I have a few questions. First off, I'd like to say that my kitten is one month old (as of Today), and no, she doesn't have a kitty mom, nor would I be able to give her back. I've also taken care of kittens from 1 week old and so on, I haven't had this problem though.
I got the kitten on Wednesday. My sister informed me that the mother left and they haven't seen her in days and she remembered that I had taken care of kittens before, so she gave her to me for my birthday. The previous owners also informed her that the kittens were eating canned food already. My mind was blown, I always thought kittens had milk until 6 weeks. So, of course we sat the kitten down and offered her soft food, and she took it. I didn't feel comfortable giving her straight canned food, so I watered it down half of the time, the other half I've mixed it with kitten Milk Replacer (Link: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3480958
), as well as giving her straight kitten milk replacer in an eye dropper.
Here's the problem. Wednesday afternoon until Saturday morning she hadn't pooped. 10AM Sat she did. After, she was acting as if she were starving. So, I gave her the usual, food and milk. She finished almost 2 spoonfuls - which is odd because she never finishes the half I usually give her. I read somewhere that kittens her age are suppose to poop every day. Well, since Saturday morning, she hasn't pooped again. I've stimulated her, she'll push, meow and then run away. I've decided to take her off of the canned food until I'm confident that she'll be able to poop it out, which I am assuming that won't be until her 6th of 7th week. Now, how do I get her to poop? I've done different stimulation techniques. Some circle thing, rubbing her belly, rubbing her sides, as well as her tail. Nothing. I need something different, and vet approved (I read somewhere that someone gave their kitten an enema! Uh, no thanks) that will guarantee that she'll poop.
Also, since we're on the topic of pooping, how many times should a kitten that young go? And should she poop (after the canned food is out of her) when I give her the milk? A friend of mine said that since I'd be giving her liquid, she should be releasing liquid.
Speaking about liquid. She doesn't like to drink water. I've been adding extra water to her milk. I've tried to give her some in a eye dropper, but she doesn't' take it. I've also dabbed some on her chin, offered it to her on my finger, switched between milk and water. She just doesn't want it. I don't want the poor thing to get dehydrated, so any suggestions?
Now, I have 2 other adult cats. One that's 1 1/2 years old and the other is 9. The 9 year old cat has warmed up to the kitten (on the first night she was here), my other cat, well.. She doesn't like her too much. She'll hiss and run away, but over the past two days I've caught her on top of the boxes looking down at the kitten, just watching. I just want her to warm up and start cleaning her. That's very selfish of me, but at least I'd know that my cat is doing what the mother cat would do.
Last problem, for now. My kitten likes to lick cardboard boxes. Anyone experienced this and should I be alarmed?
Wow, this is a lot. I apologize. I should know all of this. I've had cats since before I could walk. There are just some things you forget I guess.