adoption process.

Without mum he/she will need to be hand reared (2 hourly feeds through the night etc) so it is a big commitment, and hand reared kits have a tendency to be naughty cats when they grow up! (Never told off by mum, and not reared with litter mates). They are also late developers as mum is not there to teach them how to clean themselves, use the litter tray etc.

Good luck, and well done for rescuing the little thing.

LaVitaBellissima Thu 05-Sep-13 15:58:56

Aww, hope it goes well!

ClangerOnaComeDown Thu 05-Sep-13 15:57:45

Marking place smile bless the lil bundle of purr.

Rooners Thu 05-Sep-13 15:54:43

Oh gosh please update us when you get a spare moment xx

poor little kittycat

FingersCrossedLegsNot Thu 05-Sep-13 15:46:28

Thanks a million all you advice will be taken on board!

Chattymummyhere Thu 05-Sep-13 15:45:05

Get the cat some kitty formula (I know Whelpi and Lactol can be used for puppies not sure for kittens) and kitten bottles, you can get both from pets at home!! You will need to feed it every 2 hours I believe, you will also need to stimulate it for a toilet, warm water on cotton wool rubbed over anus and male/female apart after every feed.

Cat carrier or cardboard box with blankets to help keep warm, ideally a heatpad the type you plug in but I only know where to get them from online although a local vet may have one you can buy not cheap though!

Vets should also be able to help age the kitten for you but only sounds a couple of weeks tops.. There is a pet forum which should be able to help you as it deals with breeding and issues where mum dies or wont feed the litter.. Not sure if I am allowed to post the web address but if you want it pm me!

Good luck!!

p.s match sticks and coffee will be your friend!

Yonilovesboni Thu 05-Sep-13 15:43:25

Awwwww get it checked and safe. Then a cute kitten pic please!!grin

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