Rescuing Newborn Kittens

Rescuing Newborn Kittens


I’m here picking up some kittens from a lady who found three babies outside. It’s kind of cold today, so I got a little snuggle safe ready for them, so they’ll be nice and warm, and we’re gonna go pick em up! -Hi! Is your mom home?
-[Unintelligible] -It’s okay babies, yeah, be careful.
-Be very gentle, careful, just be very soft, very slow. They’re brand new! Babies… So where did you find them? -Um, we- my daughter’s friend found them in a window well outside an apartment in Hamilton Manor. Okay. Did you happen to see if there was a mom…? -The first person found them around one o’ clock and it was six o’clock when I got there, and there was no sign of the mom. -The first person found them around one o’ clock and it was six o’clock when I got there, and there was no sign of the mom.
-There was no mom, okay. Okay! Yeah, cuz I always tell people, like, just wait, because if there is a mom, nobody is better
-Exactly. Yeah. -I was gonna wait, but then I- when a guy walked by, he said no, they were there since one o’clock I figured, okay, it’s been five hours. -I was gonna wait, but then I- when a guy walked by, he said no, they were there since one o’clock I figured, okay, it’s been five hours
-Okay. And you’ve been bottle feeding them? -Um, syringe. Syringe feeding them, cool.
-Yeah. That’s awesome! Have you done that before? -Um, no! [Laughter] Oh my gosh! So how did you know what to do? -Your video! Your video is helpful, and especially like, how to get them to pee and poo. Okay, so they’re all going to go in here. Thank you, you guys are so nice and gentle with them. -Yeah, they helped yesterday. (Child) I wiped the booty! -She wiped the booty. [Laughter] You wiped the booty? [Laughter] That’s awesome! Well, you guys are very cool for helping. Thank you for helping them. They will be in good hands. -Yeah! (Andrew) All right, what we got, Hannah? I just- I’m happy they look good. I love that they knew what to do from the videos. That’s awesome. [Kittens squeaking] So we just got three new kittens and they look to be maybe two days old? Alright, so the first thing that I’m going to do is weigh them. So, this one has a white chin A little diamond on his chest and it’s… Oh, it’s so hard to tell. I think male? [Kitten squeaking]
That’s a male. Got 101 grams! Okay, so this one doesn’t have the white chin.
[Kitten squeaking loudly] And this one’s a little bigger. This one… Oh, it’s really hard to tell! I think they’re both males? These guys are less than a week old. Their umbilical cord is still attached. …And the weight on this one is …116. And this little guy is all black! Looks… Maybe female?
[Kitten squeaking] Soo cute. This one weighs…? This is the tiny one! 95 grams. Okay, so every time I bring in kittens, I weigh them first. So I’ve written down their descriptions and then their weights. The black one was 95.6 grams. And it’s really important to make note of their weights because, as they progress, you want to see them making incremental weight gain every single time that you feed them. So when there’s this young I will weigh them every single time they eat, just to make sure they are gaining weight steadily, and if they don’t gain weight or if they lose weight, that could be an indication that that something is going wrong. Well, she’s good at peeing!
[Kitten squeaking] I loved that little girl being like, “I wiped their butts!” So I have my formula. It’s fresh. I just made it.
It’s warm. I’m going to pull some up. You want to be really careful at this age, because when they’re this young, they don’t actually have a gag reflex yet. So they can very easily aspirate or suck formula down into the respiratory tract and their lungs, so you want to do everything very slow and steady at this age. So I’m going so slow, you almost can’t perceive it, but she is… going for it, a little bit. There’s no rushing with babies this small. Go on a snail’s pace if you have to. I have my finger on her throat so that I can feel that she’s actually swallowing. She only got 1cc of food, but that’s gonna be enough for her for right now. She’s still getting used to the idea of eating out of a syringe, her stomach is still getting used to this formula, so we’re going to stop there and then try again in about two hours. So here’s the one that has the white chin! At this age, they don’t pee on their own;
their moms lick them to pee, So you can gently stimulate them with a soft tissue or a cotton ball or toilet paper… Just gently rub the area so that they can go to the bathroom. And they should pee every time and they should poop about once a day, so this one’s got a little bit of both! So at this age. I’m going to be feeding them with a 3cc syringe with a Miracle Nipple And this is a nipple that you can buy online You can shop on my website at kittenlady.org/supplies to find links for these And these are really, really great, because they’re very small for their tiny mouths. They also have a nice hole cut into them, so the flow is perfect for them and you can really control, uh, you know, how much they’re getting. Slowly introducing it to the mouth and very slowly adding a little drop now. Now, this one is actually latching! That’s beautiful! Look at that. So that’s really what you want, is a nice latch, and then super, super slowly- you can see how slowly I’m compressing the syringe. Nice job! Oh, yes! Full of kitten formula!
So this is the biggest one. I’m just gonna stimulate him to pee real fast…
[Kitten squeaking] All right, let’s see! Are you gonna eat? So especially when they’re this small,
you want to make sure that the formula is a nice, comfortably warm temperature. Make sure that you’re making it fresh, so don’t make like, you know, a giant jug of it and use it for a week. You want to make it fresh every time. He’s a good eater! I love these miracle nipples because they really, they latch so much better on them when they’re this age and the syringe just makes it so that you can very easily measure how much they’re getting. It’s a little harder on a bottle to measure precisely how much they’re getting when they’re this small. Oh my god! He’s eating twice as much as the other ones! Holy moly! -Careful, in there.
Full as a tick! That’s a good meal! And make sure their faces are nice and clean,
and then put them right back where they were
on their heating pad. At this age they are so vulnerable. They have no gag reflex. They don’t control their own body temperature
so right after they eat, they should go right back
on their heating pad.

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