Orphaned kittens - loonnngggg - updated with pics
Well, orphaned by tying them in a plastic bag and throwing them out at the dump! :mad::mad::mad:
I was in the feed store last Monday and a guy came in with a little box holding two teeny, tiny, little kittens. He had been to the dump that morning and found the above mentioned plastic bag by the crying coming from it. They were about 2-3 weeks old and the littlest one was stone cold. I agreed to take them and got kitty baby bottles and kitten milk replacer. The girl at the feed store donated a bottle of pre-mixed milk replacer so we could get something into them right away. My girlfriend held them inside her jacket to try to warm them and bottle fed them while I drove. We were off on a long day to buy and deliver feed. I named them Tiny and Bruiser, as in "He's a tiny little thing and the other one is a big bruiser - by comparison". Tiny weighed 5.5 ounces and Bruiser weighed 8 ounces.
They were clean and their eyes were clear. Must have just been dumped that morning when the dump opened. If the people who dumped them didn't want kittens, they should have spayed their cat, but oh well. I have them now and they are absolutely adorable. They are waddling around, following me everywhere. The sleep in a cardboard box with a heating pad under a dog bed and some towels so they stay warm but not fried. In the last couple of days, when I set them down on the floor to learn how to walk and gain strength, they waddle - on their own - over to a kitty cube and kitty dome I have on the floor, climb in, and go to sleep. Bruiser is a tabby with a LOT of white and is starting to play and wrestle a bit and He's actually starting to take baby steps in washing himself. Tiny is black with white paw tips and a teeny bit of white in a drizzled stripe on his belly. Tiny is very fuzzy and may be a med or long hair. Bruiser is a DSH.
OK, here's the question. How on earth do you train these little guys to use a litter box? They're probably too young right now anyway, but they don't pee right after their bottle. It seems to be completely at random, so you can't just put them in a litter box after they eat. They are drinking more each day and gaining weight well, and, did I say - they are ABSOLUTELY AORABLE! I also hope they will start drinking milk from a bowl pretty soon. It's not easy bottle feeding 2 very hungry kitties at the same time when they first wake up in the morning.
Jingles & AO for these kittens ~ Bless you for helping them ~
Jingles & AO for these kittens ~ bless you for helping them ~