Hello, Carole and welcome!My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to assist you and your three kittens today.Bless you for taking them in and giving them a safe and loving home after their mother abandoned them!Lapping liquids is not too difficult to teach kittens of this age, especially if they have already started eating solids (canned and/or dry kitten food). If they are not yet eating solids, they should be started, now. If you need help with that also, please let me know. If they are still nursing from a bottle, this may be the reason they have no desire to lap; they're receiving their fluids in a different way and are only used to suckling.Place a shallow bowl of KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer or whichever formula you're using) on some sheets of newspapers with a plastic tarp or garbage bag underneath. This will be a messy job! : ) Take a clean finger and touch it to the first kitten's mouth with a drop of the KMR; he should lick it. Repeat this several times, then start moving your finger closer to the bowl each time, so that the kitten bends down his head and starts lapping. Don't be discouraged if this doesn't happen immediately. Consistency and patience are essential. Repeat this with each kitten separately and they will soon get the idea and start lapping. They should continue having the kitten formula for another week or two and fresh water, also in a very shallow bowl, should be available at all times. I hope this helped! Please keep me posted on how they are doing. Thanks!If you need any additional information, click 'Reply' and I will answer as soon as possible.If you found my answer helpful, please kindly provide a Positive Rating and Positive Feedback on the survey; I would appreciate it. Thanks!Warmest regards,Cher
Just a little bit of background on my three littles. My neighbor's grandchildren found the mom giving birth to the kittens in my bushes and began chasing her. She tried to flee with the kittens in her mouth and they kept chasing her. By the time I got out there, she had dropped the kitten she was carrying and disappeared. I called the vet, and he said once she was convinced of danger enough to drop the kitten she was carrying she would never be back. We found a second kitten in the bushes, so we took it in as well.
A week ago, a different neighbor found a kitten being mistreated by their dog and brought it to me. I really think this is their litter sister and that the mother had the rest of her litter in the other yard. Se is the same size as they are, maybe a little smaller, but going by teeth, the same age.
I already have good homes for all three as soon as they are able to eat solid food and go without eating while people are at work. They have agreed to my condition that if they can't keep the kitten it comes back to me and I will find a new home for it. My shitzu thinks she is their momma and will have a hard time giving them up. (She was abandoned as well, and she has bonded with them.)
At least taking care of them has helped me through the death of my wolf-dog. Anyway, I thought you might find the back story interesting. Hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for your help.