So like an idiot I finally decide I will never get a kitten. All my cats have been older strays & rescues, at least 6-8 months old when they show up at the back door. That’s fine, I like them older and more independent. So naturally, having actually been foolish enough to say this out loud…
4-ish week old kitten in the grocery store parking lot on Sunday morning, dodging under cars. What can I do? He’s not in great shape - covered in fleas, undernourished, one eye infected. Luckily our local vet is open 7 days a week and can see him in half an hour. He’s a scant 8 ounces but has all his kitten teeth so no worries about nursing. We get the fleas killed, some antibiotics, pick up some kitten food, KMR and a dropper, and take him home. A second run to Pet Smart and we discover that they have no kitten-sized litter boxes, but a ferret box is just about perfect.
Didn’t want to write too soon in case he didn’t live the first 24 hours. But, he seems to be doing a bit better. Still won’t eat on his own but is a bit more active and doesn’t fight the eye-dropper as much today. Got a little soft kitten food in his mouth and he seems to be getting the hang of chewing.
We almost lost him the first night - he is very clingy but we put him in a cat kennel Sunday night and he was almost dead in the morning. He spent Monday inside my husband’s shirt and last night in my hair and was much better this morning. My husband has been off work but goes back tomorrow, so I wil be bringing him to work with me for the next few days - still needing to feed him every three hours or so, but hopefully he will start eating on his own soon.
I know there are some Dopers out there with experience hand-raising very young kittens, so any advise I can get would be great. I’ve nursed older sick cats before, but I’m a bit awkward around a cat that fits in one hand.
Yesterday I would have said I am fostering him and will be looking for a home in a few weeks but after spending all day in his shirt, my husband officially named him Leonides (already shortened to Dez), so he’ll be ours. I’ll post a couple pictures after I get home - can’t get Photobucket working at the moment. I think he’s going to be a longish-haired cat, cream colored with very pale orange stripes. His head, ears & paws are huge compared to the rest of him, so I suspect he’s going to be a big boy eventually.