My kitty escaped and has 3 week old kittens. I assume she’ll come home when her boobies are full of milk and engorged n such. How often do they feed? Every 2 hours? 3? I don’t know. It’s been 3 hours and the kittens still aren’t hungry and the momma still isn’t home. We have done everything under the sun to get her to come home too. Her kittens are fat and healthy so I thought it was every few hours. But they’re not hungry. Idk… anyone know this one?
Answer by Ariane deR
By 3 wks old they can go about every 4 hours, they might possibly even be fine for 6 if they had a big feed before that , .but the kittens would be getting hungry and their mama would probably be pretty full of milk so hopefully she’ll be back.
If she doesn’t come home & the kittens get hungry and are crying you will need to bottle feed them. You would need to get bottles with nipples for feeding small animals. Or an eye dropper or oral syringe may work. Don’t give them regular cow’s milk, that often gives kittens diarrhea. Either buy formula like KMR, or there are recipes to make your own kitten formula. Hopefully you won’t need them, but just in case, here are some recipes http://www.hdw-inc.com/glop.htm
Here is another , and this site also tells how to feed them (for ex they should be positioned the way they are when they nurse from their mother (not held on their back or something). http://www.kitten-rescue.com/what_to_feed.html
At 3 wks they may or may not be able to eliminate without help. In case they can’t do it on their own yet, if you do have to bottle feed them you should afterward take a damp cotton ball / pad and rub gently on their abdomen and ano-genital area to stimulate them to urinate and defecate, then of course wipe them clean.
When the mama kitty comes back in, I would keep her and the kittens in one room with the door closed. That will keep them safer when they start running around and will keep mama from darting out the outside door. You seriously need to be careful about that, because nursing doesn’t always prevent pregnancy, and if she gets pregnant again so soon it would not be good at all for her or for the kittens — trying to nurse one litter while growing another is very hard on a cat. It happened with a cat of ours when i was young, The 2nd litter died and the mother cat got really run down & had to stay in the vet hospital.
So be vigilant about keeping her in the ” nursery” especially whenever anybody opens the outside door. If she wants to go outside you could try taking her out with a harness and leash.
Then you can get her spayed when they’re about 8 weeks.
.If you are going to be giving the kittens to new homes, keep them to 10 weeks at the minimum. Actually, good breeders of pedigree cats keep them to at least 12 weeks, and your cat’s kittens deserve just as good a start in life. Kittens can have behaviour problems if separated too young.
They can get their first vaccines for distemper & other common cat diseases sometime from 6-8 weeks. Then the vet will tell you the schedule for the rest.
You might be able to find a low cost clinic for spay/ neuter and maybe also for vaccines.
ASPCA’s Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic Database http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/
A couple other databases: