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Help needed for 5 day old bubba's

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by wrinkles, Jun 23, 2009.


  1. wrinkles

    wrinkles PetForums Member

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    Hi all. im looking for some advice regarding my 5 day old kittens. i am currently hand rearing them, and have been since they were 12 hours old due to circumstances out of my control :( so far so good, even though id forgotton how tired you can get! lol im feeding them every 2 hours day and night and all are gaining nicely. they are active little bubba's who now seem to 'know' me, and even purr :eek: anyway sorry to go on {lack of sleep makes me do that!} one of the babies seem's to be getting consipated, i tried adding more water to her milk, but as of this morning we've had no poo for 15 hours :confused: up until this point she was going 3/4 times a day. as im sure you can all imagine this babies mean ALOT to me, and id be heart broken if anything happens now. so my question is there anything i can give/do for her? or should i get her straight to the vets?? thanks for all your help :D
     
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    Hi,

    I presume you have tried wiping their bums with some warm moist cotton wool?
     
  3. celicababe1986

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    congrats on what you are doing. But ditto Elmstar, If you have not tried that yet. Normally the mother would lick round there bums, almost stimulates it to get going. Thats the only thing i can think of at the mo. Good luck
     
  4. wrinkles

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    hi, thanks for reading my post :D yep ive been stimulating them before and after each feed, and usually they have pooed no probs. iread it can be a sign of the milk being to rich, tho im making it down to the letter on the tub. i did add some extra water through the night, but still no sucess! i remember giving my children a drop of sugar water when they were babies to help things along.......but not sure if it would do harm to the kittens. with there blood sugar level's ect? they are due a feed now, so ill try again, and if nothing happens think a phone call to the vet. see what they recommend. im so attached to the little girls already :eek: they are so worth no sleep! thanks again ;)
     
  5. wrinkles

    wrinkles PetForums Member

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    we have poo!!!!!!!!!! thanks guys for being there :D
     
  6. celicababe1986

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    yay!!:D:thumbsup::thumbup::thumbup1:
     
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    aww great news, your doing a great job,;) :)
     
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    Yay!! i can imagin how worried you were!! glad all is well now :D:D:D:D
     
  9. wrinkles

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    thanks guy's :D it is hard work, but they are worth every minuet of lost sleep :D
     
  10. lizward

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    Constipation is a well known problem with hand reared kittens. And I hate to tell you but you ain't seen nothing yet, just wait till they are bigger and start fighting each other for the milk and spilling it all over themselves :D You will get very attached to them, that's for sure.

    Liz
     
  11. wrinkles

    wrinkles PetForums Member

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    i cant wait until they are older, ill feel more in a 'safe' zone once they are up and about. i hand reared a little lad last year for a friend........giving him back was one of the most upsetting things ive ever done. at least with these bubba's both will be staying with me ;) if any one has any tips for sucessful hand rearing id be most greatful :D and sorry for the awful spelling ect......im soooooo tired! lol
     
  12. Supernova

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    Hi there,

    I can totally relate to where you are coming from we seem to have been hand rearing our early generation kittens for most of this year! Ok slight exageration but yes 2 hourly feeds are very exhausting.

    Constipation is a nightmare. Our vet has given us liquid parafin to help out with severe constipation and I have to say it usually does work.

    I find this site very informative for handrearing kittens :)

    HAND REARING KITTENS
     
  13. wrinkles

    wrinkles PetForums Member

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    hi, thanks for link ;) will read it over once eye's are focused! i rang my vet yesterday and he suggested a drop of olive oil ? but ill ask he for the stuff you recommend. we are on day 6 today!!!!! so only another few weeks of no sleep! lol
     
  14. wrinkles

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    hey supernova. im still having a bit of trouble with one of my babies, so was thinking of giving the paraffin a try. do i need to get it from my vets? he's being a bit stubborn at the min and saying olive oil will do it, but ive no luck as yet and we are coming up for 24 hours now without movement :( if i can get hold of some, what would you recommend as a starting dose for 7 day old kittens? ive done a bit of research online and they are saying 0.5ml. does that sound about right to you? thanks for you help in advance :D
     
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    You should be able to get liquid paraffin from a chemists.
     
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    wrinkles PetForums Member

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    thats great thanks ;) any idea's on amounts to give? dont wanna make a bad thing worse!
     
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    just a quick update if no one minds :D both bubba's are doing well!! after a quick dash to the vets for some constipation medicine they are both now pooing regulary;) today is day 8, so please everyone keep everything crossed we can make it. these little girls mean so much :eek:
     
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    Everything's crossed, you're doing a great job :D
     
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    I find that lactolose is a million times better than the liquid parra

    you can buy that from the chemist or the vets, I wouldnt know the doseage though, my older cat is over a stone & very big and has 4 mls per day, sometimes 5 or 6 if he is bad

    so im not sure how the doseage would work or if its ok for kits?
     
  20. wrinkles

    wrinkles PetForums Member

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    hi taylorbaby. thats the stuff the vet gave me ;) they are allowed 0.25ml twice a day. i gave it yesterday afternoon, and by the evening we had lift off!! bless her she wrapped her paw around my finger and nodded off, must have felt so much better for her :eek: ive been instructed to only give it when needed, so she hasnt had any today. but if she seems restless this afternoon and no poo again ill give her another lot. god im sad, getting excited about poo! lol
     
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