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Haybaler    Posted 05-13-2002 at 18:58:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got a question...Mama cat disappeared, and need to know how young can you wean kittens? They are 3 weeks old now, will take from an eyedropper...Any advice? Thanx...Haybaler

WallSal55    Posted 05-14-2002 at 12:39:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can go to the vet, and get a carton of
substitute milk to put in the dropper. (inexpensive). Put your finger in their mouth
to check for teeth. I had a momma cat who
abandoned her kits 2 days before six weeks of age--why? because they were biting, I suppose
Mamma cat thought her job was done.
So, I had to be mamma for the next 48 hours. In 48 hours, they were exactly six weeks old, able to drink from saucer. If there's sharp teeth, they may be able to start on water moistend Kitten Chow.
If yours have no teeth, you do have some work!
Good luck.

Jim (Mi)    Posted 05-14-2002 at 11:56:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Might want to be careful not to overfeed. My mother-in-law found a new born (within days) that the mother was killed and feed her. She ended up killing it. The vet said that it's whatever that seperates the air from water/food enterance is not fully developed and the cat basically drowned itself. Now you said they were three weeks old, do not know how big that is for cats-I am a dog person myself, but might want to consider that.

Jerry B    Posted 05-14-2002 at 07:53:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am bottle feeding some 3 week old kittens myself. Have raised dozens of them over the years this way.

Get a bottle for feeding small animals and open the hole in the nipple so there is a visable hole but not very large. You will work yourself too much feeding from a dropper.

Be sure to "pee" the kitten after eating. A paper towel held under it's butt and rubbed back and forth slowly will relax the muscles and let the bladder drain. If you don't do this every feeding for about 1 week you will get some sick, scawling kittens. Yes it is kinda disgusting but you are going to have replace "momma" for a few more weeks so better get used to it! :)

Oh, and be prepared for the occasionaly "surprise" at "pee time" too! ;)

Drag out the air freshener!

Hand reared kittens are the most loving pets in the world. Got about 20 to prove it.

LH    Posted 05-13-2002 at 19:36:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree With DebRay 6 weeks is a good average.

Lake Champlain fisherman    Posted 05-13-2002 at 19:18:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
use em fer bait. Muskies love em.

DebRay in La.    Posted 05-13-2002 at 19:12:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've weaned kittens at six weeks, they wean as soon as five weeks if you can put there faces to the bowl and touch there face gently to the milk. if they lick the milk your job is done. good luck. Deb & Ray in Louisiana.

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