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We are bottle feeding 2 week old abandoned kittens and have

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we are bottle feeding 2 week old abandoned kittens and have one very constipated Have tried stimulating her and added water and Karo syrup to formula but no luck, We already lost one kitten and are really out of ideas Late nite no Vet here. Thank you, Cyndii
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  VetTechErin replied 2 years ago.
Hi there, my name is ***** ***** I'd be happy to answer your question. Serious constipation should be addressed by your vet, but in cases of mild constipation where stimulation has not worked, vets can sometime suggest a lactulose syrup from a local pharmacy. Lactulose is doses at about 1-2 mls per 2 pounds of cat, so a tiny kitten would get more along the lines of 1/10th or 0.1 mls of the syrup to help move the bowels. Too much can cause runny diarrhea and abdominal cramping, so this measure is typically not meant to be a long-term solution for vet care. Avoid giving things at home like liquid paraffin or other oils, and they are extremely easy for kitten to inhale, which can lead to a pneumonia - a very dangerous thing for a young kitten. If you are still seeing the constipation tomorrow morning, it's safest to get him into a clinic for treatment there.
Expert:  VetTechErin replied 2 years ago.
Constipation can also be very common in kittens that are bottle feeding on formula, so if this comes as a common occurrence, sometimes adding a bit more water to the solution is necessary in the long-term.