Found very skinny kittens, need some info?? Pictures added.

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by TMNTCkins, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. TMNTCkins

    TMNTCkins Chillin' With My Peeps

    Today we found two very very skinny kittens. Mabey 4-5 wks old. When you pick them up you can feel all the bones in there little bodies. They are very scared.
    We gave them food (wet the dry cat food, all I have tonight) and water, they were very thirsty. They are covered in fleas and stickers and I'm sure they have worms.
    So question is should I just feed them for a few day's before we give bathes and how long should I wait to worm them?
    We have had many kittens but never ones in such poor condition.
    Any info would be great.

    Thank You :)
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    For the fleas: this is time consuming but will not hurt them. Dip a Q-Tip in alcohol and stun the fleas and pick them off. They are too young to bath in a flea dip right now.
  3. PitterPaws

    PitterPaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2007
    I would say get them to the vet as soon as you can, to make sure they have a clean bill of health.

    Also get out a flea comb and get those fleas off of your kitties quick, You don't want your house to become infested with Fleas, and you don't want your kittens to be sucked dry. I don't know if they are too young to flea bathe yet. but a flea comb will keep the fleas under control for awhile, until you can get them to a vet.
  4. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    I recently found a litter of four kittens in my garden. They were only about two weeks old (just opening their eyes) and they were wet and cold. I brought them in, and tried to find the mother cat with no luck. When I took the little guys to the vet for a quick check up the vet wormed them and gave them a flea treatment right away. She said that the parasites (both worms and fleas) would sap their energy and slow their weight gain. So, my suggestion to you is to clean them up and treat them for parasites right away. Then just keep them warm and fed until they bulk up and calm down. Kittens can recover quite quickly once you keep them fed and warm. Good luck to you.
  5. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    If you can afford a quick vet trip it would be good for a vet to worm them and treat them for fleas.
  6. Fawkes

    Fawkes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2011
    When I found baby kittens with fleas I used a flea comb. It took awhile but worked like a charm. You can put the fleas in a bowl of water after you pull them out of the flea comb. They will drown in the water and then after you are done flea combing the kittens you can pour them down the drain.
  7. duck walk

    duck walk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2009
    white springs, fl
    the fleas and worms have to go like now...they will not recover or relax until they are comfortable...try sleeping with fifty fleas in your underwear and you will get what I mean...and the worms are consuming any intake of calories...clean, warm, dry and full...good luck with them...poor little things...
  8. TMNTCkins

    TMNTCkins Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for all the good info. Today I will get the stickers and fleas off of them. They are wild so this will be fun. The stickers are going to be hard because some of them are stuck down to there skin. Not sure if I will be keeping them but at least we can help them get better.
  9. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    My now year old cat was found in similar condition. The neighbor who found him bathed him in water with either baby shampoo or dawn dishsoap. When I took the kitty to the vet a couple of days later, she said that it was exactly the right thing to do. She also said that the neighbor had done a very good job, and got every flea.
  10. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    Blue Dawn is safe for bathing them. Also we rescued a kitten years ago and the vet recommended feeding it baby food meats as it wasn't ready for soppy kitten food yet. He was so little he fit in the palm of my moms hand. That boy lived a full long happy kitty life.

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