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Noctan
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8/13/2013 1:49:36 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
These two neighborhood kids had got a 4 week old kitten from a guy giving them out for free. They came over and showed me, and I was worried. Kittens should not be taken from their mother at such a young age, but the mother must have died. I told the kids to not hold it too much, and to give it some milk with an eyedropper, or break up bread into bits then soak in warm milk. The parents obviously didn't care about the kitten, as they told the kids to put it in a shed in a box, and also because of what happened to it.

I was outside playing with these two kittens that my cat Chloe had when I first found her. I heard something that at first I thought was a bird. Then my cat Grey went over to check it out, And I see him following a tiny white kitten that looked like Rose (the kids' kitten)and was mewing loudly.. It was all dirty and I went over to it and tried to pick it up and it ran. Eventually I got it and at first I thought the poor things eyes were gouged out or something, then realized they were REALLY infected, and it got to one of its nostrils and clogged it. They must have been holding it too much and eventually just let it go.

I took it inside and put blankets in a box, cut a smaller box and used that as the bed, used a tinfoil container and put litter in it for a makeshift catbox, and put that in my room. (all fitting into the box) After I did this, I gently cleaned its eyes with a wet warm cloth, and applied some cat eye ointment (that I had some left from another trip at the vet) and put some in its eyes. The poor cat was terrified, and wouldn't move from where I put it in the box. Shortly after it started mewing, and I got an eyedropper, put some milk in a dish and heated it, opened the kittens mouth, and it started drinking the milk from the eyedropper.

It isn't as scared anymore, and is asleep cuddled into the blankets of the box. I'm not going to give the kitten to the kids, as they're parents obviously didn't care about the cat, and they let it go in the first place. This may seem harsh, but they're just kids, and without the parents help won't be able to do much.

This is my first time taking care of a kitten this young, and if there are any tips or things I can do, please tell me. I'm planning on taking it to the vet, not for the eyes, as I know what to do there, but to get a extra check to see if the kitten has any other things that need to be taken care of. But again, any tips or other things I can do, PLEASE tell me.
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drafterman
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8/13/2013 1:59:29 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
tl; dr

So I'm just going to assume you're asking what marinade goes best with cooked kitten and recommend something homemade, a brine to counteract the natural sweetness of the meat. Just be sure to shave ALL the fur off. That can really ruin the meal.
NightofTheLivingCats
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8/13/2013 2:13:32 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 8/13/2013 1:59:29 PM, drafterman wrote:
tl; dr

So I'm just going to assume you're asking what marinade goes best with cooked kitten and recommend something homemade, a brine to counteract the natural sweetness of the meat. Just be sure to shave ALL the fur off. That can really ruin the meal.

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orangemayhem
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8/13/2013 4:32:46 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
You probably shouldn't be too worried about the eyes, and you shouldn't worry if they still seem gunky afterwards: my three cats all have naturally slightly gunky eyes, but it's nothing particularly to worry about.

I would say your big priority with the vet would be to try and get an approximate age: that'll be key for finding out weaning stage, level of development, etc.
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orangemayhem
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8/13/2013 4:34:32 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 8/13/2013 4:32:46 PM, orangemayhem wrote:
You probably shouldn't be too worried about the eyes, and you shouldn't worry if they still seem gunky afterwards: my three cats all have naturally slightly gunky eyes, but it's nothing particularly to worry about.

I would say your big priority with the vet would be to try and get an approximate age: that'll be key for finding out weaning stage, level of development, etc.

Oops, forgot that it said 4 weeks...
You're right, that is far too young. Normally you can't take cats away from their mothers until at least 14 weeks. Ask the vet for advice: it may need very specialist care. Feeding it from an eyedropper is absolutely correct for now though.

I salute you, carer of kittens!
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8/13/2013 4:36:36 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 8/13/2013 1:59:29 PM, drafterman wrote:
tl; dr

So I'm just going to assume you're asking what marinade goes best with cooked kitten and recommend something homemade, a brine to counteract the natural sweetness of the meat. Just be sure to shave ALL the fur off. That can really ruin the meal.

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8/13/2013 4:40:05 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Well that was very caring of you to take care of the kittens like that. You seem to know some stuff about cats, but I don't know what more I could really tell you to do, as I am un-educated in animal care. I would probably go with taking it to the vet, just know that its going to cost you money. If you plan on keeping the cat it may be worth it to you.

My supervisor found a injured bird on the road by our building when we were patrolling and making our rounds, and he took it home in a box to take care of it. It took him about a week to find a place that would take care of it for free.
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8/13/2013 8:06:10 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I don't know what I can tell you that the vet won't. Just be sure to keep an eye on it as often as possible; a kitten's health can change very drastically very quickly. Feed it every few hours or as often as it'll accept food (unless it won't accept food, in which case force feed it).