Monday, May 6, 2013

I Found a Litter of Kittens! What Do I Do?

HERE is a great article from Animal Alliance NYC about what to do if you find a litter of kittens. Below are pictures of a very young litter I rescued last week:

You CANNOT feed kittens cow's milk and do not try to give them water!! It will give them diarrhea and dehydrate them. You need kitten replacement milk and a bottle set from PetSmart. They eat tiny amounts of food so do not squeeze too much food in their little mouths. You also have to take a cotton ball and gently swirl it over their little behinds to stimulate them to pee and poo, something their mother usually does for them. They need to be on a heating pad and kept very warm. As soon as you can, call your local vet offices and animal rescue groups to see if an experienced bottle feeder is available to foster the kittens. In the meantime, please click the link above to see how it's done. 

You also must bathe them in warm water, as they are too young to groom themselves. Here is my husband bathing them in our bathroom sink:

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