Sunday, April 10, 2011

weights


So I am concerned about the babies.  Supplementing didn't go as well as I would have liked.  They really prefer mom, which is a good thing.  The first time I got 4ccs in them.  Two ccs then a break then two more.  In the morning I got a bit more in them.  I then went to the shelter and got some actual KMR.  I read the ingredient label on that too, and realized there is corn syrup solids in this as well.  Oh well.

For the evening "feeding" I brought down a larger syringe.  doing it 1 cc at a time would break the rhythm of the kits when they started sucking from it.  I was able to get about 6ccs in this time around.

I weighed them in the AM and the boys are 3.3 and the girl is 2.8  They were exactly the same this evening.  I got 0.2 oz of fluid in them.

Jordan really enjoys left over milk, so I make extra.  She eats more at night then she does during the day.  She's still shedding pretty badly, and clumps of fur litter the bedding. Hopefully when the kits become a bit more independent I can do something about that.

3 comments:

  1. I am way behind in visiting and commenting and it's late, so this will be short. You may know some of this already, I didn't read back very far. You have a gram scale? Or a scale that weighs in ounces? Robust kittens usually weigh around 100grams at birth. A kitten should gain 10 to 15 grams a day. 30 grams is an ounce. Weigh them twice a day. If they weren't nursing at all, as with orphans, and you were feeding KMR or a similar product, they should eat 8cc per ounce per day. so 13cc per 100 grams the first week, 17ml per 100 grams the second week, 20ml per 100 grams the third week, 22cc per 100 grams the fourth week. Oh cc's and ml's are the same amount. As the kittens are nursing, the won't need this much, but they still should gain the 10-15 grams a day. Feeding the mom the leftovers is good. As is the a/d. A good dry food is Royal Canin Baby Cat (in the pink bag). The queens love it and you will have it on hand when time to start weaning the kittens. Let me know if I can be of any more help.

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  2. Oh, Connie! I'm behind on my reading and I missed you getting Jordan and the birth! Just scrolled back and got caught up.

    I understand your concerns, especially on the weights. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it just is taking a little while for Jordan's milk to come in fully and will be keeping the little family in prayer! And a couple of prayers for you, too, hon - I know this has got to be stressful.

    I'm glad Jordan got her pedicure. ;-) She's got to be more comfortable, now.

    You'll be in my thoughts! Stay strong!

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  3. I'm sending tons of positive thoughts to Jordan and the babies, and to you as well.

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