meme asked in PetsCats · 10 years ago

I need advice about orphaned kittens?

I have 5 orphaned kittens who are 4 weeks old their mother was killed when they were 2 weeks old and I have been bottle feeding them.When it is time for them to eat they will all cry alittle to let me know but there is on kitten who will attack the other kitten and I dont understand why.I feed them every 3-4 hours so I dont understand why he does this any ideas why.

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  • 10 years ago
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    You may want to try wet kitten/cat food mixed with a little warm water since they are already 4 weeks old. If they don't seem interested in it, dab a bit on their lips and when they lick it off they will be able to taste it. That usually gets them eating wet food and soon on to small dry kibbles. If you can get them eating wet food, you can set out a few saucers or spread some out on a plate so they can all eat together, but have enough room so they don't have to fight. I worked in a shelter, and all kittens "attack" each other. It is how they play and sort out their dominance, so don't worry about that. We need more people like you willing to help animals! Good luck with them ^_^

    Source(s): Worked in animal shelters, worked as an animal protection officer, fostered many kittens.
  • Laila
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    First of all, you're amazing for helping these poor kittens out!

    Are you feeding them kitten formula instead of cow's milk?

    Eek attack? Can you separate him from the rest a little bit?

  • 10 years ago

    the same thing happened to us i got my kitten on solid food by mixing kitten meat with cat milk (you can buy it at the shop its better for them than cows milk) just add a bit more meat day by day you may be better starting with just milk show the kittens the milk even

  • The kitten is probably not used to being fed separately one at a time so the will probably fight to see who is more dominant or they are probably really hungry.

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  • 10 years ago

    There is a lot of information involved with raising a species differing from your own! Take heart, there is plenty of information online for you that your burden may be lessened! It is an honor to take part in the rearing of cats, for they are one of the few creatures of this wild earth that have been with us humans since almost the beginning of our history, if not before!

    Never forget that we responsible humans have a duty to do our best in the care of these animals since they are at our mercy in most circumstance. Most if not all of homeless felines are due to the irresponsible acts of irresponsible humans, we owe the cats our help! You and I must pick up the slack and perform a responsible act!

    In regards to your actual question, at this age they should begin to form alliances with siblings, and they may gang up on one or more of the litter. This one may be acting this out. The alliances may shift as time goes by. Some times boys will gang up on girls, and vice versa. Or the alliances may be non gender specific. and they may act out in other ways. If this kitten is overly aggressive, I am not sure as to the reason. Make sure they are offered plenty of food, and it should be soft. This is the weaning age, so make sure any food you offer them is moist. If you buy dry food, add warm water and wait till it is slightly mushy, they mush it with a fork. their digestive tracts need time to adjust to the new food, as they are coming off a liquid diet.

    You may try feeding them more often, as this kitten may be very hungry. Also, since the mother is gone, you must do your best to be the best substitute mother! Have you been rubbing their bums with soft cloth? They need to be stimulated in order to go to the restroom. The mother would do this by licking their pubic areas. Both urination and defecation need assistance! Softly rub there pubic areas with moist cloth to get them to go. At this age they should be trying to use the litter box, but with out a mother it may be delayed. Make sure they are using the restroom!

    Also, the mother would be bathing them, it is important for them to learn grooming at this age. Spend a good amount of time petting them in the manor as they may think you are grooming them.

    Make sure you handle, that is carefully pick them up, and hold them often. They are quite impressionable now and need to learn that you are a care giver and they are safe in your hands. They will be much more friendly and lovable to you if you handle them with care often at this age.

    There is a lot to take in, I can’t imagine I covered it all! Check out the many online sources. Take heart and thank you for doing your best to give these cats a great chance at life and a good home! I have been where you are and felt over whelmed too! Do your best!

    Here is a plethora of links!

    Hand raised:

    http://www.2ndchance.info/orphankitten.htm

    http://www.fabcats.org/owners/kittens/handrearing....

    http://www.kitten-rescue.com/

    General kitten information:

    http://www.for-the-love-of-cats.com/CatDevelopment...

    http://www.boutiquekittens.com/Kitten-Development....

    http://cats.about.com/od/kittencare/ss/track6weeks...

    http://www.for-the-love-of-cats.com/CatDevelopment...

    http://ezinearticles.com/?Kitten-Development-From-...

    http://www.cat-world.com.au/kitten-development

    http://cat-care.suite101.com/article.cfm/kitten_de...

    Source(s): lots of reading and raising stray kittens myself!
  • 10 years ago

    Survival instinct. Like people, cats are all different too. Hold it a lot and pet it a lot to calm it down.

  • survival instinct/domintating.

    my kittens do that as well.

  • 10 years ago

    that was the one pushing them off the nipple lol. they're in every litter.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    poor things :(

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