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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:51 pm 
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Our bengal had a unexpected litter of kittens 3 days ago , she had 3 kittens all weighing between 74 -86 g.
They seem to struggle to suckle for long before they take it in turns to push each other out of the way, it also takes them forever to find her teats(they are very small but there is definately milk there), although i have tried trimming the fur around them.
One of them gained expected weight approx 14g per day,the other kitten seemed almost lifeless at birth and after we have bottle fed him he has gained more energy to feed more from his mum so am happy about his weight now.
My problem is with the 3rd kitten she was 74g at birth and seems to struggle to feed from her mum for long. She is only weighing 68g now , i bought some milk from vets and have been trying to bottle feed her , although she is not at all interested, and cant get her to have much at all.
I will feed her every other hour through the night and will call vets in morning.
I would be greatful if anyone has any advice ? :cry:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:44 pm 
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The poor thing, I hope she picks up soon, how was the litter unexpected, did you not know the queen was pregnant, or have the kittens come early? just curious. I cant help you with your problem though.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:00 am 
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Hi,

Have you checked that his airways are clear? If you are feeding with a bottle, then I would try to syringe a few drops into him, very carefully and make sure that his nose stays clear. Let a couple of drops fall on his tongue so that he gets the taste for the milk. If he swallows easily, then I would put the bottle teat into his mouth again so that he gets used to the suckling reflex. This will make it easier for him to feed from Mum. Put him back with his Mum after you have fed him and gently place him near a nipple. The more he drinks from the bottle, the quicker he will gain strength to feed from Mum. Even if he just drinks a few drops every hour, it will keep his strength up, and he will eventually be able to latch on.

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Sorry, I should have said her :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 1:03 am 
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Hi
just read your post...poor little baby. I don't know if it will help but if you read a post called maiseys babies in breeding section (page 6 )I think it explains how to wind little ones it maybe of some help, some of it is very sad but you may pick up on some info. Hope it will help

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:33 am 
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Thank You ! I fed her last night and when i woke up in night to feed her she was suckling from mum for quite a while as the other two were asleep.
I didnt disturb her but she is still same weight this morning so will carry on with topping her little tummy up with milk.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:40 am 
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aww the poor little thing.... well its good that she is suckling well now,

let us know how she gets on...


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:31 am 
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Hi
Good news she is feeding now...I bet you had a big smile on your face and gave a huge sigh of relief when you saw her feeding ...so pleased for you

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:49 pm 
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How's the little one doing?

Sending hugs to her :D

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:23 pm 
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hi there, just caught up with this one.
believe me i know how stressful this is but the fact she hasn't lost weight overnight is a very good sign, & that she's suckling when the bigger ones aren't pushing her off.
the "maisy's babies" thread was mine, so i certainly understand!
do make sure you wind them after bottle/syringe feeds & also make sure mum is toileting them, if not you may need to help out as constipation & wind can be very serious for such little ones. you may want to get some nutridrops too, you can usually order them very quickly from online vet shops. they give a nutrient boost which helps give them a little more energy.
it does sound like she's getting there though, fingers crossed for you & the babies.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:05 pm 
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hi
I hope you didn't mind me citing your post Ren, (Maisies babies) but it came to mind as soon as I read the post, it was so memorable and touching.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:39 pm 
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sue wrote:
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I hope you didn't mind me citing your post Ren, (Maisies babies) but it came to mind as soon as I read the post, it was so memorable and touching.

sue


not at all hun, actually i was really touched that you had mentioned it, thankyou.
it's good if we post these things & they can in turn help others :wink:


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She may possibly have a soft palate or tiny pin holes, although it appears she is nursing, she might not be getting anything through.

Try using a 1ml syringe with a long teat if you're having problems with bottle feeding, a single graduation with a 1ml produces just a drop of milk and the long teat would get way beyond the palate, this method would essentially allow the palate to heal if there was a problem.

Bear in mind that the pin holes would be techically invisable to the human eye, so you wouldn't know for sure....It's more of a 'just in case' scenario.

Tube feeding is another option, but no need if she has a strong reflex....tubing a 3 day old kitten is not for the faint hearted anyways!

If you have glucose solution then give her a few drops on the tongue just before feeding for the next couple of days, it's vital that you keep on top of her hydration levels too, hopefully she's not dehydrated yet, but in any case your vet can supply you with 'electrolyte solution' should you need it.


We recently had a similar problem with a newborn boy, he was feeding as normal but not gaining, after 24 hours he started to fade so we stepped in and took over, his palate seemed fine but I had read somewhere about the tiny pin holes.....so I fed him hourly using the above method, after ten days he was back in with mum full time.

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The longer teat is worth a shot if she's still not gaining enough...saved my weeman without a doubt!

Good luck with her.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:24 pm 
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awww luke, congrats on lil man making it :D

how are your little ones doing baileysbengals?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:27 am 
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Hi
just wondering how the little one is doing? Has she put on weight now?

sue


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