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04/12/2010 06:51 AM

Needing Nipples...

naddya819
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Okay, now that I have your attention....LOL

I have 2 baby cats that mama abandonded in my yard, and I'm trying to keep them alive long enough to eat on their own, and our local PAWS will take them and adopt them. Right now, I am using a syringe with a small piece of shrink tubing attached as a nipple. It works, sort of, but kitties are getting frustrated with it. I get paid Wednesday and I'll go to Petsmart and buy a bottle then, but I need any ideas to get through till then. Maybe a rubber glove fingertip? Anything!!

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04/12/2010 07:43 AM
oregonnative
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Naddy, what a delima! I asked hubby, as he's dealt with this problem, when he found some abandoned baby possums. He used Q-tips, dipped them in warm milk. He said it worked quite well. Befor that he was just putting milk in his hand and dipping their mouths in it. He said they tried to breathe it at first, and choked a litte, but soon got the idea. I, being a worry wart, was afraid they would aspirate it and get pneumonia. Didn't happen. Hope this helps and something works until you can get to the store.

Kiss the kitties for me. Smile Nothing as sweet as baby anythings! Oh, and hug you for me too for being such a good samaratin! Hugs, Karen


04/12/2010 07:56 AM
Kristie1972
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i did the same thing with my oldest cat. you can get the bottles at walmart for like 98 cents each. my cat liked the cheep bottles better than the ones that cost more. the ones at walmart have littler nipples than the ones at pet smart..

04/12/2010 08:19 AM
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We used plastic syringes that you give medicine with. They are tiny and have cc's on the side you have to suck up the milk then squirt it in their mouth slowly I have had to do it twice. I used mothers milk. Walmart sells it as well as local pet stores suprisingly the price was comparible but they do need those nutrients they can't just drink milk. Good luck and don't get attached lol. Wink

04/12/2010 08:21 AM
MissStacey
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The vet will just give you the syringes and you can rinse them out.

04/12/2010 08:48 AM
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Naddya, since you have other animals, won't your regular vet give you the nipples of whatever it is you need. My vet does that kind of stuff all the time. MOst of them are very caring and more than willing to donate supplies. I would call them immediately!

04/12/2010 09:17 AM
naddya819
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I don't have a regular vet as I give all my pets their vaccinations myself. It's cheaper. I have an equine specialist for my horse but his things are probably going to be too big. I am currently using syringes but the kitties are getting frustrated. Might try the Q-tip idea, especially for the runt.

I've picked up several syringes at work, and one with a catheter tip on it, that maybe we can use. I've asked about the premie baby nipples but they're the same size as the regular baby nipples, only a different texture (so say 2 different nurses). But I also have one of those thermometer probe covers, and it conveniently screws into the syringes! All I need is for hubby to heat a small needle and put a tiny hole into it. I think we can keep them going until we can get to the store!


04/13/2010 08:46 PM
debbie1955
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I used the syringe thing too. You just pull up so much milk and old them kind of on their backs and very slowly push the plunger in.

Are they pooping and peeing ok? We had a mother cat (drop off) that had five babies and took care of them for 2 weeks and then decided to leave them. I found them one morning, 2 dead, the runt holding on, and 2 that were in pretty good shape. We got them warm and called Petsmart. They said they needed this special milk and they ate it real good out of the syringe. But I never even thought why the mommy cat always licks them all over and it seems she would do it all the time. Well, they weren't bming or peeing so I ask the vet what to do. Hold them upside down, over a towel, and rub their bellies and bottoms with a warm large cotton ball. As I did this they would start to pee and bm right there in the rags. I thought helping my newborn daughter to have a bm was bad but here I was doing it with 2 kittens several times a day. I really am not an animal person. I love kitties and cats but after they can do stuff on their own. But they were real easy to train to use the litter box and to feed milk and food. My kitchen is carpeted so I didn't really want a mess to clean up all the time so I trained them to eat out of saucers on an old cookie sheet. I would then wipe their mouths and paws clean and let them go to play. After doing this for only about 5 days, they would get done, and sit there and look at me to wash them up and then they would run off to play. So cute. We couldn't keep them at the time, Gabby and Tigger, but really missed them when they were gone.

Thinking back about it, I never thought I would have a kitten pooping and peeing in my hand. LOL Laughing

What we will do when we have to!

Lots of hugs,

Debbie

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04/14/2010 07:01 AM
naddya819
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Update: Fatso and Tiny are doing well, made it through the first week, and today I get paid so I can buy them each a bottle and some kitten formula and whatever else I see that I think they may need.

Yes, I've had to teach them to urinate and BM the first several days. Sometimes now they will do it on their own but we still stimulate them to make sure they're doing it. I'm with you Debbie, never thought I'd be doing that with a cat! LOL Here is a picture of Fatso:

Ok, photobucket isn't working right now, so I'll try later. My pics from my cell phone are too big!

Post edited by: naddya819, at: 04/14/2010 07:09 AM


04/14/2010 07:17 AM
crystalvision
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Also Wal _Mart has a kitty baby bottle & formula, We have been down this road and I'm happy to report evil the cat is 2 years old
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