New Kittens

  1. Ok, so my preggo wild outdoor cat had her kittens today.
    We had brought her in starting a couple of weeks ago and kinda tamed her down. Last night I had a feeling she was going to pop them out. We found a cardboard box and filled it with dirt and tried to teach what it was for ( I think she may have finally figured it out).
    Anyhoo-5 kittens, mostly black. I'll let them stay in for awhile.
    How long before eyes open, how long before they are weaned?
    I should wait a couple of days, I think, before sending them outside.
    -R
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   prmenrs
    If you put them outdoors, try to keep them confined somewhere, or they'll be appetizers...too small to be lunch. Also, try to handle them every day so they are not too feral. If you can keep them w/mom till 6 weeks, great. Don't forget shots, esp FIV (similar to HIV, but in cats). You can get the shots @ pet stores, if it's legal in your state. You have to add diluent to another vial, the needle will get dull, so snag an extra needle from work. Hold the kitten between your knees, have one of the kids scratch them under the chin, pick up the skin between the scapulae, put the needle into the 'dent' in the tent. Oh, and FLEAS!! They can make the kittens VERY anemic--basically bleed them out. Get flea gtts from the store, put them on mom, that should help control them. Kittens can get bathed, too, if the fleas are too bad. Just use baby shampoo, and dry them real well. Don't try bathing mom, (not that I think you would), she'll hurt you.

    I don't know if this fits w/your Darwinian approach to cats, but.... @ 6 weeks they should be independent. They will breed @ 5 months, so neuter/spay if that's not what you want.

    CONGRATUALATIONS!!! WHERE'S THE PICTURES??
  4. by   Mimi2RN
    Rusty, their eyes don't open for 8- 10 days, and it'll be 3 weeks before they are getting around. Start giving them kitten food round that time, mom should be eating that right now, while she is nursing six babies.

    I agree, get them fixed.......one momma cat is enough to have around.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I take it you are not celebrating, Russell. Pls if you can, at least take the kittens to the humane society or find homes or else you will have a whole new, HUGE generation of feral cats to cope with.
  6. by   ?burntout
    I want to see pictures!!!

    I wish I could help more on the kittens...it has been a looooonnnnggg time since I took care of them that little
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I take it you are not celebrating, Russell. Pls if you can, at least take the kittens to the humane society or find homes or else you will have a whole new, HUGE generation of feral cats to cope with.
    Thats why we are taming the mama.
    We already have most of them given away. Cats are in pretty high demand out here. Hard to find a good black cat that can really mouse!
    I will get mamma spayed after this.
    The kittens are cute as hell. And mama is doing a good job considering this is her first litter. I took pictures but my camera battery is low and I don't know where the charger is. Robin isn't home right now so I'll load them in the morning I hope.
    -Russell
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Always make sure Mama has plenty of fresh food (kitten formula preferable, since she's nursing) and water. She needs it now more than ever (because of the nursing, and considering what she just went through lol).
  9. by   prmenrs
    Rusty, those kittens haven't even BEGUN to get cute. How do your dogs like them?
  10. by   jemb
    Ooooh, yes, gotta see pictures, Rusty! Kittens are so cute when they start moving around and playing with everything. (and I mean everything!)

    Glad you're finding homes for them.
  11. by   nursebedlam
    Quote from Rustyhammer
    Thats why we are taming the mama.
    We already have most of them given away. Cats are in pretty high demand out here. Hard to find a good black cat that can really mouse!
    I will get mamma spayed after this.
    The kittens are cute as hell. And mama is doing a good job considering this is her first litter. I took pictures but my camera battery is low and I don't know where the charger is. Robin isn't home right now so I'll load them in the morning I hope.
    -Russell
    congrats,,,,, how sweet,, can't wait to see the pictures
  12. by   jnette
    I'll take one !!!

    We're on the hunt for a kitten. Finally got our place in our name, so we can have pets now... and I'm anxious to have a kitty again ! Whoooot !!!

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