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Description from The Dud: This is for "Baby" the little black kitten with one white sock that we found in our backyard today. I think he is a week old at most, he still has the umbilical cord stump attached to his tummy and his eyes are still closed. Any suggestions on keeping this little one alive and well?


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  1. The Dud
    The Dud says:

    We found a one week old baby kitten in our backyard today. Eyes still closed and umbilical cord remnants still attached to his tummy. My mission is to keep “Baby” alive and well until he is able to eat on his own. I hope I can do it!

  2. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    If you don’t have a decent pet store around, check with your vet, I’ll bet they keep kitty “formula” around.

  3. The Dud
    The Dud says:

    Thanks, MoonBell. I stopped at the Humane Society and got some tips from them. I have formula that I am feeding him every 2 hours through an eyedropper and a heating pad under the nesting box that I have him in. I’ve never had to save a kitten this young before, so I’m a little nervous about this.

  4. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    That is so sweet of you, trying to raise the little kitten. I find it strange that you “found” it in your back yard. Sounds to me like someone dumbed the poor kitten in the area… Hope I am wrong, but it so kind of you! :-) Hope you will be able to save it. Love this pick too!

  5. The Dud
    The Dud says:

    Thanks, FaeryGoth Chick. Actually, we have a number of feral cats that come to our yard for food and shelter. We think mommy kitty either abandoned it, or was moving her kittens, we’re not sure. My husband found him crying and all by himself. We don’t know if mommy would have come back for him or not, but once my husband picked him up and brought him to me, I was afraid to put him back in the back yard by himself again. I’ve been feeding him every two hours and this last time I was able to get him to drink out of a bottle instead of an eyedropper. He’s so tiny!

  6. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Okay here goes, no experience with kitties but babie bunnies so….you need to keep baby warm. He has no littermates to cuddle with. You might want to go to the pet store and get kitty formula and a small doll bottle or some pet stores carry bottle for you. you will want to offer warm milk test on your wrist and the milk should drop, drop drop from the nipple. If it doesn’t carryfully get a very thin needle or straight pin (Silk ONes work great) heat it over a flame an enlarfe the nipple to the right size. Feed Baby every two hours and you need to rub them near the butt area to stimulate mama kitty helping them to “potty” and clean the babies. Leave the umbillical cord, it will fall off itself, just dab with alchol if it looks weepy or not like a giant scab. Hopefully all will go well but you have your work cut out for you. It may have been the runt so momma may not have fed this baby, but sounds like someone just left it? Oh and they sell micro/teddybears at the pet stores for puppies and kittens. You may want to check to make sure baby is maintaining body temp so you will need a theromoter! Good Luck!

  7. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    Good luck saving baby! Sounds like great advice given, so far!! I hope all goes well, I am praying for you and baby!!!

  8. Frida
    Frida says:

    Hope it goes well whit the little one! You have got really good advices here :) Just make sure he/she wee-wee and poo-poo as Dawn said use a pad whit some skin tempured water on and dabb, ‘lick movements’ like mommy cat would do. Another thing would be checking if someone has a cat that has a litter in the same age and see if she accept the little one! Al my good whishes to you, you do a awesome thing!

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Awwwww….. how sweet this little one must be! When I lived at home our cat, Midnight, had kittens. Sadly, she was hit on the road and we had to feed and take care of them :( They were probably 3 or 4 weeks old, so they knew how to eat. We fed them with a baby bottle for a short time, and then showed them how to eat from a dish. They turned out fine. It was so sad that they lost their mama, though. But I have to say that Jen and I sure had a good time playing their mamas! Good luck with this little one. It sounds like you got great advice here and I’m sure it will do just fine. Keep us updated!!! We would love to see a picture ;)

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    What a wonderful pick to introduce us to your new fur baby!!! You sound like an amazing person to take this little one in and keep him alive! Prayers are with you for a happy ending. BTW, I believe this kitty was put/left behind in YOUR yard for a reason — others might not have cared enough to keep him alive. Blessings to you! :D

    Would also love to see a photo when you have a free minute or two….. 8)

  11. The Dud
    The Dud says:

    Here is Baby!

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  12. Frida
    Frida says:

    Awww what a cutie pie :D

  13. The Dud
    The Dud says:

    Thanks everyone for all of your helpful tips, thoughts and prayers. I’m off to feed Baby again!

  14. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Baby is ADORABLE! Thanks for sharing him with us!!! :D

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Cutie. !

  16. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    AAAHHHHHHHH, what a sweety!! I have a black cat, too (Ruffus!).. I got Ginko, (in the picture) when she was too young! But, as you can see, she’s made it just fine!!! Lot’s of love added to all the other advice, should work just fine!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!

  17. No Photo
    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Oh, how adorable!! Baby is in very good hands :)

  18. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    how cute!!!!! baby is in good hands, I can tell :-)

  19. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    How sweet! Best of luck to you! :D

  20. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Donna, beautiful Pick! Hope everything is going well, best wishes as you try to care for ‘Baby’!

  21. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Oh! I can just hear that piercing baby kitten cry, and I get all mushy. Thank you for taking the little sweetie under you care. Is he/she pooping (with you assistance, as described by Frida?) This is crucial. Good luck!

  22. No Photo
    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Ditto Eeka Mouse’s and Dawn’s comments about manually helping the little one to pee/poop. I’ve used a moist rag over my fingertip to simulate Momma’s tongue.

    It’s wonderful of you to save this guy. He’s so adorable.

  23. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    I don’t know much about kittens but I had to hand feed 5 pups from 2 days old…keeping a heating pad under the blanket and feedin them often…it was a wonderful experience but alot of sleepless nights…no one to clean their bottoms had to stimulate with a wet cloth as moms do by their get tham to go…best of luck with your little one hope it comes out well…..

  24. The Dud
    The Dud says:

    Baby Update! On Sunday we found mommy kitty and Baby’s two siblings’ hiding place (thanks to Molly our dog who was sniffing around them). While mommy was away we put Baby back with his siblings and all was well. But, on Monday after work when I checked on them, another kitten was left behind. I waited a couple of hours and mommy never came back for this kitten, so we took him in. I took him to work with me yesterday so I could feed him, etc. and, fortunately, found someone with a mommy kitty to take Baby 2 in! What a roller coaster ride trying to keep two babies alive and healthy – but with a happy ending! Here’s a picture of Baby 2.


  25. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Donna, congrats on being chosen as a Pick of the Week! :D

    Thanks for the update on the babies! So glad things are going well! Oh, my — Baby #2 is smaller than a Beanie Baby!!! 8O

  26. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Donna, what a week you’ve had, with two baby kittens, whew – so glad it worked out for both of ‘em, especially Baby, too young to be without mama! and thanks for the pics of both of the cuties, so glad you found mama kitties for both of ‘em… and congrats on this Pick being one of the Favs of the week!! Bless you for all that you did rescuing and making sure they both got taken care of!! :)

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Donna ,congrats on this pick being one of week favs . Thanks for the update .

  28. The Dud
    The Dud says:

    Wow, how’d I get to be one of the favorites of the week?

    Thanks to everyone for all their thoughts and prayers for both of my “Babies.” It was quite a learning experience for me. I’ve never had to rescue such young kittens before!

    Here’s are really cute picture of Baby 2 that I took while I was taking care of him at work.


  29. No Photo
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    WOW babty 2 is so cute !!

  30. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I’m sad to hear that you returned baby #1 to the feral life. I hope he makes it. I’m glad baby #2 has found a safe home and adoptive mom-cat.

    I stumbled onto a site that will captivate & make you smile and tear up – photos & stories mostly of rescued cats kittens:

  31. No Photo
    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Awwww…..I’m glad Baby #2 found a mommy. Thanks, Eeka Mouse. I’m going to check out the site!! Cats are very special, we have 4 ;)

  32. The Dud
    The Dud says:

    After rescuing Baby and returning him to his mommy on August 9th, I have just now seen him for the first time since returning him to his mommy. Here is a picture I took of him this morning when I saw him in our yard. He’s all dressed up for Halloween with the cobwebs on his face! I was so happy to see him again after returning him to his real mommy!


  33. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    How sweet! Glad he made it!

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