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I Have A 3 Week Old Kitten And Mother Will Not Take Care Of It, It Was A Litter Of 4 And The Other 3 Didnt Make It, What Should I Do About Getting This One To Havea Bowel Movement?

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Just in case anyone ever reads this - I realize it's been 2 years since the question was asked but I assume someone may see this page again someday and get the wrong advice-
Do NOT heat up the kitten formula in the microwave! The formula nutritional value changes and it will also get too hot too quickly. Get some water in a cup or bowl and heat it (a warm water bath), then place the bottle of formula in the warm water to heat the formula slowly. The formula needs to be warm but not hot. Always test it on your wrist before giving to the kitten. Also, if the kitten is crying it does not always mean it is hungry. Do not ever feed a kitten cow's milk, go purchase a kitten formula from your local vet or store. Go search around on the internet about raising orphaned kittens, there is a lot of good advice out there. Kittens need to be kept warm, burped after meals, stimulated to urinate/defecate before and after every meal, have their little tummies rubbed to help stimulate digestion, cleaned with a warm damp cloth like mother kitty would do, lots of love and attention....etc...etc.... It is very stressful and time consuming, but worth every effort when you see this little kitty grow! Not all kittens will make it, and if you have done everything you can to help it survive, do not blame yourself.
If you have the internet to look at this message, it is good idea to use it to do some research instead of asking random people on message boards. Just type "Raising orphaned kittens" or something along those lines into the search area and you will find plenty of articles written by experienced people. It is amazing what people responded with on this page.....I hope that the advice given from some of the responses was not used.
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Kristi answered
To make the kitten go potty, you have to stimulate the rear end, like a mother cat would do. With either a clean finger, or a soft wet cloth, stroke the kitten underneath the tail from the bottom up. A few strokes should get it to defecate. Hope this helps!
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we need help how to feed a 3week old kitten please help us !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cause are kitten would not stop asking for milk and it WILL NOT stop meowing ????
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Is mom on crack? The delivery truck didn't carry any maternal instincts on that trip. Hand feed the 'motherless child' with a nippled baby bottle, warmed of course and spend more time, than usual with & have more direct contact with the 'orphan'. Hold her in your hands or on your lap in a blanket for warmth. Her lack of feeding by what's her name, may well have been nothing. Keep a separate kitty litter box for baby, put her right in to it after you feed her. You can be the Mother, this animal never had, You will have to provide all the introduction and training for her life in the house, all that she is going to ever get! Good training, Mom!
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shela donovin answered
I have raised a very small kitten from when it was a baby. All you need to do is go to a vet that sells little bottles and get some mothers milk and put it in the bottle after it is about 10 seconds warmed up in the microwave. Try and get a little toy and a bed for it and I read in a book that if you wrape a ticking alarm clock in a blanket and put the kitten by it, the alarm clock will remind the kitten of its mother and it will calm it down and it then wont feel lonely.
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Anonymous answered
Wipe its bowel area with wet cotton wool balls, it should make it go.
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Danielle answered
You can get supplement milk from your vet and a feeder bottle and feed it yourself. I have done this in the past. It is a big responsibility though and you have to feed it every hour or 2 just like a human baby. Good Luck!
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we need help how to feed a 3 week old kitten . it wont stop asking for more and more food and it WILL NOT stop meowing and we are up all the time to feed it please help us we really need help
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Anonymous answered
Thank you for your response "Guest", I almost had a heart attack when I seen that microwave bit. I have raised a few kittens (and puppies) myself and the information above is absolutely correct. Again, thank you.
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Anonymous answered
If it hasn't had a bowel movement yet and you are feeding it--ask your vet what you should do-you may have to take it to the vet.

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