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August 23, 2006


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I hope they make it too, but I would consider preparing the kids. You have to feed them that formula every few hours, round the clock. You can use an eyedropper. You have to use a warm, damp washcloth to clean them after they eat, because they need it to help stimulate their bowels. Do it with short strokes, like a mama cat is washing them. It will probably help that there is now two, but you may have to help keep them warm on your body or with a warm water bottle. The vet will know if they are big enough to be dewormed (I can't remember if there is a problem that young), and they may have ear mites or various fungal infections that need treatment.
It's been a long time since I had to do this. I wish I knew what to tell you, other than they are very cute and I hope you can help them stay alive.


Thanks, Carrie. So far, so good. They survived the night, and the day. They are drinking, although not very much - so we've taken to offering them formula more often. The second one (Doug refuses to give them names until week 2 or so) keeps climbing out of the laundry basket. They are licking each other, and snuggling up. We'll see.


Well, I know a thing or two about kittens. Several years ago, 8 were born in a box of my WHITE military uniforms, while I was still on ACTIVE DUTY!

Anyway, their mother had abandoned them shortly after birth and I became their new "mommy". Since I was living on a farm, it was decided that we would keep all eight.

I fed them goat's milk through a latex glove which had pin holes poked into the end of each finger.

KEEP THEM WARM. I "donated" those summer uniforms and added a wool sweater to their bedding. I later added a hot water bottle which I placed under the bedding and re-heated daily.


I washed them with with warm water and used the fine-end of an old comb to ever so gently keep their fur in good order. It also helped me detect parasites and other unwanted interlopers.


I cleaned and disinfected their bedding every few days but never outright changed it. They sort of liked the smell and seemed comforted by it.

After about 6-weeks or so, they were up and moving around the house. I started them on wet, high-protein mushy food at around 12-weeks.

I had no manual or internet to help me, but I can tell you that they all survived and lived to a ripe old age.

What foods should we send?

Do you want them in you September supplies? or sent sooner?


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