What Can I Do For Constipated Kittens That I Have Been Bottle Feeding?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Ok so some of you are correct. They must be pottied everytime you feed them. I have 4 bottle babies right now and they go to the bathroom everytime. If you do not make them go to the bathroom like the mom would you will create blockage and it raises health concerns. Please run a stream of warm water hold their genital area under the steam and just lightly rub the area. You will be amazed at the amounts at first if they havent been going.
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Kimberley Hur answered
Kittens DO have bowel movements before eating solid food, just like human infants! You must wipe their rear until they pass a bowel movement prior to each feeding, to stimulate the bowels, otherwise your kittens will be in EXTREME pain. Kittens can even die if they get constipated.
Kristi Profile
Kristi answered
I agree with answer #2. Mother cats lick the kittens butts so they defecate AND urinate. A wet cloth is good for replicating that effect.
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Anonymous answered
I think my kittens are around 5 week old, they stared pooping on their own 2 days ago .Yesterday they started to poop but it would only come out a little way and is hard! I stimulated them they did poop more but it was hard. I am still bottle feeding them a formula I got from the vet and started feeding them recovery RE mixed with formula I give this through a syringe. I can't get them interested to eat on their own.What do I do for constipation?
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Sarah Morrow answered
All you need to do is getting a cotton ball damp with warm water and gently rub their genatils until it starts to use the bathroom. The mother cat would normally do this but if you have bottle feeding it is now your job! Please make sure the kitten has a normal bowel movement.
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Anonymous answered
Feed it skim milk in about 8 weeks you can feed it real food with water I have a cat myself thats pregnant
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
Kittens don't have solid bowel movements until they eat solid food. It's pretty clear and runny, like urine, till then. Odds are you won't see movements until then, and when you start training them you should show them where the box is, and put them in it several times a day. They'll pick up on what to do. Good luck.
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
Odds are that they aren't constipated. Kittens don't start having bowel movements until they start eating solid food, this doesn't include bottle feeding. When they are this young, the bowel often looks like a watery substance, with maybe a little discoloration in it. I wouldn't worry about it at this point, you'll see the transition from watery, to runny, to solid bowels when they start eating and drinking water.
They should be weaned at about 6 weeks, and make sure the food that they are going to eat isn't large in size, so they don't choke. I would also keep their dishes full for the time being so that they can easily learn where it is. Good luck.
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You said that they shouldn't poop until they start eating solid food...but thad does not go for the bottle fed kittens...i have a kitten that is almost two weeks old and has been an orphan since it was one week is bottle fed and is yet to you know what i can do??
Jacquelyn Mathis
Jacquelyn Mathis commented
Well, I don't want to steer you in the wrong direction, I know cats, but not a vet, I really think at this point, you should just call and ask about that, hope this helps.
Anonymous commented
TIggersmom, I don't know where you got this information. I have been raising litters of foster bottle baby kittens for some time, plus I volunteer at a rescue that does the same. Newborn kittens of nursing moms have solid poop that is almost black, in little pieces like pellets. Bottle-raised kittens have usually tan-colored poop, which can range from solid (tootsie rolls :-)) to pasty. If it's watery liquid, that's diarrhea, which is a very common problem for baby kittens raised on the bottle.

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