4 week stray kittens I took in (6 replies)
Hello everyone - I am new to this site. I signed up because I need help =/ here's the story.
I found 2 live 4 week old kittens in an abandoned laundry facility. One was dead. I had to grab them so they didn't die. I took them to the vet and got them tested - they are negative for both tests so that's good. I got them on antibiotics, because when I took them - their eyes were leaky and they were sneezing and they had runny noses. They are better in that department. I continue to give them the anti-biotic. I've had them since Tuesday 27th of July 2017. They are active and happy. I have them drinking the kitten replacement milk out of a dish. So that's good.
Here is my dilemma. I thought that I could get them in foster care. Everywhere here is full. So I cannot get them to a safe place. I start back at work on the 5th of July. I'm super worried about how they are going to eat when I'm not home. Prob around 9 or so hours. I'm trying to get them to eat gruel and leaving it in the room when I'm not in it, but no deal. I've put a little on my finger and had them smell it and put a bit on their lips but they hate it.
I need recommendations (Helpful ones - not ones where you tell me to find someone else, because I'm most defiantly trying that.)
Hi, welcome to Petful!! 🙂
Firstly, thank you for saving the kittens and getting them the help they need - you're a rock star!
If you don't have relatives or friends that you are comfortable with having stop by during the day, you can try using a pet sitter. (I am one, and this is definitely something that we do.) The upside is that you have someone that can come in when you aren't there to check on them and to feed them. The downside is that it costs money to hire pet sitters - how much is really dependent on the individual pet sitter and the area that you are in.
Many people use places like Care.com or Sittercity.com to find pet sitters - you can also network at the vet's office. Many vet techs "moonlight" as pet sitters!
Are kittens eating on their own yet? -- if yes, leave them in a room (with dish of dry and wet food AND bowl of water) where they will NOT get into trouble or injure themselves (e.g., a secure place) -- NOTE: it is better if someone is around most of the time, especially if they're still bottle feeding. -- Reach out to Rescues in your area -- ASK your Vet for assistance and advice -- after all, Vets are part of the pet industry: it's their full-time job -- they SHOULD KNOW something. -- KEEP US UPDATED! Btw, for someone who's never done this before, you're doing very well.
hey so I found a friend that will come visit them once while I'm at work. That is a load off my mind. I still worry though. Are they going to be ok, will they go to the bathroom and no one around to clean them, did the dewormer medison work, etc etc. They are eating and very playful so I think they should be alright.
Like I said, I really don't have any other options. Literally NO ONE will take them. I am on two waiting lists though. So at least there is that.
Ms - the only issue is, even though they eat by them selves on a plate. I have to kind of coax them.
Thank you both for your response. I've been stressed.
It is really stressful to manage, but you are doing all the right things and you are doing a great job. Don't be afraid to reach out for help, and if you can afford it, to hire a pet sitter too - even if it's only one or two days a week to do a visit. If you get one that works as a vet tech, they will have that medical expertise to be able to help out.
No matter what, take a deep breath and remind yourself that this isn't forever. These little fur babies are going to grow up fast! You're doing awesome!
You're on two waiting lists -- are both these shelters NO-KILL shelters? -- make sure when you release your kitties to them they will do everything to ensure kitties will land in loving situations. In addition, kitties need play time -- socialization -- have toys around -- sticks with feathers, balls to chase, blankies to pull on and hide under, etc. -- what about their food? -- give wet as often as possible. -- If you're serving them milk, purchase goat's milk instead of cow's. Water is always good.
Sounds like your kitties are developing well and since they're playful and eating well, that's a big hint that they're doing well 🙂 We've fostered many kittens, even pregnant mamas and their litters and orphaned kitties. I think those 2 little ones will be fine with a daily visit from your friend because you got them off to a great start in life--taking them to the vet for a check-up was the best thing you could do for them, other than rescuing them in the first place.
You did GOOD!!
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